Pinky injury and all, Packers' Kumerow still fighting for roster spot

-- In the heat of a position bottle at the wide receiver position, the last thing Jake Kumerow can afford right now is another injury that stunts an early regular-season debut.

Unfortunately, a pinky injury suffered during Monday's joint practice with the Houston Texans could be mildly concerning.

The Green Bay Packers' journeyman wide receiver has quickly transformed into a fan favorite, as well as one of quarterback Aaron Rodgers' favorite targets. After a strong showing at last week's annual Family Night practice, it seemed as if Kumerow was heading towards a possible lock for the final roster.

"I've had plenty of jams, nicks, bumps and bruises before, so I'm just fighting through it," Kumerow said after Monday's practice, according to Packers.com. It's possible he may have been downplaying the injury considering he dropped out of Family Night briefly with a hand injury before returning. It's unclear whether or not this is the same injury.

Either way, the Packers would ideally want Kumerow healthy if they stash him as one of their 53-best players come final cut-downs in September. With four preseason games on deck -- including Thursday's opener against the Texans -- there's still plenty of time for Kumerow to show that he can stay upright for an extended period of time.

There's more than enough competition at the bottom of the Packers' depth chart, with names such as Teo Redding, Darrius Shepherd and Jawill Davis all making periodic positive plays in practice. Enough to show that the margin for error in this battle is going to be razor-thin.

Monday featured the first opportunity for that trio of receiving targets to play against another team rather than the Packers' own defensive backs. Kumerow, however, has just five accrued regular-season games under his belt despite being 27 years old.

"We've been going against the same guys for quite a while now, so it's good to get some routes ran against different guys with different techniques and leverages," Kumerow said. 

A benefit of these joint practices -- and for any of these receivers fighting to make the roster -- is that the Packers are able to familiarize themselves with the opposition prior to the preseason opener. It presents an opportunity for them to figure out what works and what doesn't.

"You get a feel for the guy you're going against and get your eye on some of the numbers. It's good to get a good idea and maybe practice a few things here in practice that you may use in a game or may not use in a game.

"Now that we've got a good feel for what these guys are all about, tomorrow should be a lot better for moving the ball around and completing more passes; I think we're going to do a better job."

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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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Mory Werner's picture

August 06, 2019 at 07:16 am

I love Touchdown jesus!

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Mannix's picture

August 06, 2019 at 04:45 pm

Amen Mory, Amen. We all love Touchdown Jesus. I'll never forget someone here last year I can't remember his name but he had a catchy phrase. He said Kumerow looks like Jesus and plays like Jordy. The more he plays, the more it is true. He really does look like Jesus Christ himself with the beard and long hair and yes, he does play a lot like a young Jordy Nelson especially those longer throws along the sidelines. He's a lock. I have him as the no. 2 receiver in terms of Rodgers trusting to throw too, being in the right position and actually catching the ball.

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GBPDAN1's picture

August 06, 2019 at 08:37 am

Hope that pinky heals soon

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PatrickGB's picture

August 06, 2019 at 09:21 am

Better a pinky than a shoulder.

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Packers2019's picture

August 06, 2019 at 09:42 am

Well it should be:

Adams, MVS, Allison, Kumerow, and St Brown.

Then it depends on if we go 5 or 6 WR's. I do not think we keep 7. Davis might have a leg up due to ST's (if he stays healthy). Moore has done nothing to want me to keep him. Shepherd and Redding can be stashed on the practice squad. (Maybe Lazard)

It is interesting, though. Allison has been quiet so far and so has St Brown. Will we see a surprise cut?

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dobber's picture

August 06, 2019 at 09:56 am

ESB in particular has been quiet of late. Is this a no news is good news thing? A no news is no news thing? Allison has been getting some press (more than ESB), but not as much as some others. Meanwhile, MVS gets press mostly for his inability to connect with #12. None of these 3 guys is getting cut.

"Moore has done nothing to want me to keep him. "

I had to read this about 5 times. ;)

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Lare's picture

August 06, 2019 at 01:33 pm

It all comes down to how many WRs the Packers decide to keep. If it's 7 Moore will make the roster, if it's 6 he won't.

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Cheezdik's picture

August 06, 2019 at 03:27 pm

Lol. Kumerow is light years better than St Brown. Who killed it at Family Night? Kumerow.

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Mannix's picture

August 06, 2019 at 03:46 pm

The question to me about Kumerow isn't is he better than so and so but who are the receivers Aaron Rodgers "trusts" to throw too because let's face it, you can have all the talent in the world like J'Mon Moore but if you can't catch the ball and are not in the place you are supposed to be and you are incapable of reading Aaron Rodgers mind or body language, you pretty much are guaranteed not to play or have the ball thrown your way if you do.

Here's my list of Packers top receivers based on the Rodgers trust factor:

1. Adams
2, Kumerow
3. Geronimo
4. MVS
5. ESB

Any person other than these 5 will have to duke it out in the preseason. It's anyones guess after this. Right now Moore is really a long shot to even make this team if you ask me. He needs to really step up his game big time. The only guy on that list who could potentially be replaced with a more talented/speedy guy but less studious is Geronimo.

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GatorJason's picture

August 06, 2019 at 05:52 pm

What about Trevor Davis? He's had the most productive preseason to date among WRs not named Adams. All QBs on the roster have hooked up with Davis including Rodgers. Davis is a lock when considering his bonus skill as PR/KR. Bakhtiari said T. Davis looks like he is tailor made for this style of offense.

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Mannix's picture

August 06, 2019 at 08:25 pm

Yes, Trevor Davis is one of those speed guys that could beat out a Geronimo Allison if Aaron Rodgers doesn't go bollistic and has power in that decision process. I personally hope to hell Davis makes it for special teams specifically because he's one of the better guys in the NFL at punt and kick returns. The fact he's now playing great at receiver is a double bonus but I still don't consider him a "lock". He'll have to show it this preseason. At least up to now this training camp he certainly deserves a roster spot based on results.

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PatrickGB's picture

August 06, 2019 at 09:58 am

G-mo is supposed to be still recovering from his core injury. ESB is smooth but just OK in every thing else. Moore has a reputation for stone hands. I wonder how much this newer system favors certain players. Perhaps that plays a role in who we keep and who gets cut.

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Sol's picture

August 06, 2019 at 12:23 pm

I honestly think no mater how the receiver competition ends up playing out we will be just fine because we have a deadly accurate QB if he is healthy. I am especially interested in G-MO, he had a great start last year before an injury and he always seems to catch the low throws. It absolutely amazes me how he can pick them off the grass and make it look so easy. They are very had to intercept and always seems to lead to a first down. I was able to watch practice the other day and when the QB’s were throwing at nets I was amazed at how much more accurate AR throws were, the forty yard throws to the corner of the end zone were a sight to see.

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Doug Niemczynski's picture

August 06, 2019 at 01:17 pm

GO KUMEROW!!!!!

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August 06, 2019 at 05:59 pm

Kumerow's injury history works against him. He either makes the roster or gets cut early. Could be a cap cut, but that a front office call. This may be his last chance in the NFL. As the WR I see only three solid ( Adams, MVS, G-MO) two a coaches decision (Davis, ESB) and the rest a front office call. (outright cuts or PS, Moore) I hate to say this, but with the Packers cap, I expect more cuts this year to be based on keeping the cap is flexible as possible.

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August 06, 2019 at 06:33 pm

If I was coach. This is how you figure it out. Play Rodgers likes; string grouping. SWR Allison RWR Adams LWR Kumerow. (Sub Davis for Adams) string grouping SWR MVS LWR st. Brown RWR Moore. ( Sub Shepard for Moore) Don't interchange them. Cut them accordingly.

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