In April, the Denver Broncos selected a pair of wide receivers in the draft. So what does that mean for three-year disappointment Cody Latimer?
A total of 16 catches for 158 yards and one touchdown. A good day for Denver Broncos wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and/or Emmanuel Sanders? Nope. Those are the three-year statistics for teammate Cody Latimer. Yes, three seasons, 34 regular-season games and 16 receptions.
You may recall that Latimer was a second-round draft choice in 2014 – the 56th overall pick in the NFL draft that year. So it’s very safe to say that the former Indiana University product has disappointed to date.
New head coach Vance Joseph and returning offensive coordinator Mike McCoy look to rejuvenate an offense that finished tied for 21st in the NFL in passing yards. All told, only five teams in the league gained fewer total yards per game in ’16. In April, team boss John Elway added a pair of young former Bulldogs in wide receivers in Carlos Henderson (3-Louisiana Tech) and Isaiah McKenzie (5b-Georgia). Henderson enjoyed a dynamite final collegiate season, totaling 82 catches for 1,535 yards and 19 touchdowns in 13 contests. He also ran for two scores, racking up 1,668 yards from scrimmage and 21 total TDs.
Meanwhile, the 5’7”, 173-pound McKenzie figures to be the main man on special teams. In three seasons at Georgia, he took back six kicks for scores – five of those on punt returns. Jordan Norwood led the team in punt return yards in 2016 but the 30-year-old remains an unrestricted free agent. Latimer took back eight kickoffs for 200 yards this past season.
In any case, it seems like Cody Latimer’s time in Denver may be running out. That is unless his play makes a dramatic reversal. With the additions of Henderson and McKenzie, as well as the return of Bernie Fowler and special teams threat Kalif Raymond, there simply doesn’t seem to be a place of a player that has failed to live up to billing.
Russell S. Baxter covers the Denver Broncos for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter at @baxfootballguru. Looking for more Broncos news and features? Like our Broncos Facebook page HERE and also follow @spot_broncos on Twitter.