There’s arguably no more talked about player on the Denver Broncos this offseason than Cody Latimer. The 2nd year wide receiver out of Indiana and former 2nd round draft pick had an incredibly underwhelming rookie season after a lot of hype in the offseason.
The hype was for good reason.
Latimer is the type of player that you watch in college, and you wonder how he didn’t come into the NFL and have an immediate impact like some of his peers in the stellar 2014 rookie class did. His time on the field as a receiver was sparse, and he was a healthy scratch for more than a few games last season.
The absence of Latimer wasn’t entirely a shock with the Broncos’ depth at receiver, but after some injuries to Wes Welker and Julius Thomas, it was a bit of a surprise that John Fox didn’t mandate Latimer’s presence on the field a little more than just some garbage time at the end of games.
Apparently, it wasn’t that simple. Latimer was allegedly struggling with the playbook, or the speed of the NFL, or both, and the Broncos simply couldn’t afford to let him grow on the job while they pursued a Super Bowl.
In his sophomore NFL season, everyone and their dog is projecting Latimer to have a breakout season. I’m here to remind you exactly why. Here’s a 9 minute highlight reel of Latimer from his days at Indiana, making plays and building a resume that would earn him some first round marks from NFL Draft analysts and scouts.
The Broncos need Latimer to give them a dynamic third option in the passing game this year behind Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. They see the breakout potential, and we’ve all seen glimpses as well.
Before there was Odell Beckham Jr. on Sunday Night Football, there was Cody Latimer in Denver Broncos training camp last season…
Just in case you had forgotten….
This is bound to be a big year for Latimer, who has apparently made phenomenal strides this year. Gary Kubiak has been his biggest proponent, so there’s plenty of reason to believe he’s going to come out this season and turn that legend of his into a real life story of Bronco greatness.