Packers: Jake Kumerow needs strong summer to make roster

Green Bay Packers, Jake Kumerow (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Jake Kumerow (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Packers wide receiver Jake Kumerow needs to have a strong summer to make the roster.

Jake Kumerow has put in strong performances throughout the preseason over the past couple of years, but that’s yet to translate into production in the regular season.

There will be competition at wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, and Kumerow could need another strong performance at training camp and in the preseason to make the roster.

Will this be the season Kumerow becomes a consistent part of the Packers offense?

Kumerow has impressed for Packers during preseason

In 2018, Kumerow caught six passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason, but then suffered a shoulder injury on a touchdown celebration during one of the games.

The injury would keep him out until Week 13. Kumerow lost momentum from a dominant start to the preseason and would finish the 2018 regular season with just eight catches for 103 yards and a touchdown.

Kumerow performed well again in the 2019 preseason, this time making seven catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.

But despite playing in 14 games with four starts during the regular season, he would only make 12 catches for 219 yards and a touchdown. It wasn’t the impact many expected from Kumerow in 2019.

There will be competition at wide receiver during training camp and the preseason.

Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, and new signing Devin Funchess are all roster locks. Marquez Valdes-Scantling likely is, too, as well as returning Equanimeous St. Brown. Kumerow could compete for the sixth spot, but he will need to outperform Reggie Begelton, who will be a player to watch at training camp.

If Kumerow can put together another strong training camp and preseason and continue to build a connection with Aaron Rodgers, he’ll have a good shot of making the 53-man roster. But after a disappointing 2019 season, it’s no guarantee.