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Report: Packers releasing WR Jake Kumerow

Multiple reports indicate the former UW-Whitewater star will not make the Packers roster despite heavy praise from Aaron Rodgers

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In the first big surprise of roster cutdown day, the Green Bay Packers are apparently releasing a fan favorite.

According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, the Green Bay Packers are releasing wide receiver Jake Kumerow.

Kumerow was a favorite of both Packers fans and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. A product of the Division III University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Kumerow was the local boy on the Packers which endeared him to fans but also had a big supporter in Rodgers.

Just days ago on Sirius NFL Radio the quarterback, perhaps sensing Kumerow was on the roster bubble, hyped up the receiver saying he loved his reliability and has been an adamant supporter for years.

Sadly the quarterback doesn’t get his wish and Kumerow heads to waivers. There of course remains the possibility Green Bay brings him back but the Packers seem intent on going another direction at wide receiver.

Kumerow entered camp as a favorite to land perhaps the fourth wide receiver spot and with no draft pick to challenge him, he seemed like he had a decent chance to make the team based on experience along thanks to COVID-19 eliminating all in-person portions of the offseason program.

Instead he’s now out of work and searching for a new team.

Kumerow’s time in Green Bay ends with 20 catches for 322 yards and two touchdowns.