Thursday, April 16, 2015, 12:54pm
Second-year receiver Cody Latimer benefited from extra reps at workouts with Peyton Manning at Duke University. He received pointers that could accelerate his learning curve with the new offense. Manning had Latimer run routes that might be incorporated into the scheme of new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak.
"He texted me, and I asked if I could go down there," Latimer said of Manning. "It meant a lot."
Latimer spent his offseason training in Florida. "It really helped give me a headstart," he said.
Latimer is a player to monitor this offseason, especially with the news that Emmanuel Sanders is going to play the slot in three-receiver sets. Latimer had a disappointing rookie season and wasn't even able to beat out Andre Caldwell. However, it takes time to earn Manning's trust, and the franchise didn't draft him in the second round to ride the proverbial pine.
"On my Twitter, I'm vocal about Cody because I believe in Cody," he said. "Cody is a special player. He has strong hands and is a physical tool. I think this is going to be the year that he jumps onto the scene. I think he's going to have a big year and I'm happy he's on my team and in our receiver group."
In past seasons, Latimer would jump out as a breakout candidate in a Peyton Manning-led Broncos offense. This year could be different, however, with the team expected to lean harder on their running game in Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme.
Latimer is going to have a bigger role. How much bigger remains to be seen.
Latimer is a player to monitor this offseason, especially with the news that Sanders is going to play the slot in three-receiver sets. Latimer had a disappointing rookie season and wasn't even able to beat out Andre Caldwell. However, it takes time to earn Peyton Manning's trust, and the franchise didn't draft him in the second round to ride the proverbial pine.
Sanders performed very well in the slot last season, though he spent a majority of the time on the outside. He'll continue to play outside in two-WR sets and then move inside when the Broncos add a receiver to the formation. Sanders finished #5 in PPR formats and #7 in standard formats after catching 101 passes for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns. With TE Julius Thomas gone, we wouldn't expect Sanders' targets to drop much, so his 3rd round ADP in early drafts looks quite reasonable. We expect Cody Latimer to compete with Andre Caldwell for snaps in three-WR sets.
Thursday, April 2, 2015, 6:54pm
The Broncos don’t figure to use as many three-wide receiver sets as they have over the past two seasons, but they'll still be part of Peyton Manning's playbook. Either way, the Broncos hope Cody Latimer shows that he’s ready to be among the top three pass-catchers.
Latimer had a disappointing rookie season and wasn't even able to beat out Andre Caldwell. However, it takes time to earn Manning's trust, and the franchise didn't draft him in the second round to ride the proverbial pine. His upside will be limited if the Broncos utilize fewer three-WR sets since new HC Gary Kubiak likes to utilize two tight ends.
Latimer is a player to monitor this offseason, especially if Wes Welker retires and Emmanuel Sanders moves inside. Latimer had a disappointing rookie season and wasn't even able to beat out Andre Caldwell. However, it takes time to earn Peyton Manning's trust, and the franchise didn't draft him in the second round to ride the proverbial pine.
If the Broncos continue emphasizing three-WR sets, and Wes Welker does not return, there's a role for WR Cody Latimer, perhaps lining up outside with Emmanuel Sanders moving into the slot in that package, or even in the slot, on routes like the one he ran in Dallas in the preseason finale last summer.
One aspect of Latimer's skill set that must be noted is his blocking ability, considered by some to be the best among last year's wide receiver class. If he can take his outside blocking skills and transfer them to the inside -- not as a tight end, but standing up in a tight slot alignment -- then the Broncos could have the blocking effectiveness of a two-tight end set with a three-wide receiver formation.
Latimer is unproven, but presents possibilities that the new coaching staff will likely explore.
Latimer is a player to monitor this offseason, especially if Welker retires and Sanders moves inside. Latimer had a disappointing rookie season and wasn't even able to beat out Andre Caldwell. However, it takes time to earn Peyton Manning's trust and the franchise didn't draft him in the second round to ride the proverbial pine.
Broncos beat writer Mike Klis on the status of rookie WR Cody Latimer...
It's time for the Broncos to take the training wheels off Latimer, their second-round draft pick this year. Not necessarily because of problems with Caldwell and Welker as receivers. I thought Caldwell performed quite well Sunday at St. Louis in what was his first significant chance at playing time this year.
It's just that Latimer would bring some added strength, toughness and physicality to an offense where all the talk is about how it needs more strength, toughness and physicality.
Denver WR Emmanuel Sanders was sent to the locker room in the third quarter after taking a vicious hit from safety Rodney McLeod. The team, soon after, announced the receiver would not return due to a concussion.
The good news is reports after the game indicated Sanders seemed alert in the locker room, but reporters are not allowed to interview players who are concussed until they are cleared by NFL protocol. If Sanders has to miss action, Andre Caldwell could end up seeing more time and has proved to be a valuable short-term fantasy option in the past. Cody Latimer could also be an option.
Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm
Broncos WR Andre Caldwell (knee, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 6. It looks like Caldwell’s injury isn’t severe, which means that Cody Latimer will have to continue to bide his time.
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm
Broncos WR Andre Caldwell (knee) took full practice reps again Thursday. It looks like Caldwell’s injury isn’t severe, which means that Cody Latimer will have to continue to bide his time.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:37pm
Broncos WR Andre Caldwell (knee) practiced fully Wednesday. It looks like Caldwell’s injury isn’t severe, which means that Cody Latimer will have to continue to bide his time.
The Broncos' decision-makers like WR Cody Latimer’s physicality at the position, his top-end speed and the ability he showed to go up in a crowd and come down with the ball. As a result the team believes Latimer can, and will, be a factor in the offense.
The question is when that time will come and that’s not even something Laitmer can answer with any certainty, even as much as he'd like it to be sooner rather than later.
“I just keep grinding, try to wait your turn, keep working in practice,’’ Latimer said. “That first game, I was kind like, man, but you look and see what’s happening and keep going. I do know if I don’t practice hard, make plays in practice, they’re not going to play me. I want to keep their attention.’’
He has it, but in the Broncos’ big picture, the Broncos are choosing veteran Andre Caldwell at the moment to the be the offense’s No. 4 receiver behind Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Wes Welker while the fifth receiver spot on game day has been taken by rookie Isaiah Burse, who is the team’s primary punt returner. Caldwell has been the No. 1 kickoff returner as well, but after 40 snaps on offense in the season opener, Caldwell has played five and two snaps, respectively, on offense in the past two games.
So, when the Broncos make the move from 53 players to 46 on game day, Latimer has been moved aside because of others’ special-teams duties.
The team still runs Andre Caldwell ahead of Latimer, so he isn't worth rostering in redraft leagues.
Andre Caldwell wasn't mentioned in the video, but Legwold was focusing on Latimer and Sanders' extra work with Peyton Manning, something that Caldwell doesn't necessarily need since he and Manning have played together for a while now. So it's not clear if he was inferring that Latimer and Sanders would pick up the slack due to the extra work, or if he has seen some other indication that this will be the case. Regardless, with Welker out, there are targets and snaps to be distributed, and all three players should see a larger role. We won't know if Latimer or Caldwell is the better start until we see their usage, though we're betting on the larger Latimer having a red zone role, which enhances his value.
Welker was making his way back from a concussion, but will now have an involuntary month off as he serves the suspension. Emmanuel Sanders sees a small bump, while rookie Cody Latimer will have a chance for starter's snaps if he can beat out Andre Caldwell early in the season. As for Welker, we were already pretty low on him due to concerns about the repeated concussions. We recommend a hands off approach until at least the 11th round.
"We're able to move pieces around and still do a lot of the same things that we've done," said Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. "We don't really teach by position, so everybody can move in and out.''
WR Emmanuel Sanders would certainly get more work as a slot receiver, as would tight end Jacob Tamme, but at varying points in training camp the Broncos have given all of their receivers some routes from the slot. Tamme gives the Broncos the option of sticking to a three-wide concept with a little more size in the formation. It's a formation that, at times, forces defenses to go a little bigger because the Broncos are in a two tight end look.
While everyone assumed Latimer may benefit the most from Welker missing time, that perhaps now appears to be Tamme. While Tamme would still be a bit of risky fantasy play at TE, we at least learned that Latimer is a potential, late-round draft target especially for Welker owners. There was no mention of Andre Caldwell in the story, so it appears Latimer's size will at least be a red zone tool if Welker has to miss time.
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