Latimer caught both of his targets for 36 yards in Thursday's 31-22 preseason opening win over the Jets.
Both of Latimer's catches came on passes thrown by rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. He caught Jones' first NFL pass for five yards and added a 31-yard catch later in the drive. Latimer has a golden opportunity in front of him with the Giants' wide receiver depth chart decimated by injuries, but he'll need to do more to stand out as the preseason unfolds.
With Corey Coleman (knee) out for the year, Sterling Shepard (thumb) banged up and Golden Tate facing a four-game suspension, Latimer could have a more prominent role, especially early on.
A second-round pick in 2014, Latimer has never had a 20-catch season, but he's 6-2, 215 and fast (4.44 40), so there's a small chance he could do something should he see more opportunities. Bennie Fowler is also around, as is rookie Darius Slayton, though Slayton is sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Latimer announced Sunday that he will return to the Giants.
In his fifth NFL season and first with the Giants, Latimer was limited to six games by a hamstring injury and caught 11 passes for 190 yards and a single touchdown. Much of his damage was done in Week 17, when he had four catches for 72 yards and that score. It was enough for New York to bring the 26-year-old back for another season, though his ability to contribute on special teams may have been a bigger factor.
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.
The Giants activated Latimer (hamstring) from injured reserve Wednesday, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports.
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 might also take over as the gunner on the team's kick-coverage units after depth cornerback and special-teams standout Antonio Hamilton (quadriceps) was moved to IR in a corresponding move.
Latimer (hamstring) is expected to be activated from injured reserve ahead of the Giants' Week 16 matchup against the Colts, Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media reports.
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.
Coach Pat Shurmur said that Latimer (hamstring) would participate in the Giants' practice Wednesday.
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.
Latimer (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
Latimer was seeing an expanded role in the Giants' offense in Thursday's game against the Eagles with Russell Shepard (neck) sidelined, but Latimer's season is now likely over after he suffered a hamstring injury during the contest. New York signed wideout Bennie Fowler, who is coming off four seasons with the Broncos, to the open roster spot.
Latimer injured his hamstring in Thursday's game against the Eagles and will not return.
Latimer pulled up limping in the fourth quarter. He finished the night with three catches (on four targets) for 52 yards, good for second on the team behind standout running back Saquon Barkley. The Giants have an extra long week before going to take on the Falcons in Atlanta on Oct. 22, so Latimer will be hoping to recover during that period.
Latimer was active for Sunday's game against the Panthers but did not play.
Latimer was dealing with a knee injury that kept him out of Week 4's loss to the Saints, but he ended up being active and in uniform for Sunday's contest. It's unclear, however, whether or not his absence from the game was precautionary or if he simply was not part of the game plan.
A trainer was spotted working on Latimer's lower right leg prior to Sunday's game, according to Dan Duggan of The Athletic, but Latimer "looked fine running routes" and should be good to go for Sunday's matchup with the Panthers.
Latimer sat out last week with a knee injury, so there was some concern about his status for Week 5 after he was checked out by the trainer. However, with Latimer able to get up and run afterward, he appears ready to return to action.
Latimer (knee) turned in a full practice Thursday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
With a full practice now under his belt, Latimer should enter the Week 5 game against the Panthers with no restrictions after the knee issue prevented him from playing in Sunday's loss to the Saints. Look for Latimer to step back in as the No. 3 receiver in place of Russell Shepard, who managed only one catch for nine yards across 51 offensive snaps while Latimer was sidelined.
Latimer (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Latimer took a step forward Wednesday after sitting out every practice last week. Russell Shepard filled in for Latimer as the No. 3 wide receiver in a 33-18 loss to the Saints in Week 4, catching one pass for nine yards on three targets while handling an 82 percent snap share. Latimer hasn't been much better with just three catches in three games, but he could provide a slight boost to the Giants offense if he's back for Sunday's contest at Carolina.
Latimer (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
Latimer has mostly gone unnoticed in a top-heavy offense, drawing just five targets in three games despite playing 65 percent of the snaps. Russell Shepard is the best bet to replace Latimer as the No. 3 wide receiver while Rhett Ellison fills in for Evan Engram (knee) at tight end. Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard are all well positioned for heavy volume against a struggling New Orleans defense.
Latimer was withheld from practice Wednesday with a knee injury.
Assuming his own injury isn't too serious, Latimer could see a few extra looks while tight end Evan Engram (knee) is sidelined with an MCL sprain. Of course, Latimer is still the No. 3 wide receiver in an offense featuring high-volume standouts Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham, along with a solid complementary option in Sterling Shepard. The Giants offense has a favorable Week 4 matchup, hosting a Saints squad that has already played in two shootout games through three weeks.
Latimer caught one of two targets for 15 yards in Sunday's win over the Texans.
The Giants are loaded with pass-catching options for Eli Manning this season, and while Latimer has shown promise over the course of his short NFL career, it's clear that his role on this team is very limited. It will likely remain that way unless one of New York's top receiving threats suffers an injury.
Latimer caught two of three targets for 41 yards Sunday night against the Cowboys.
He actually had the biggest play from scrimmage of the day, a 37-yard catch from Eli Manning. Latimer is the team's No. 3 receiver, but the No. 5 option in the passing game when you include tight end Evan Engram and tailback Saquon Barkley.
Latimer secured one of two targets for 54 yards and returned a kickoff for 23 yards in the Giants' 22-16 preseason win over the Jets on Friday.
Latimer had reportedly been coming on in practice the past couple of weeks, and that momentum transferred over nicely into Friday's game. The fifth-year receiver hauled in a late-first-quarter 54-yard bomb from Eli Manning that brought the ball to the Jets' six-yard line. Although Jonathan Stewart fumbled the ball away on the next play, the game-long catch was certainly an encouraging sign from Latimer, who's set to open the season as the No. 3 receiver behind Odell Beckham, Jr. and Sterling Shepard. Latimer's career highs are the modest 19 receptions and 287 yards he accumulated in 2017 while with the Broncos, so he'll have to significantly up his production to keep a hold of the third receiver role throughout the campaign.
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 touchdowns -- 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.
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