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.
Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm
Broncos WR Wes Welker (ankle, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 15. Welker doesn’t have much fantasy appeal at this point. He’s (at best) the fourth option in the Denver passing game.
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm
Broncos WR Wes Welker (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 14. He has scored one touchdown in his last six games and hasn’t gained more than 31 yards in that span.
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm
Broncos WR Wes Welker (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. He has scored one touchdown in his last six games and hasn’t gained more than 31 yards in that span.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm
Broncos WR Wes Welker (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. Welker is probably just getting a day of rest. He has scored one touchdown in his last six games and hasn’t gained more than 31 yards in that span.
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.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:08pm
"Not necessarily; I don't want him to feel that way either," Welker said. "I just want him to go play his game and whoever's open is open and whenever we need to score touchdowns, that's the way I want it to be. I'm not going to put any pressure on him or anything else, [saying] 'Hey, I really need the ball because I'm playing my old team,' or anything like that. I just want to go out there and whatever we need to do to win the game, that's first and foremost for me. Hopefully I make some plays along the way, but however that happens is how it happens."
Welker has faced the Patriots twice since signing with the Broncos, posting a combined eight catches for 69 yards and zero touchdowns. It doesn't appear that the Broncos have done anything special to force-feed him the ball against his old team. He has averaged 6.5 targets in his two games against New England.
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