The Denver Broncos drafted Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer with the 56th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. It was a move that didn’t pay off throughout the first two years, but the franchise is holding out hope that he will end up breaking out with a huge season in 2016.
John Elway and company looked on last night as Latimer showed off his entire skill-set in the team’s first preseason game against the Chicago Bears.
Latimer ended up catching seven passes for 82 yards, although he didn’t score a touchdown. It was the type of game that the Broncos needed to see from their talented, young receiver. They are going to be needing as many playmaking wide receivers as possible to help out whoever wins the starting quarterback job.
At 23-years-old, Latimer should earn the No. 3 wide receiver role behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. If he does end up winning that role, there is nothing holding him back from having a huge season from a statistical standpoint.
Over the last two years combined to start his NFL career, Latimer has caught just eight passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. Many will say that a preseason game doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but this was a huge breakthrough for Latimer. Earning playing time starts with the first day of training camp and big performances in preseason games can earn a bigger role.
Denver ended up defeating the Bears by a final score of 22-0. It was a good all-around game for the Broncos, although there are still some questions surrounding the quarterback position.
It will be interesting to see what the rest of the preseason holds for Latimer. There is no denying the talent that he possesses and the potential that he has to break out onto the scene this season as a vital part of the Broncos’ offense. Everything will depend on which quarterback steps up and takes control of the offense.
Looking ahead at the next few weeks, Latimer should have no problems continuing his impressive performance. He will be given every opportunity to continue showing off his game to the Broncos.
Expect to see him come out next week firing on all cylinders and don’t be shocked to see Latimer earn the No. 3 wide receiver slot on the depth chart to start the regular season.