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Jake Kumerow's return a 'galvanizing moment' for the Packers?

-- The "galvanizing moment" may have occurred on Wednesday for the Green Bay Packers.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers also may have been joking when he said that, but there's no doubt that having receiver Jake Kumerow back at practice was an uplifting turn of events.

Kumerow, who has been on injured reserve since the preseason with a shoulder injury, officially starts the clock on his return. He's eligible to play as soon as Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

"He’s a talented guy. I think a lot of us were wondering if he was going to be back on the field this year," Rodgers said of the Wisconsin-Whitewater product. "He understands the game. He has a great sense about him in space and he can get open, he was incredible in training camp earning a spot on the squad. ... It’ll be nice to get him out there and get him some opportunities."

Rodgers has been vocal in praising Kumerow, who was the team's best receiver through the first two weeks of exhibition play before suffering his injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

After stationing with the Cincinnati Bengals for three seasons and lasting two weeks with the New England Patriots, it's possible the 26-year-old Kumerow finally has a permanent place of residency with the Packers.

"It feels good," Kumerow said of his return to practice. "I've been going week by week just doing all I can, waiting for my time, waiting for my opportunity. You can’t jump the gun, you gotta be patient sometimes. I was just waiting for the opportunity, and now they got me back out there practicing and I feel good; legs are fresh."

The passing game has run through Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in recent weeks, as well as tight end Jimmy Graham, who suffered a broken thumb in the team's loss to the Seattle Seahawks last week.

Regular-season action and preseason action are two completely different animals, so it's entirely possible Kumerow doesn't see many opportunities against the Vikings. Or the Packers could maximize his opportunities by deploying him as a utility weapon in certain situations.

They might not have a choice either. With Randall Cobb still a limited participant in practice with a hamstring injury and Geronimo Allison on injured reserve, the Packers could use a little more firepower at the receiver position.

"They think I could come help the team out. I’m just here to help the team in any way I can," Kumerow said.

"They say you have to get your legs underneath you. I’m like, ‘I’ve been running around for seven weeks now, my legs are underneath me.’ They’re good."


Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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Nick Perry's picture

I like this kid but when you take your first TD to the house lets NOT do the whole somersault thing again.

Bearmeat's picture


The real question - if Kumerow does well, is GMo done here after this year? His deal is up and he's an RFA...

The TKstinator's picture

Reasonable and logical.

(Are you sure you’re at the right place?)

Bearmeat's picture

Sorry, TK. My bad.


Better? :D

The TKstinator's picture


Nick Perry's picture

I hope so. I like Geronimo and thought he was having a damn nice season before his injury. He obviously words hard, wants to be better, AND Rodgers trusts him. If some crazy GM doesn't offer him crazy money like some of the WR got last spring I'd like to see him back.

SJ EC's picture

Totally agree - GMo has done everything that’s been asked of him, and I personally would love to see him back, but this is a business after all, and could easily see how he’d be released after his contract expires.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

If that was true you'd be off spending it.

PAPackerbacker's picture

It's nice to see Kumerow return, but will he get many opportunities to play? I fear his talents will go unrecognized by MM, much like Aaron Jones. I'm hoping Kumerow will ignite a spark to the offense, but he has to be on the field, not the bench, to do so.

The TKstinator's picture

12 likes him, so, if he can just make it onto the field, pretty sure he’ll get some passes thrown his way.

PAPackerbacker's picture

That's a big "if" he makes it on the field. i have confidence in Kumerow and his skills. I don't have confidence MM will put him on the field.

Nick Perry's picture

Plus Gute kept him so I like his shot of getting a chance.

Skip greenBayless's picture

Absolutely 100% Kumerows rise from the ashes will not only inspire his team on to victory but I predict he''ll start a movement of good that will galvanize the nation and quite possibly the world. People have no idea what this kid is capable of. He lead the NFL in receiving in the preseason before he took that leap of faith in the end zone as the Lord told him he was needed elsewhere for 8 weeks. The galvanization starts holy Sunday. Are you ready?

The TKstinator's picture

Testify, my brother.

Nick Perry's picture


Nick Perry's picture


Where do you come up with some of this stuff?

Do you do office Christmas parties?

albert999's picture

couldn’t agree more !

bodei1newbie1's picture

it is nice to see him back but will rodgers have tunnel vision and not throw him the ball it's a wait and see thing

Donster's picture

Kumerow has shown a lot of promise. I hope he can deliver, if he plays. MM may just stick him on special teams. Rodgers likes Kumerow, so hopefully we will see him in at WR. Replace Cobb. They need a good look at him for next season. If he plays extremely well, Alison could be gone after the season. Though he played well early, injuries haven't been kind to the young man. J'Mon Moore, so far, looks like a bust. He would be playing a lot more if he was good. 1 catch for 10 yards so far this season isn't a good sign. Maybe he will turn it around in next seasons OTA's and training camp.

The TKstinator's picture

Some players take time. GB sees him in practice and is either encouraged or discouraged. If it’s the second one, we won’t hear about it. He was picked in front of MVS and The Alphabet at WR for a reason. I say chill for now.

Jonathan Spader's picture

Sounds like you want to see Moore of him TK....

The TKstinator's picture

Well played!

Guam's picture

I would love to see him succeed, but he seems to have brought his stone hands with him from college. That is something the coaches can't fix. Next year will tell the tale, but he may be a miss. Thank heavens for MVS and ESB.

The TKstinator's picture

Roberto Duran?

Rossonero's picture

Let's hope McCarthy decides to actually USE Kumerow and do whatever he can to scheme guys open. He could be the spark that we need.

Minnesota's secondary is not what it was last year. Mike Hughes, their 1st rounder, tore an ACL and is out for the season.

Trae Waynes hasn't lived up to his 1st rd billing either. Terence Newman's veteran presence seems to be missed.

Xavier Rhodes is still their top guy, but he's been battling a foot injury most of the season.

Vikings are still strong at safety with Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo, but Sendejo was DNP for Wednesday's practice with a groin injury.

Slim11's picture

With a banged up secondary, this will be the game MM will decide to focus on giving the ball to Aaron Jones!

marpag1's picture

Hey, I like Kumerow's story... who doesn't? But if Jake Kumerow turns out to be the "galvanizing moment" then I will never forgive the Packers for not turning this turd-wagon of a season around sooner than they did. If all it took was Jake Kumerow's presence to galvanize the team, why couldn't they have been galvanized by an especially good batch of Gatorade? Or maybe by an unseasonably warm day in November?

HankScorpio's picture

Kumerow is a D-3 college player that went undrafted and hasn't advanced beyond the PS since leaving college in 2015. Given that Cobb has been basically worthless after week 1 and Allison is on IR, I think he can be a modest upgrade. But no more.

If they can turn things around, it will be because Rodgers gets his head on straight and the offensive staff gets their heads out of their rear ends. Kumerow is not much of a factor there beyond some kind of placebo effect.

Nick Perry's picture

Adam Thielen played at a D-3 school didn't he? He also went undrafted and spent time on the PS as well....

The thing about Kumarow was he came in was beating the pants off higher picked rookies and NFL veterans in the preseason. The kid is obviously a hard worker and they see a lot in him if he was stashed on IR and then actually brought back. Most are given an injury settlement and shown the door.

LeotisHarris's picture

Troof, Nick. Mr Mankato has gone from D-III to the Pro Bowl. I like Jake, too, and hope he can contribute.

HankScorpio's picture

If I had a dollar for every training camp wonder that flopped when things got serious, I'd be comfortably retired. Maybe Kumerow is the next guy to beat the overwhelming odds like Adam Thielen did. But it is more likely that he's not.

Nick Perry's picture

You can say that again Hank...And the odds of a D-3 WR are definitely stacked against them making it in the NFL. I mean normally they played D-3 for a reason. BUT, I think our boy Jake has something. He may not turn out to be Thielen who some are calling the best WR in the NFL....

LOL....Everytime I hear that I have a "Common Man" moment.

Guam's picture

So was Reggie Gilbert beating the pants off everyone in preseason. Not saying Kumarow won't blossom a la Williams, but it would be a long shot.

Packer Fan's picture

Kumerow a galvanizing moment. No.

If anything is, it has been the last week. Coaches and players know their season is on the line and perhaps too their job.

Since '61's picture

At this point Kumerow is more of a wait and see moment than a galvanizing moment. I wish him well, we need all the help we can find. Thanks, Since '61

PatrickGB's picture

Let’s see if “Jake the Snake” can weave his way through the queens backfield and make some catches. Midfield catches like Cobb and Gmo used to do. If he can and the Packers play at a good tempo, then maybe all is not lost. But I cannot see this team with their current health go much further than a wildcard spot. But who knows?

nostradanus's picture

At this point the Packers need any kind of feel good spark they can get.

Whether it’s Kumerow coming back or an impassioned speech from Rodgers to win one for Big Mike McCarthy’s job security.

Firing the head man can mean complete overhauls and major turnover in personal, which can mean the end of careers for fringe players and goodbye to popular assistant coaches like Campen, Witt and Pettine.

Let’s hope that the Packers can right the ship, turn this thing around, win out and sneak into the playoffs.

Why not, they’ve done it before under McCarthy when the chips were down.

Happy Thanksgiving my cheesy brethren and

Tarynfor12's picture

All we need is ba da da la
All we need is ba da da la
All we need is Ku-me row
Ku is all we need
Ku is all we need
Ku is all we need

Holding hands over eyes and peeking through fingers.
: )

BoCallahan's picture

You have way too much free time.

Tarynfor12's picture

I've been retired for a long time, of course I have free time. Though I'd always find time to come here and commensurate.

Rebecca's picture

“Commensurate” omg lol

The TKstinator's picture

I commiserate with you, R.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

We have until the beginning of the 2019 season!!

Go Kumerow!!!

LeotisHarris's picture

I thought Lane Taylor's birthday today would be the moment to turn this season around, but the return of an injured free agent receiver makes a lot more sense.

Isn't galvanizing intended to prevent rust? So, Aaron is calling for a moment in this season to prevent rust? And, of course, the lap-dog Green Bay media nods and prints it as is, as if it is gospel. Not a single follow-up question regarding Simonizing or One Hour Martinizing. Did Wilde ask, "Aaron, do you see Pasteurizing as an option to save the season?" NO!

I'm hoping for a cauterizing moment in Minnesota, immediately followed by a rejuvenating moment between Aaron and Coach McCarthy. Go Pack!

calabasa's picture

One-Hour Martinizing!

The TKstinator's picture

Isn’t he the guy wearing #50??

Skip greenBayless's picture

I also thought the same thing Leotis. I know a friend of mine said Mike McCarthy took his car in last week to Ziebart to get the steel frame rust proof for the WI winter. I hope to hell this wasn't the galvanizing moment Rodgers speaks of. If it is we are screwed. Right now I do believe that Kumerow was/is the missing piece that finally get this team going. I guess we'll know at the end of Sunday if it was Kumerow or Mike McCarthy's rust free underside that was the galavanizing moment.

LeotisHarris's picture

They didn't throw in the rust proofing for free when Coach bought his ride? Damn. I thought when Walt took the deal to his sales manager he really worked hard for Mike to get the best deal possible.

Handsback's picture

When you look at the Packer's receivers how good are they compared to the rest of the league?

Adams for sure is a true number 1 and one of the best. Who's number 2 and 3? Is MVS a true number 2? I don't think so. He has shown great improvement and has a skill set that's better than most every WR in the league with his speed and hands, but he's not the number 2 guy yet. So let's put him number 3.

Cobb has been out and Graham hasn't played as a number 2 guy all season. So who are the guys that Rodgers has to throw to? It has been rookies/back up TEs when he's had to look away from Adams.

So I guess what I'm saying is that we are seeing in the Green Bay offense is the lack of quality receivers that Rodgers trust. When Cobb isn't out there or has a bad game.....he is very hesitant to throw to a rookie like MVS. Which is why he's pushing the ball to Adams more than he should. He doesn't trust his receiver corp.

Enter Kumerow, and now he has a guy who runs those sure routes and can get open. So now he has a more reliable receiver that he trust and with Cobb back, has a more complete group considering MVS has shown some real positive game perfomances.
Is it a lot to put on Kumerow? Probably, but at this point Rodgers needs as many friendly faces he can get to throw to.

All of this begs the question on why hasn't he thrown to the outlet receivers more? I can't answer that. Why hold the ball longer when you have an open guy that can get you 5 or more yards. Let's see what transpires in the next couple of weeks and see if Kumerow becomes the change agent.

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

Doug Niemczynski's picture

All straws should be paper recyclable and NOT plastic.

Concerned Environmental Packers Fan

Nick Perry's picture

"So I guess what I'm saying is that we are seeing in the Green Bay offense is the lack of quality receivers that Rodgers trust."

I'm right there with you on this and have been saying something similar for 2 years now though more in relation to why McCarthy's offense is no longer effective. 2011 is a distant memory in GB. Jennings, Nelson, Jones, Finley & Driver are long gone. Thompson was so damn stuck on drafting defense he let other positions go, WR being one of them.

"Is MVS a true number 2? I don't think so. He has shown great improvement and has a skill set that's better than most every WR in the league with his speed and hands, but he's not the number 2 guy yet. So let's put him number 3."

Again another excellent point. BUT I'm really looking forward to what this kid brings next season. Especially if I hear he's working out with Davante Adams in the Off-Season. I think MVS is a true #2 next season and because of his speed just may be 1A in 3 years when Adams starts to slow a bit. I'm also confident Gute will continue to add to the WR group through the draft or even FA.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

When your offense is based on matchups and your guys beating the other as opposed to being schemed open then you'll find yourself with a trust dependency.

BoCallahan's picture

We are really grasping at straws if we view Kumerow as a savior.

Tarynfor12's picture

Grasping at straws is a feat no other does better than Packer fans.

HankScorpio's picture

You must not know a very diverse cross-section of Packer fans. Or fans of any other team in any other sport, for that matter.

Heck, just read the comments here. There is some enthusiasm and some yawns over this more. As would be expected for pretty much any move by pretty much any team in pretty much any sport in gathering spots like this for said team.

Tarynfor12's picture

You sir, take things to seriously or is it just with me,since others often attempt levity with no adverse replies.
Be that as it may, I will endeavor to offer more so your reply has a place.

Jonathan Spader's picture

Can't reply too often Tayrn your downvotes no longer double your thumbs up and I know how much both don't mean to you lol.

dobber's picture

Perhaps, but if the offense needs to find consistency to take off, perhaps he is the missing piece that will start that kind of play. A chain-mover and underneath guy that #12 WANTS to throw to and will keep drives going.

calabasa's picture

Wow. CheeseheadTV and ESPN both covering this hot take, simultaneously.

The TKstinator's picture

And at the same time, too!

Oppy's picture

What are you guys talking about. I heard they were covering it concurrently.

LeotisHarris's picture

Commensurate coverage of the aforementioned hot take?

Rebecca's picture

You Sir, are a true treasure!

The TKstinator's picture

Hear, hear!!
(Or is it ‘here, here’?)

dobber's picture

In this case it might be "hear, here".

The TKstinator's picture

Very, very awesome!
(But no “plethora”?)

stockholder's picture

Just being honest: Kumerow can't beat the press. At 4.55 and 4.6 he won't run away from anybody. Kumerow is a short yardage WR. Doubt A-Rod can hit him when he won't throw to a clear open Jones. The injury to Kumerow leaves a lot questions about durability. Still Arron Rodgers loves the games of telling him somebody is not good enough. If Kumerow has one thing working for him. It's the pre- season. But how many players have good pre-seasons and just don't make that impact during the regular season. This roster is full of doom and gloom. The guys that make it show up on Sunday. The guys that are over-paid sit on the trainers table. The packers chances now rest with A-Rod. The coach is in the corner with a dunce cap. Regardless the vikings have the better team. But we have the Hail Mary.

sonomaca's picture

Twelve is in another spat with his family. Didn’t call his mother as she was trying to escape fire in Cali. Jordan harassing him on Twitter. Got to be a distraction.

fastmoving's picture

"Didn’t call his mother as she was trying to escape fire in Cali."

do you know how strange your stuff sounds?? but as long as someone believes this drama stuff…...we have to read it. can never be too senseless and to unlogic……..

other than that, AR has only one way to go on the field and that has nothing to do with family.

Kumerow is a good story but not a great player. But he may have some chemistry with Rodgers, that should help a lot and cover the athletic shortcomings. but generally I wouldn't see the WRs as a problem, the Rookies played better than expected.

Nick Perry's picture

It's all actually true....His mother WAS mad Rodgers didn't call or check on her. The fires up by Chico where Rodgers is from were terrible this year as are the fires every year here in California. My office wasn't that far from one of the fires and evacuation fires 2 weeks ago down in Southern Cali. Every morning I'd come in there would be 4 new pre-recorded messages from the Fire Marshall updating us of the "Situation" at hand. I could walk out of the office and see HUGE clouds of smoke being moved along my 55 MPH winds. They seemed like they were just over the roof of the next building they were so huge.

BUT ... His brother is a real POS actually, at least IMO. BUT the fire part is real. I mean it must be since it made TMZ right??

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Jordan expects us all to believe Aaron doesn't communicate with his family for absolutely no reason at all. Somehow I doubt this is true.

The TKstinator's picture

Twitter is not the place for this stuff.
That’s why I hold Jordan in low esteem.

Skip greenBayless's picture

Favre and Rodgers. The difference between these two are striking not only in play on the field but their families off the field. Brett had a very loving family. They did some stupid things thru the years but Bonita and Irv and the rest were always there for Brett good times and bad. Whenever Brett got in trouble his brothers were right there on his side to protect him. Aaron Rodgers it appears has simply left his family in the dust for whatever reason. No unity, no love and totally divisive. It's so bad his brother had to go to Twitter and call him a phoney. Did anyone ever see this coming? Amazing times we are living in.

The TKstinator's picture

I doubt we will EVER get Aaron’s side of this story. The whole thing just seems so sad.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

At least he is something to be happy about!


Go Pack Go!

packergal's picture

Galvanizing, Martinizing, Pasteurizing, Cauterizing and NOW Kumerow-Rising!!!

How about a Sunday WIN and SILENCING the dreaded horn!

LeotisHarris's picture

I hate that ridiculous horn.

Who do you think they'll roll out to blow it Sunday night? (Tees up TK for a blow and Chuck Foreman or Carl Eller reference)

Lare's picture

I love the horn. Every time they blow it it reminds what a hick every Vikings fan truly is.

Good teams with educated fans don't need to blow a horn to remind them that something kind of positive happened.

Jonathan Spader's picture

I think the horn is fitting everytime I hear it I'm reminded that the Vikings blow.

The TKstinator's picture

(A bit late to the party here.)
I’m hoping Chuck and Carl are all out of blow by the time of the GB-MN kickoff!

LeotisHarris's picture

Atta boy, I knew you'd come through!

The TKstinator's picture

Thank you, we aims to please.

Samson's picture

A galvanizing moment for the Pack?? -- What an overly dramatic & almost ridiculous statement.
I love rags to riches stories just like most but there is a better chance that Kumerow will be an afterthought in another year or two. -- He's already on his 3rd organization in the NFL. -- He's never played in a real NFL regular season game. -- He's never caught a pass other than preseason.

I wish him all the success possible but ........... please don't ask me to list all the WR "darlings" that have passed through GB in the last decade or so. -- The list is a long one.

Lare's picture

You never know, most of us thought Fackrell was a bust also.

Samson's picture

Fackrell was a 3rd round draft choice (88th pick in 2016) for a reason. --- Jake Kumerow was an undrafted FA for a reason. -- There's a huge difference.

The TKstinator's picture

Shhh....I have it on good authority that Kumerow was the real engineer (behind the scenes, of course) of NASA’s first moon landing.

Later, Randy Moss heard about the whole “moon” thing and did what he did out of jealousy and spite.

Bure9620's picture

Pump dem brakes. We have not yet seen Kumerow have success against starter caliber players when it matters. I like him but no way he gets snaps ahead of Davante, MVS or St. Brown.

Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

The sun will come out, Kumerow.
Bet your bottom dollar that Kumerow,
There’ll be sun.
Kumerow, Kumerow, I love you, Kumerow,
Your only a day away.

mrj007's picture

No , Kumrow return unlikely to "galvanize" anything... CRUSHING the Vikings on SNF might. Hope Packers make a statement - they really need to.

Demon's picture

Activating Jake was the right thing to do, if nothing else it couldnt hurt. Im assuming Cobb will probably be sent to IR.

As for Kumerow sticking with the team, who knows? Tramon Williams was an UDFA that was cut by the Texans.

G-mo Allison has carved out a niche in GB no reason Kumerow cant.

Assuuming Kumerow is going to ignite anything with the Pack is just plain foolish!!

This is another case of wishful thinking and Pack fans overvaluing Packer players.

In preseason several of you posters were comparing our 3 rookie WR's to Randy Moss, Sterling Sharpe and Jerry Rice. Come on people be REALISTIC.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

Send MM to IR !!

Lare's picture

Both of them.

Rebecca's picture

All I know is if Kumerow doesn’t take full advantage of whatever opportunities he gets, he’ll be pretty close to done in the NFL. Galvanize Shmalvinize.

The TKstinator's picture

Say it again!

12guage's picture

Get him on the field and lets see what he can do. I really liked both him and tonyan in the preseason. I want to see some players with fire in their belly out there on the field. Aaron really liked him too. Lets not screw this up Mccarthy....your a big reason our season sucks

4zone's picture

We will see come Sunday now won't we.

JimR_in_SoCal's picture

I’d be happy to see the Packers’ hopes for the post-season gain a little traction. So, I guess maybe I’m looking to Kumerow’s return to provide a vulcanizing moment.

DD's picture

A lot of positive comments on a galvanizing moment. Key to galvanizing is one thing and one thing only, if MM can gameplan and inspire the team. Will MM use the run game, TE's, and more creative route running? I doubt it as he hasn't changed or has the ability to change so far or this late in the season. New wrinkles? Don't bet the house on it. I feel we will see the same ole offense and the vike receivers wide open. As far as Kumerow, why not? Why, because MM will not insert him, or give him much opportunity. Maybe a play or two, but as with the run game MM won't stick with it. MM knows all too well this is a must game for his job! A win, hope. A lose, fire MM on Monday and ride the season out in disappointment. Frustrating to watch this year's road games.

DD's picture

Enough excuses. Rodgers must watch Brees. 39 years old, 74 plus% in passing, and connecting with receivers who are rookies and don't even get first team reps. Why? COACHING! Fact.'s picture

"galvanizing moment" you are grasping at straws, this isn't the second coming of Jerry Rice, could he be a help absolutely, but seriously all he has been a practice squad and preseason guy, so thinking he is the sole answer to saving the season I don' t buy that

The TKstinator's picture

Is ten catches, 174 yards, and two TD’s expecting too much in a 49-2 GB win?

dobber's picture

By halftime, maybe...

Lare's picture

No Kumerow this week.

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