The Denver Broncos wide receiver corps is deeper than it was last year after the offseason additions of Emmanuel Sanders in free agency and Indiana Hoosiers wideout Cody Latimer in the draft to replace the loss of talented No. 2 wideout Eric Decker. Sanders is a possible breakout candidate with a change of scenery and an even better passing attack, while Latimer is the kind of big, explosive receiver who has the upside to be a true star in this league, especially in the Broncos offense.
In his mailbag feature on the Broncos official site, Andrew Mason stated that Latimer has been “impressive” so far in training camp, and he included praise for the rookie’s blocking. But while his physical tools, hands, and blocking have been good and the rookie looks the part already, Mason adds that the talent at the position might not afford him too many opportunities to show his stuff.
I think Latimer will get sufficient targets for a rookie and shine, as this offense has more than enough room for a tools-y third receiver. Latimer isn’t the finished product and will need to continue to work on the finer points of the game, but it’s great to hear that he’s impressing. Nobody should expect a huge season from him, but he should do well and give the Broncos more options and explosive play at WR.
The Broncos roster bubble at running back has created an interesting competition, and Mason was asked by one of his followers which backs outside of breakout candidate Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson would make the roster. Mason wrote that it has been change-of-pace guy Ronnie Hillman, who is locked in a battle with Anderson for the No. 2 RB gig, running with the second team over Anderson. In fact, Mason writes that Hillman has been “effective” and shown improvement as a rusher.
Hillman has the tools to be a quality No. 2 guy in this league, but he’ll have to improve his consistency and ball security; it looks like he’s on his way. He is locked in a wide open battle, so things can always change in this competition. Rookies Brennan Clay and Kapri Bibbs are two guys I want to watch closely in the preseason.