Better late than never for Packers receiver Kumerow

Former Whitewater star logs first career TD

Former UW-Whitewater standout Jake Kumerow had to wait more than three years, but he finally caught his first career NFL touchdown pass. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hooked up with Kumerow on a 49-yard strike in the second quarter of the Packers 44-38 overtime win against the Jets.

“Meant a lot to score the first one, you know. It felt really good,” Kumerow said after the game. “Like I said to the guys, listen to the play call in the huddle and executed my assignment like I do every day in practice. There’s nothing different to it. I didn’t have to change anything. I was just running my route.”

Kumerow was signed to the Bengals’ and Patriots’ practice squads after graduating Whitewater in 2014. The Packers signed him as a free agent this offseason, but his Green Bay career was put in jeopardy before it even started.

The 26-year-old injured his shoulder during the Packers preseason game against the Steelers, and he was placed on injured reserve. He didn’t catch a pass until week 13 against the Cardinals, but he’s making the most of his time when he gets on the field.

“When he’s out there he makes plays,” Rodgers said. “He’s such a good guy, a good teammate. He practices the right way. He’s been around. He’s been cut buy a number of teams. His story is so incredible. It was fun to be able to get him his first touchdown.”

Kumerow has five catches for 84 yards this season. He’s also a part of the Packers kick coverage unit.