Packers Morning Buzz: What role will Jake Kumerow play?
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The Packers (4-6-1) are 14-point favorites to get back on the winning track Sunday when they host the Arizona Cardinals (2-9) at noon.
We'll start with Jim Owczarski's story about a busy day of roster moves for the Packers, who activated wide receiver Jake Kumerow and fullback Danny Vitale on Saturday and placed defensive tackle Mike Daniels (foot) and wide receiver/returner Trevor Davis (hamstring) on injured reserve.
What could it mean for Kumerow, a UW-Whitewater product who will be making his NFL regular-season debut? Jim writes:
Kumerow had an impressive training camp and start to the preseason, catching six passes for 190 yards and two scores in two exhibition games.
But even the coaching staff isn’t sure what kind of immediate impact he could have offensively upon return.
“He looks good, he’s moving well, he’s getting some repetitions,” Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said Thursday. “We’ll see what happens, number one, if he’s available, and number two, how much we can be able to get him going in a short period of time. He hasn’t been practicing much and obviously, I don’t know, what was it the second game maybe he got hurt in the preseason? There’s two weeks there, there’s eight or 10 weeks already, so it’s long time. But he does look good.”
You can read the whole story here:
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