Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) is set to return for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. WR Cody Latimer (concussion) is out, and WR Bennie Fowler (hamstring) is questionable. Shepard, TE Evan Engram and RB Saquon Barkley should dominate targets in QB Daniel Jones’ debut.
Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. He's making progress through the protocol and has a good chance to be cleared ahead of this weekend's game against the Bucs. WR Cody Latimer (concussion) didn't practice on Wednesday.
Giants WR Cody Latimer is done for the day after sustaining a concussion in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Bills. With WR Sterling Shepard inactive with his own concussion, the G-Men are down to WRs Bennie Fowler, Russell Shepard, T.J. Jones and Cody Core.
Giants WR Cody Latimer (calf) is active for today’s game against the Bills. He’s the de facto #1 WR with Sterling Shepard (concussion) and Golden Tate (suspension) out but figures to be the 3rd option in the passing game behind TE Evan Engram and RB Saquon Barkley.
Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) remained sidelined on Thursday. He's not looking like a good bet to be cleared in time for this weekend's game against the Bills. WR Cody Latimer, meanwhile, was added to Thursday's injury report with a calf. He didn't practice. The Giants could be down to WRs Bennie Fowler and Russell Shepard.
Giants WR Golden Tate has been suspended 4 games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances. Per Tate, the substance that triggered the positive test came from fertility medication. He’ll appeal the ruling on August 6. Tate can still practice and play in preseason games, and that time will be essential as he adjusts to a new offense. But his loss would further cripple an already thin Giants WR corps following the losses of Sterling Shepard and Corey Coleman. Next up on the depth chart: Cody Latimer, Russell Shepard, Bennie Fowler and rookie Darius Slayton. Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram will be busy.
Giants WR Corey Coleman will miss the entire 2019 season after tearing his ACL in Thursday's practice. The former 1st-rounder was the favorite for #3 duties but will now hit free agency in 2020 coming off a serious injury. Rookie Darius Slayton, Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler and Russell Shepard will now duke it out for that #3 WR job. None is worth a pick in fantasy drafts.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas might have a significant hip injury. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Thomas had an MRI on Friday "that now will be sent out for 2nd opinion." We'll pass along any further details as we hear them, as this will certainly be a situation to watch closely. If we don't hear any more before the upcoming waiver run in your league, then stashing WR Cody Latimer on the cheap might be a shrewd move.
Broncos WR Cody Latimer left Saturday night's preseason game with a knee injury and didn't return. The Denver Post reports that he "remained upright and walking around on the sidelines." It doesn't sound too serious, but we'll keep an eye out for further updates. Latimer has a path to the #3 WR role if healthy, albeit in an offense with a shaky QB outlook.
Update: Latimer will have an MRI Sunday but told The Denver Post that he expects to be ready for Week 1. HC Gary Kubiak added that the team doesn't think it's "serious."
Broncos WR Cody Latimer told The Denver Post that he's feeling good physically heading into his 3rd season after taking good care of his body in the offseason. As for the mental side, the former 2nd-round pick also says he has gained confidence. “I was very hesitant,” he said of his first two NFL seasons. “Was worried about what everybody thought — was Peyton (Manning) going to be mad, was coach going to be mad. I was very nervous out there. Going out here now, especially in my third year, I’m confident in myself. I know what I can do. I just go out there and make plays.” That can certainly only help a player who has caught just 8 total passes over his 1st 2 seasons. Latimer will have to continue proving himself before fantasy football owners can expect any relevance. But WR Bennie Fowler will now miss at least a few weeks after suffering an elbow fracture, according to the Post, which should leave Latimer in the lead for the #3 role. That's not an exciting spot in an offense with Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian competing to start at QB. But Latimer's a no-risk shot at the end of your draft with plenty of physical ability.
Broncos WR Bennie Fowler suffered a "small fracture" in his elbow in the team's preseason opener and will be out "a few weeks," according to insider Jeff Legwold. Fowler is currently in the lead for the #3 WR job. His absence could give WR Cody Latimer a shot to claim that spot. The former 2nd-round pick had a solid showing in the 1st exhibition, hauling in 7 balls for 82 yards. WR Jordan Norwood could also be in the mix.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle, finger) won’t play against the Bears today, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Sanders was expected to be available but reportedly didn’t fare well in pregame warmups. His role will be filled by some combination of Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler and Andre Caldwell. None is a recommended fantasy play. WR Demaryius Thomas will dominate targets.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears "it could be difficult" for Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) to play against the Chiefs today. Sanders was at Saturday's walkthrough but is evidently well below 100%. We won't find out his official status until 3 pm ET this afternoon. Sanders will be a risky WR2 if active. If not, WRs Bennie Fowler, Jordan Norwood and Cody Latimer could play bigger roles. So could TEs Owen Daniels and Vernon Davis.
The Broncos remain happy with 2nd-year WR Cody Latimer, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold, but HC Gary Kubiak would like to see a bit more over the final 2 preseason weeks. "You just want to see him making plays," Kubiak said this week. "He's a hard worker. He does the right thing. He's in the right place, but it's time for him to start making plays on the ball, coming up with big plays. The good news with him is he has worked as basically a starter from OTAs through [training] camp and everything. Everything's in place for Cody to grow up and have a big year. I like the way he works, [he] just needs to keep coming." Emmanuel Sanders' hamstring issues have afforded extra starter reps and present potential opportunity if they recur. We'll be quite interested to see if Latimer can step up. He's an intriguing shot to take in the double-digit rounds of your fantasy football draft.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders has been told that he'll play more in the slot this season. This has been our expectation since Denver drafted the 6'2, 215-pound Cody Latimer in the 2nd round of last year's draft. When the Broncos go to 3-WR sets this season, Latimer will join Demaryius Thomas on the outside, while Sanders kicks into the slot. The problem for Latimer's 2015 production is that new HC Gary Kubiak doesn't typically run a whole lot of 3-WR sets. Of course, that doesn't mean he won't run more this season. As for Sanders, he was extremely efficient in the slot last year, posting an 85.7% catch rate and 13.5 yards per catch. More time in the slot doesn't hurt his fantasy outlook.
The Denver Post reports that Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas plans to skip offseason workouts and training as he and the team work on a new contract. Denver placed the franchise tag on Thomas just before the start of free agency, but he doesn't need to sign that tender or report to any team functions until July 15. Fantasy football owners shouldn't worry about this situation at all for now, but it will be one to watch if we get to summer and still have no long-term deal worked out. In the meantime, 2014 rookie Cody Latimer could get some key extra reps with QB Peyton Manning -- starting at Manning's upcoming passing camp at Duke.
"I think it’s time for him to make a big jump, not just a little jump." That's what Broncos HC Gary Kubiak told the team website about 2nd-year WR Cody Latimer this week. The 2014 second-round pick plans to join Peyton Manning next week for his annual workouts at Duke University to work on timing and chemistry. Kubiak said he saw "a lot of flashes" in practice from Latimer in his rookie season -- which Kubiak spent as Baltimore's OC -- and that the young wideout has already displayed "a lot of skill." Latimer will be the #3 WR in Denver, likely lining up outside in 3-WR sets with Emmanuel Sanders moving to the slot. Kubiak's teams have historically not run a ton of multiple-WR sets, but he's probably now working with the most talented trio of wideouts that he's had at any point. A smart offensive coach isn't going to keep his biggest playmakers on the sideline just so that he can get as many TEs on the field as possible. That said, Latimer's role will cap his fantasy upside and certainly limit his week-to-week consistency. He'll make for an intriguing pick in the double-digit rounds of 2015 redraft leagues. Any earlier, though, and you'll likely be overpaying.
Broncos rookie WR Cody Latimer has played just 16 snaps this season and made 1 catch. But QB Peyton Manning believes Latimer is ready if called upon. "I think he certainly has taken advantage of his time," Manning said. "He’s a competitive guy and I think he’s improved throughout the season. I certainly think if his name and number was called, I think he’d go in there and answer the bell for us.” If WR Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) isn't cleared in time for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Latimer would likely get some action. He'd only be a cheap flier in daily games, but it'd be nice to see the rookie build some momentum heading into 2015. With WR Wes Welker unlikely to be back next season, Latimer has a good chance to claim the #3 job. He's a strong hold in dynasty leagues.
Broncos WR Cody Latimer will enter the season 4th or 5th on the depth chart. But insider Jeff Legwold says the rookie will get snaps in the red zone because the Broncos "like the way he attacks the ball in traffic." Latimer goes 6'2, 215 pounds with a 39-inch vertical. He could score a handful of times this season even if he stays low on the depth chart. But Latimer's real fantasy upside comes in the event of an injury to 1 of Denver's top 3 WRs. He's one of our favorite picks at the end of fantasy drafts.
Broncos 2nd-round WR Cody Latimer spent his 1st rookie camp on the sideline and might remain limited into training camp. The rookie's still working back from a fractured 5th metatarsal in his left foot. "They are keeping a close eye on me," he told The Denver Post. "I get to get mental reps and learn from everyone else, seeing what everybody else is doing and how to get coached up from their mistakes." We don't expect Latimer to crack the team's top 3 this season anyway, with Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker back and Emmanuel Sanders arriving via 3-year, $15 million deal. Denver has every reason to be patient with its new playmaker.
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