Patriots Sign WR Jake Kumerow To Practice Squad, Release DT Mike Purcell

The New England Patriots officially signed WR Jake Kumerow to their practice squad on Thursday and released DT Mike Purcell from the unit.

Kumerow actually worked out for the Patriots on Wednesday and elected to keep him and town following the session.

The Patriots’ practice squad now consists of:

  1. OL James Ferentz
  2. DL Geno Grissom
  3. WR Cody Hollister
  4. DB David Jones
  5. DB Damarius Travis
  6. DE Angelo Blackson
  7. CB Ryan Lewis
  8. DB Jomal Wiltz
  9. TE Will Tye
  10. WR Jake Kumerow

Kumerow, 25, originally signed on with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin-Whitewater back in 2015. He was on and off the team’s practice squad during his rookie season but returned to the Bengals on a future/reserve contract last January.

Kumerow was, unfortunately, waived with an injury designation during the preseason and he later reverted to their injured reserve list. Cincinnati waived him from injured reserve a few weeks into the regular season.

Kumerow has yet to appear in an NFL game.

Purcell, 25, wound up signing on with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of Wyoming back in 2013. He was unable to make the 53-man roster during his rookie season but was later signed to their practice squad.

Purcell returned to San Francisco on a future/reserve contract and eventually worked his way onto the active roster towards the end of the 2014 season. The 49ers re-signed him to a one-year exclusive rights contract back in April but elected to waive him a month later.

The Rams claimed Purcell off waivers but he was among their final roster cuts coming out of the preseason and later signed to the Bears’ practice squad.

The Panthers signed him to their practice squad a few weeks ago but he was released a few weeks later. Purcell signed on with the Patriots earlier in the week.

In 2016, Purcell appeared in 15 games for the 49ers and recorded 26 tackles, no sacks and a forced fumble.

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