Latimer likely will have the opportunity to compete for a starting job at wide receiver, Matt Lombardo of NJ.com reports.
Latimer was the only notable offseason signing at his position for a Giants team that released Brandon Marshall and didn't draft any receivers. Barring a late addition, Latimer and Roger Lewis (ankle) are the top candidates for the third starting receiver spot alongside No. 1 target Odell Beckham (ankle) and slot man Sterling Shepard. A 2014 second-round pick, Latimer caught only 35 passes in four seasons for the Broncos, with the vast majority of his production -- 19 catches for 287 yards and two TDs -- occurring last season. He ran with the first-team offense during last week's voluntary minicamp, occupying Beckham's usual spot. Latimer's excellent reputation for special teams coverage work should ensure him of a roster spot even if things don't break in his favor on offense.
Latimer is signing a contract with the Giants, per his twitter account.
A 2014 second-round pick, Latimer caught 35 of 61 targets for 445 yards (7.3 YPT) and three scores in 45 games for the Broncos, but he at least was a useful contributor on special teams, which could be the key to earning a roster spot in New York. His best-case scenario is the opportunity to be part of a competition for the No. 3/4 receiver jobs.
Latimer will test the free-agent market after the Broncos allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
The Broncos selected Latimer in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft in an attempt to go all-in on a then-Peyton-Manning-led offense, which also featured Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) and Julius Thomas (foot) at that time. However, the Indiana product never came close to living up to his pedigree, totaling just 16 receptions for 158 yards and one touchdown over his first three seasons while presumably never getting cut because of his willingness to play on special teams. It will be interesting to see if another organization saw enough in him at any point to give him another shot as a receiver.
Latimer caught 19 of 30 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns in 2017.
You'd have to squint by just looking at the stats, but this amounted a career year for Latimer, a former second-round pick who was relegated to special-teams ace until Bennie Fowler's drop issues pushed him into the No. 3 job. Latimer recorded three catches and a touchdown in two of his last four games of 2017 before sitting the last two contests of the year with a thigh injury. Entering that stretch, Latimer just had three career three-catch games and one career receiving touchdown. There was some talk at the end of the year of Denver being interested in extending Latimer on the cheap. It will be interesting to see if Latimer is just a late bloomer as he entered the league four years ago as a very raw height-weight-speed specimen.
Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) won't play either, so Bennie Fowler appears in line to draw another start at wideout opposite Demaryius Thomas on Sunday, with Jordan Taylor and Isaiah McKenzie also candidates to see added work in Denver's Week 17 passing game.
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