ENGLEWOOD, Colo. **– This could be a breakout year for wide receiver Cody Latimer, but the second-year Bronco isn't settling for expectations – he's constantly working on his craft.
"I think I started kind of strong," Latimer said of training camp thus far. "I can always do better. Little things I need to tweak in my game, but I'm going to take it day-by-day and try to increase and try to get better."
A draft pick by the Broncos out of the University of Indiana in 2014, Latimer just skimmed the surface of his ability last season. He was active in eight games and totaled two receptions for 23 yards and two kickoff returns for 22 yards during his first season.
The Broncos continued training camp work on Saturday and got closer to their first day in pads. (All photos by Eric Lars Bakke)
With wide receiver Demaryius Thomas being slowly reintegrated to Broncos training camp sessions, Latimer has taken the opportunity to take snaps with the first team and make an impression on the coaches. Latimer isn't just making an impression on the Broncos staff, but also on his teammate, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
"I just saw Cody and I'm actually excited for him," Sanders said. "You want to talk about a guy who's a physical tool just like Demaryius Thomas? I feel like coming in with the rookie class of Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, Mike Evans and all those guys, he feels like he's kind of overlooked. I'm big on Cody. He's strong, he's fast and I think that's he's going to come in and he's going to have a big year for us. I'm looking forward to him just taking off and showing everybody, 'Hey, look at [No.] 14 over here from the Denver Broncos.'"
While taking reps with the ones during training camp and the offseason, Latimer has been able to build a better relationship with quarterback Peyton Manning. This past offseason, Latimer was able to work out with Manning during his annual training session at Duke University.
"Starting from Duke to here, OTAs, being able to run with the ones, it's been good," said Latimer of his chemistry with Manning. "Time has been good but like I said, there's always stuff we can work on. We're trying to get better everyday."