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.
Welker, who ranks 20th all time among receivers with 890 career catches, said Monday he intends to play on.
"Just getting ready for 2015," Welker told The Denver Post via text.
FoxSports.com cited sources in its report on Feb. 10 that Welker was considering retirement.
"Never ever came out of my mouth," Welker said.
Where Welker plays is uncertain. He becomes an unrestricted free agent on March 10.
Welker's numbers were way down last year (49-464-2) compared to his first season in Denver (73-778-10) even though he played one additional game. The Broncos' pass attempts dropped by 10 percent, and Welker's targets took the biggest hit. We don't expect him to be back in Denver, especially if the team is serious about getting Cody Latimer more involved. Emmanuel Sanders can play the slot with (free agent) Demaryius Thomas and Latimer playing on the outside.
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.
According to three trustworthy sources, Peyton Manning wants to return to the Broncos, but won't and can't make a final decision until he takes an annual physical examination mandated by his contract. Last year, the test results were learned at the beginning of March. The Broncos have requested that Manning let them know his plans by March 9 — the day before teams must exercise their rights on veteran players under contract. Manning, who turns 39 on March 24, is due $19 million next season.
Following the game, Manning said he injured his leg on a throw to Sanders. There was some thought that he had hurt it on an 8-yard completion to Sanders with 2:43 to play in the first half or three plays before he left the field and went up the tunnel to the visitors' locker room. But after the 12-yard completion with 5:39 left, Manning can be seen flexing his leg and grimacing as he moves to call the next play.
Broncos doctors knew about the injury, and Manning did what he could to intentionally conceal the injury from as many people as he could, sources said.
Manning averaged just 240 yards and 0.8 TD (against 1.2 INT) in his last five games, so the quad injury explains a lot. He's mulling his future, and his potential retirement would drastically change the fantasy landscape in Denver.
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Renck also tweeted that there's no reason to expect Sanders not to play in Week 16. Sanders will get some extra time since the game is Monday night in Cincy.
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (concussion, probable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is probable for Week 12. In a surprise development, Sanders is in for Week 12. Consider him a strong WR2 in a tough matchup against the Dolphins. It’ll be tough to bench him given the way he has played this season.
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) missed practice again Thursday. Given the severity of the hit that Sanders took in Week 11, we’re expecting that he’ll miss Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. If he’s able to get cleared, we would have him ranked in the 14-17 range (standard) in a tough matchup against the Dolphins.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm
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.
With the injuries/suspension issues the Arizona Cardinals have had on defense this season, the game video shows defensive coordinator Todd Bowles sending extra rushers. That means single coverage on the outside for the most part, leaving Cardinals linebackers chasing wide receivers in the short and intermediate zones at times. It all points to potential big days for Broncos WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders because Peyton Manning will get the ball out fast with plenty of rub plays and crossing routes. Thomas has been quiet this year, but this could be his breakout game.
Thomas has had a quiet season thus far, catching 13 passes for 141 yards and a TD through three games. At this point last season, he had 20 catches for 307 yards and two scores. We're expecting Thomas to have a big game sooner rather than later.
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.
Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:45pm
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (thigh, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 1. Sanders will be leaned on heavily with Wes Welker suspended and we love him this week against the Colts.
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