The Broncos added another target for Peyton Manning in the second round of the draft when they selected wide receiver Cody Latimer, but it will be some time before Latimer will be able to take on a full workload for Denver.
Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Latimer will be limited during the rest of the team’s offseason program as he continues to recover from a broken foot. The injury caused Latimer to skip everything but the bench press at the combine, but was well enough to post good numbers at Indiana’s pro day and during workouts for teams.
Those performances suggest Latimer should be fully recovered in time for camp, but his playing time could still be impacted if he’s just doing mental reps this spring. Rookie wide receivers often have a slow transition from college to the NFL and the Broncos have plenty of other options at receiver.
Demaryius Thomas, who also broke his foot shortly before being drafted, and Wes Welker have the top two spots nailed down and Emmanuel Sanders would be tough to beat out for the third spot even if Latimer were fully available this offseason. With Andre Caldwell also on hand, Latimer will be left with a lot of work to do this summer to earn a sizable role in the fall.