First early surprise: Packers are releasing WR Jake Kumerow, according to a source. This a day after Aaron Rodgers counted Kumerow among the four returning receivers he suggested were locks to make it again. https://t.co/nvmlCZ3qPM
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) September 5, 2020
This move comes as a big surprise by the organization, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers said just a few days ago that he'll be a lock to make the team’s 53-man roster. During an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Rodgers praised Kumerow's playmaking.
“Jake Kumerow has been such a solid performer for us for the last couple of years. I love his reliability,” Rodgers said. “I think he’s a fantastic, steady player, who’s very heady on the field. He makes plays, he plays with a lot of coincidence, and he’s a guy who you love having on the squad.”
Kumerow, 28, came into the league as undrafted rookie from Wisconsin. He played with the Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots before signing with the Packers in 2017. This past season, showed plenty of promise, recording 12 passes for 219 yards in 14 games. In his two seasons with the Packers, he recorded 20 catches for 322 yards and two touchdowns.
Nevertheless, despite Rodgers' wish to keep Kumerow, the Packers still ended up releasing him.
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst will have to trim the 80-man roster down to 53 players by Saturday afternoon. As of right now, the Packers have made 27 cuts.
The Packers are slated to play their first game of the regular season on Sept 13. against the Minnesota Vikings.