Latimer in 2014
|No. 12 – New York Giants|
October 10, 1992 |
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school:||Dayton (OH) Jefferson Township|
|NFL Draft:||2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2017|
|Player stats at PFR|
Cody Derek Latimer (born October 10, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Indiana. He was a member of the Broncos in their Super Bowl 50 win against the Carolina Panthers.
Latimer attended Jefferson Township High School in Dayton, Ohio. He was a first team all-conference selection after hauling in 42 catches for 722 yards and six touchdowns in addition to 372 rushing yards, six touchdowns, and 27 carries in just eight games as a senior. On defense, he made 89 tackles, four interceptions (one score) and forced two fumbles. In addition to football, he played basketball, baseball, and ran track.
Latimer attended Indiana University from 2011 to 2013. During his career, he started 24 of 32 games with 135 receptions for 2,042 yards and 17 touchdowns. He entered the 2014 NFL Draft after his junior season.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 2 in
|32 5⁄8 in
|9 5⁄8 in
|4.44 s||1.55 s||2.59 s||39 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
Throughout training camp, he competed for a job as the backup wide receiver against veterans Andre Caldwell and Jordan Norwood. Head coach John Fox named Latimer the fourth wide receiver on the depth chart to start the regular season after Wes Welker was suspended for the first four games after he failed a drug test for amphetamines and violated the NFL's performance enhancing substances policy and Jordan Norwood tore his ACL during training camp practice. He started the season behind Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and Andre Caldwell.
He made his professional regular season debut in the Denver Broncos' season-opening 31–24 victory against the Indianapolis Colts. Head coach John Fox elected to play Isaiah Burse for his added punt return capabilities and listed Latimer as a healthy scratch for five consecutive games (Weeks 2-7). In Week 10, Latimer caught his first career reception off of a nine-yard pass by quarterback Peyton Manning, as the Broncos routed the Oakland Raiders 41–17. He was listed as inactive the following week as the St. Louis Rams defeated the Broncos 22–17. On December 28, 2014, he caught a season-long 14-yard pass during a 47–14 win against the Oakland Raiders. He finished his rookie season with two receptions for 23 receiving yards and two kick returns for 22-yards in eight games and zero starts. Latimer stated he had issues digesting the playbook and took too long during his rookie season to adjust to the pro game.
On January 12, 2015, the Denver Broncos and head coach John Fox agreed to mutually part ways after their 24–13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional round. On January 19, 2015, the Denver Broncos appointed former Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak as their new head coach. Latimer competed against Andre Caldwell and Jordan Norwood for role as the Broncos' third wide receiver after the Broncos opted to not re-sign Wes Welker. Head coach Gary Kubiak named Latimer the fifth wide receiver on the depth chart to start the regular season, behind Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Andre Caldwell, and Jordan Norwood.
In Week 10, Latimer caught a season-high three passes for 30 yards during Denver's 29–13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. On November 22, 2015, he earned his first had two receptions for 22-yard and caught his first career touchdown on a ten-yard pass from Peyton Manning as the Broncos defeated the Chicago Bears 17–15. He finished the 2015 season with six receptions for 59-yards and one touchdown in 14 games and one start.
The Denver Broncos finished the season atop the AFC West with a 12-4 record and received a playoff berth. On January 17, 2016, Latimer appeared in his first career playoff game and caught two passes for 18-yards as the Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-16. After defeating the New England Patriots, the Denver Broncos went on to face the Panthers in the Super Bowl. On February 7, 2016, Latimer appeared in Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos as they defeated the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24–10.
In the 2016 season, with new quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, Latimer played in 12 games with one start recording eight receptions for 76 yards. Latimer also had a career-high seven solo tackles on special teams and returned eight kicks for 200-yards.
Latimer finished his fourth season in 2017 with a career-high 19 receptions for 287 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 11 games. He also had eight kick returns for 190-yards.
His father, Colby, played college football at Bowling Green State University in the 1980s, and died from cancer in 2005. Latimer also lost his grandmother from cancer and raises donations for the American Cancer Society. On May 31, 2016, Latimer was arrested for an outstanding traffic ticket while police were investigating his complaint that he was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of his girlfriend.
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