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2018 NFL Free Agency: WR Cody Latimer signs with the Giants

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Big Blue adds a receiver and special teams contributor

NFL: Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants have added another piece to their offense and special teams. Wide receiver Cody Latimer, formerly of the Denver Broncos announced Monday afternoon that he has signed with the Giants.

The Giants confirmed the signing late in the afternoon.

Latimer was drafted out of Indiana by the Broncos in the second round (56th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. A former basketball player, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Latimer has an impressive combination of size and athleticism (4.39s 40-yard dash and 39-inch vertical leap with a broken foot at his pro day). However, he didn’t play up to his athletic potential for the Broncos until this past season.

In preparation for the 2018 free agency period, Mile High Report had this to say about Latimer:

Known for his top-notch special teams play, Latimer finally got his chance to shine as a receiver for the Broncos late in the year. He turned in his best season yet in 2017 and put up more production in last year’s campaign than all his previous seasons combined. For the season, Latimer hauled in 19 receptions for 287 yards and two touchdowns and finally showed some of the great play-making ability John Elway and his staff praised him for when they drafted him.

Latimer has the chance to build on his 2017 season and play up to his potential as a secondary option while defenses devote their resources to Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram. He also helps to reinforce a special teams unit that saw key pieces drop like Spinal Tap drummers.