In his fifth NFL season and first with the Giants, Latimer appeared in six games and caught 11 passes for 190 yards and a single touchdown. Most of his damage, however, was done in Week 17, when Latimer had four catches for 72 yards and that score. That appears to have been enough for New York to bring the 26-year-old back for another season.
Latimer finished the season, catching four of six targets for 72 yards and a score in Sunday's 36-35 loss to the Cowboys.
Two of Latimer's catches were one-handed while he was well covered. A 2014 second-round pick, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Latimer is now 26 years old and heads into 2019 as an unrestricted free agent. It's unclear whether his Week 17 performance was enough to persuade the Giants into bringing him back.
Latimer had served as the Giants' primary No. 3 receiver through the first six weeks of 2018 before being shut down after suffering the hamstring injury Oct. 16. The 26-year-old only tallied six receptions for 108 yards over his four appearances, but he could assume an enhanced role on offense Sunday against the Colts with fellow wideouts Odell Beckham (quadriceps) and Russell Shepard (ankle) uncertain to play. Latimer should also take over as the gunner on the team's kick-coverage units after cornerback Antonio Hamilton (quadriceps) was moved to IR in a corresponding move.
Latimer originally landed on IR in mid-October due to an unspecified hamstring injury before making his return to practice roughly two weeks ago. When officially back on the 53-man roster, the Indiana product will try to reclaim the No. 3 receiver role from Bennie Fowler.
The news means that Latimer has received the Giants' second and final designation to return from injured reserve, with the first also going to another skill-position player in running back Jonathan Stewart (foot). The Giants will have 21 days to evaluate Latimer for activation, though the wideout won't be eligible to return to game action until the Giants' Week 15 matchup with the Titans. While Latimer has been sidelined for the team's last five contests, Bennie Fowler has settled in as the Giants' No. 3 receiver, registering a mere eight receptions for 92 yards and no touchdowns on 13 targets over that span.
|2018||New York Giants||6||2||11||190||17.3||39||1||4||0||6|
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|2018||New York Giants||6||5||123||24.6||34||0||0|
|2018||New York Giants||6||1||0.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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