Monday, August 18, 2014, 11:45am
There's a learning curve and then there is the twisting, turning, work-fast riddle that is the Denver Broncos' offensive playbook. And that is what Broncos rookie receiver Cody Latimer must navigate to go from draft pick with piles of potential to draft pick with a productive place in a fast-paced touchdown factory.
"Our code words have code words, our signals have signals," said Broncos wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert. "To be able to put that together, to know what's the real deal. Is it an audible? Is it a dummy call? It takes a while to get all that running smoothly. ... And that's the major hurdle for any young guy in our offense, just to know all there is to know as fast as we need you to know it.''
And then Tolbert added with a smile: "but I'd venture to say he's picking it up fairly well ... for a rookie."
A rookie that is looking more and more like he can be, despite the Broncos' obvious firepower and depth on offense, a contributor when the Broncos close in on the end zone. Sunday, in the Broncos' 34-0 preseason win over the San Francisco 49ers, Latimer caught his first scoring pass in a game for the Broncos.
He showed his top-tier speed up the right sideline and backup quarterback Brock Osweiler tossed a 33-yard scoring pass that he dove to catch.
The starting jobs in the Broncos' three-wide receiver look are largely spoken for with Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Emmanuel Sanders set to get the bulk of the plays. But when the May draft rolled around, the Broncos were still on the hunt for a little more size at the position, and when the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Latimer was still on the board when their second-round pick rolled around they grabbed him. He could end up as a WR4 on the team, but that still doesn't mean he'll have a lot of fantasy value. But as we saw last year when one of the top three went down, and Andre Caldwell stepped in, Caldwell contributed. With an offense like Denver, Latimer is definitely someone to keep an eye on at the position once the season starts.
Saturday, August 2, 2014, 9:34pm
Broncos QB Peyton Manning took the first snap at the 35-yard-line on the sun-bleached turf, and it was as if 2013 never ended. The Broncos' record-breaking offense mowed through the defense in all combinations in Saturday's scrimmage. Twos vs. Ones. Ones vs. Twos. Threes vs. Threes.
"I think we saw some good things. It's always nice to get a game-like operation," said Manning, who threw for an NFL-record 55 touchdowns last season. "We will see some good things on film."
There was no evidence of the foot injury that hindered Broncos WR Cody Latimer leading up to the draft. He looked big, fast, and more precise on his cuts than you'd often expect from someone so young. He made plays at all ranges, adjusted well to a variety of passes from Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler -- who throw different types of balls, obviously -- and made an impression. Another receiver who quietly found himself catching plenty of passes, particularly short ones, was Jordan Norwood, an ex-Cleveland Brown who made his NFL debut five years ago.
Latimer has the size (6’2”) and speed (4.44 40-yard dash) to replace Eric Decker, but barring injury, he’ll have to beat out the capable and experienced Emmanuel Sanders (along with Andre Caldwell, of course) to get a significant snaps in 2014.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 7:17pm
Thursday, July 26, 2012, 8:48pm
Some notes from Denver camp:
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