The Cincinnati Bengals will be keeping two of their top rookie performers of the preseason with wide receiver Jake Kumerow and linebacker Roach joining the practice squad, according to multiple media reports:
Trevor Roach to Bengals practice squad, per agent, David Canter— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 6, 2015
#Bengals have signed WR Jake Kumerow to the practice squad, per source.— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) September 6, 2015
Both players signed as undrafted free agents this year after not hearing their names called during the 2015 NFL Draft.
Kumerow was a star receiver for Division III power Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he recorded 32 touchdowns and 2,648 yards during his three years on the team. Kumerow also won two D-III national titles in the process. In 2014, he had 1,116 yards on 66 receptions with 14 touchdowns while missing four games due to an ankle injury.
His father, Eric Kumerow, was a first-round selection of the Miami Dolphins in 1988. Having an NFL background to go with big-time production is great for any small-school prospect to have. He is also cousins with Joey Bosa the Ohio State DE.
In August, Kumerow spoke with Cincy Jungle, telling us, "I'm just really grateful for the opportunity."
As for Roach, he joined the Bengals after a standout career with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. In 2014, Roach accounted for 63 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries. In the Huskers' game against Michigan State, Roach was responsible for 18 tackles, four of which were for a loss.