The Broncos won’t have Wes Welker back as their primary slot receiver this season, but they won’t have to look too far for someone to step into the role.
Denver kicked off their offseason conditioning schedule on Monday and Emmanuel Sanders said that he’s been informed by the team’s coaches that the plan is to have him kick inside more often when they have three wideouts on the field in 2015. The plan is for Cody Latimer, a second-round pick last season, to join Demaryius Thomas as outside receivers when they run that alignment.
Sanders said he played in the slot in Pittsburgh and is comfortable moving back into that role. It helps that he has a high opinion of Latimer.
“On my Twitter, I’m vocal about Cody because I believe in Cody,” Sanders said, via NFL.com. “Cody is a special player. He has strong hands and is a physical tool. I think this is going to be the year that he jumps onto the scene. I think he’s going to have a big year and I’m happy he’s on my team and in our receiver group.”
Latimer barely played on offense as a rookie, so it will be a major step up the ladder if the Broncos are running with three wideouts a lot in 2015. Given the return of the fullback and other schematic changes in Denver under new coach Gary Kubiak, it remains to be seen if that will be the case.