Future of Broncos WR Cody Latimer Unclear Under New Offense – Bleacher Report
The Denver Broncos acquired a special talent when they moved up in the second round (56th overall) of the 2014 NFL draft so they could select wide receiver Cody Latimer out of the University of Indiana.
The 2014 draft class contained arguably the best group of receivers we’ve seen enter the league in NFL history. Latimer was highly touted coming out of Indiana and could go down as one of the best receivers from this amazing and historic draft class.
The plan was likely to have Latimer develop this year, then potentially start in 2015 on the outside opposite Demaryius Thomas. This, of course, would require Emmanuel Sanders to be moved to the slot position. Sanders put up career-best numbers in 2014, but one could argue that he’s a more natural fit in the slot.
That plan was altered when the Broncos hired Gary Kubiak to be their new head coach.
Under Kubiak, the Broncos should employ the two-tight end set as their base formation. With 22 personnel (two running backs, two tight ends) on the field, there is little need for a slot receiver.
Latimer is not as proven as Sanders is, so this change in philosophy means the second-year receiver could be more of a backup for the new-look Broncos.
The future of Latimer is unclear in this new Broncos offense. Let’s see how he can fit in with—and potentially star for—the Broncos in 2015.
Latimer is a talented player with a ton of upside as a pro. The first thing that stands out about hm is his work ethic. He regularly stayed late at practice each day to learn—and catch passes—from quarterback Peyton Manning.
Whenever I’ve talked to Latimer, his passion for the game and willingness to learn are topics of conversation.
Listed at 6’2”, 215 pounds, Latimer plays bigger than his size. His wingspan and leaping ability help him play “above the rim,” which comes in handy near the sideline or in the end zone.
Latimer has an incredibly large catch radius and can make difficult catches seem routine. Multiple times during rookie minicamp, OTAs and training camp, I would see Latimer make a leaping/twisting/turning catch that not many can make.
It’s like the Broncos have their own version of Odell Beckham Jr.
Even though he’s a big receiver, Latimer moves well laterally at the snap of the ball. Most … – Click Here To Visit Article Source