The Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver position has been in quite the state of flux this season. The one constant has been Davante Adams, who is on pace for over 1,500 yards in 2018. However, the group of players behind him has been struck by injuries and features plenty of youth, so no single individual has stepped up as a consistent complementary threat.
The Packers have one receiver on injured reserve — Geronimo Allison — and another in Randall Cobb who is dealing with a nagging hamstring injury that has kept him out of several games. Prior to last week’s game in Seattle, the Packers activated Trevor Davis from injured reserve, but Davis is primarily a return specialist and is not expected to contribute much, if anything, on offense. That leaves a trio of rookies to pick up the slack, with Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown, and J’Mon Moore getting the opportunities in order from most to least.
On Wednesday, however, the Packers took the first step at bringing another player into that mix. Jake Kumerow, who led the Packers in receiving in the 2018 preseason, is on injured reserve, but he practiced with the team on Wednesday. This means that Kumerow is officially the second and final Packers player who is designated for return from injured reserve this season.
Kumerow went on IR after final cuts but prior to the Packers’ week one game, making him eligible for the return designation. He suffered a self-inflicted shoulder injury after leaping into the end zone during the Packers’ second preseason game, but ended up with 190 receiving yards and two touchdowns, both of which led the team over the entire exhibition season. He could be activated any time, since eight games have passed since he went on the reserve list.
As for how Kumerow would fit into the lineup, that much remains very much uncertain. The Packers have leaned on Valdes-Scantling as the team’s second outside receiver and a primary deep threat with Allison out, and St. Brown has spent significant time in the slot when Cobb has been unavailable. Cobb may also return on Sunday against Minnesota to take back some of those snaps. It is entirely possible that once Kumerow is active, he may only land ahead of Moore and Davis on the receiver depth chart. The other possibility is that the team sees him having value on special teams as a gunner on coverage units.
Kumerow has never suited up in an NFL game yet in his career, having spent most of his time in the league on various practice squads. Still, keep an eye out to see if and when Kumerow returns to active status to make his debut.