Vic Lombardi of CBS4 in Denver tweeted today that he's been told Broncos rookie wide receiver Cody Latimer "will compete for a starting job this year. Not next year. Like now."
Like, NOW now? I don't know if that was made clear enough.
The Broncos traded up in the second round to select Latimer 56th overall last week. He has standout physical traits -- 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and ran a 4.39-40 at his pro day about two months after undergoing surgery to repair a foot fracture. He also has dependable hands as he dropped only one of his 119 targets last year at Indiana University. But does that mean he will move ahead of Emmanuel Sanders or Wes Welker in the Broncos' passing game pecking order? I doubt it. Latimer's assimilation to the NFL will begin slowly as he will be limited until training camp due to his still-healing foot. That time missed will stunt his immediate growth, but he does have plenty upside and could be a valuable contributor this season if an injury or two befalls Denver's receiving corps. For those considering Latimer in keeper and dynasty leagues, keep in mind that Welker's contract expires after 2014.