EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (WBAY) Sunday’s game against the Jets and next week's finale are of particular importance to the Packers young receiving corps looking to build their resumes, and get more game reps with Aaron Rodgers.
Three of Green Bay's young pass catchers were able to do both those things against New York.Two rookies, Equanimeous St. Brown and Marquez Valdes-scantling led the packers in receiving yards and UW-Whitewater product, Jake Kumerow hauled in his first career touchdown, a 49-yarder to get the Packers on the board in the 2nd quarter.
“You know, I thought they all contributed and made some plays,” Packers Interim Head Coach Joe Philbin said. “Obviously Jake (Kumerow), it was great to see him have a big play there, so you know, I saw a lot of good things.”
“It was a great feeling,” Packers wide receiver Jake Kumerow said. “But, you know, we've ran that play a bunch of times in practice, and I’ve caught that same ball so many times, so it was really nothing different. I'm just glad to be out there helping the guys put points on the board man, helping the team win.”
Kumerow was expected to play a role on this team early before a preseason stinger turned into much more and landed him on the injured reserve list until Week 12 of the NFL season.
“What a rocky, crazy road for him,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “There was a time when I think a lot of us thought he (Jake Kumerow) might not come off, and he comes off, and when he's out there, he makes plays. I just think he's such a good guy, good teammate. He practices the right way. You know he's been around. He's been cut by a number of teams, and his story is just so incredible.”
“The ways we could use him (Jake Kumerow) if he had a little more experience, I mean, it's dangerous,” Packers wide receiver Davante Adams said. “He's an excellent wide receiver. He's a great teammate. You know, he learns, and he's eager to learn which makes it real easy for me, being a vet in that room to kind of coast through, and same with E.Q. (Equanimeous St. Brown) and Quez (Marquez Valdes-Scantling).”
“Big games always build confidence,” Kumerow said. “You know, if the game doesn't go your way, you build the confidence that week and in the film room.”
“I mean, it's just an opportunity for us to get better to keep progressing forward,” Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling said. “Just get some game experience, and just go out and get a win.”
Sunday wasn't all about the young wideouts. Veteran Davante Adams was chasing Sterling Sharpe's single season reception record of 112 catches. Adams is now one catch shy of matching that and needs 134 yards to tie Jordy Nelson's single season receiving yards record. Adams said it would mean more to him to break one or both of these next week in front of the home crowd.