Cody Latimer Injury Updates

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 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 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 insider Vic Lombardi hears that rookie WR Cody Latimer will be competing for a starting job in 2014.  "Not next year," Lombardi adds. "Like now."  Denver is clearly high on Latimer, trading up to grab him with the 56th overall pick of the draft.  But Demaryius Thomas is locked into 1 outside spot, Wes Welker has a clamp on slot duties and Emmanuel Sanders just got a 3-year, $15 million deal in free agency from Denver.  Latimer would need to light it up this summer to pass Sanders on the depth chart.  More likely, he'll start on the outside in 2015 when Wes Welker becomes a free agent.  Sanders will move into the slot.  Latimore will likely need an injury to be a reliable fantasy option this season.  But he's a high-upside dynasty stash.

Denver landed Indiana WR Cody Latimer in the 2nd round of the draft.  At 6’2, 215 pounds with 4.4 speed, he’s a physical presence who catches almost everything in sight.  He’ll struggle for redraft value, as Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas already fill up the depth chart.  Latimer’s certainly an intriguing dynasty prospect, though.  He also has the NFL-ready skill set necessary to contribute if injuries strike.


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