Bills add a pair to the practice squad

The team adds wide receiver Jake Kumerow and defensive tackle Chris Slayton to the 17-man unit
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The Buffalo Bills announced a pair of different transactions to their practice squad on Tuesday, bringing in two new players in wide receiver Jake Kumerow and defensive tackle Chris Slayton.

Earlier in the afternoon, the team announced the addition of Kumerow, who comes to Buffalo after spending time with the Green Bay Packers. With the Packers hurting at wide receiver in 2019, Kumerow found himself starting four games. Over the course of the season, he compiled 12 receptions for 219 yards and a touchdown.

The 28-year-old gives the Bills added depth both on offense at wide receiver and on special teams. In Green Bay last season, Kumerow played roughly a third of their snaps on both offense and special teams.

Kumerow is a part of an NFL football family that includes his cousins Nick and Joey Bosa. In addition, Kumerow's father, grandfather, uncle, and great uncle all played in the NFL.

To make room for Kumerow on the practice squad, the Bills released offensive lineman Brandon Walton.

Later in the day, the Bills announced the addition of Slayton to the 17-man practice squad. The 24-year-old was a seventh round pick (245th overall) out of Syracuse in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Giants. He spent most of last season with the Giants on their practice squad.

To make room for Slayton, the team released tight end Nate Becker.

Each week, every NFL teams gets to protect four of their practice squad players from being able to sign contracts with other clubs. Those players must be declared by 4 p.m. on Tuesday. This week, the Bills have chosen to protect cornerbacks Dane Jackson and Cam Lewis, as well as defensive tackle Justin Zimmer and offensive lineman Evan Boehm.

- WGR's Sal Capaccio contributed to this story