The New Orleans Saints added a veteran wide receiver to their corps as injury insurance right before the start of the 2020 NFL Playoffs.
The New Orleans Saints silently and quickly signed third-year wide receiver to help the injured wide receiver corps of the black and gold. It came at a time when the team could use the help with Michael Thomas having played only a couple of games this season.
Jake Kumerow was signed by the Green Bay Packers and played for them from 2018-2019. In those two years, Kumerow racked up 20 receptions for 322 yards and two touchdowns. Packers quarterback’ Aaron Rodgers has only great things to say about Kumerow.
Joseph Cervantes from Clutch Points reported on Rodgers saying, “Jake Kumerow has been such a solid performer for us for the last couple of years. I love his reliability. He makes plays, he plays with a lot of coincidence, and he’s a guy who you love having on the squad.”
He then made his way to the Buffalo Bills in 2020 where he was only targeted once. He did catch that one ball for 22 yards and a touchdown. He started zero games in 2019 and only made an appearance in six games for the Bills.
Despite the catch in Week 15, the Bills obviously still found no need for the wide receiver and waived him last week. What one team doesn’t want can be another team’s needed tool. The Saints promptly picked him up off waivers before he made it to free agency.
Sean Payton even had great things to say about him in an article by Kyle Mosley of Sports Illustrated, “Well, we see an experienced player, got good size, versatility, someone who’s played a kicking game. He’s someone that we feel like could come in and quickly learn what we’re wanting to do at receiver.”
The Saints still have Emmanuel Sanders, Tre’Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway, and Bennie Fowler, but with Michael Thoams injured, Kumerow has just added insurance for the team. This is the year that they need it more than ever.
We saw it with the Cleveland Browns last week. With the COVID-19 pandemic continued to linger around, who knows when you might be in a situation that you need a receiver because everyone else either has or was a close contact of COVID-19.