A Bengals college free agent signee for 2015, Kumerow spent last season on practice squad and has opened there for 2016 ... Began career at University of Illinois, transferred to Division-III Wisconsin-Whitewater before the 2012 season.
Career transactions: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 5-8-15 ... Waived by Bengals on 9-5-15 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 9-6-15 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 1-11-16 ... Waived by Bengals on 9-3-16 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 9-4-16.
2016 highlights: On practice squad for Games 1-4 ... Posted four catches for 67 yards in preseason.
Previous season: 2015—Appeared in all four preseason games, logging six catches for 65 yards ... On practice squad for Games 1-16 and Wild Card playoff.
College: Played three seasons (2012-14) for Wisconsin Whitewater, after playing as redshirt freshman in ’11 at Illinois ... Finished Wisconsin-Whitewater career with 36 total TDs ... Posted 66 receptions for 1116 yards and a team leading 14 TDs as a senior ... As a junior, registered school records in receiving yards (1,331) and receiving TDs (19) and earned honorable mention All-America honors from D3football.com ... Totaled seven receptions for 103 yards and two TDs to help defeat No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio) 52-14 in 2013 Stagg Bowl national championship game ... As redshirt freshman at Illinois in 2011, caught three passes for 15 yards at Minnesota ... Redshirt year (did not play) in 2010.
Personal: Hometown is Bartlett, Ill. ... Attended South Elgin High School in Bartlett, where he was an all-conference selection ... Also played baseball and competed in track in high school ... Majored in Physical Education at Wisconsin-Whitewater ... Hobbies include fishing, snowboarding and music ... Last name is pronounced “KOO-mer-o.”
NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Kumerow did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2015 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games.
Leave it to Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to sum up the drafting of Washington wide receiver John Ross with the ninth pick. “When you have the fastest player in the league,” Dalton said, “it’s going to be hard for that safety not to cheat.”
John Ross’ life changed in 4.22 seconds. That was the Bengals rookie wide receiver’s time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, breaking the record of 4.24 seconds set by Chris Johnson in 2008.