The Washington Redskins signed Cody Latimer. The six-year veteran will provide experience with the young host team.
One of the clear goals of the Washington Redskins offseason was to add some veteran depth to their receiver body. They have good young talent with Terry McLaurin, Steven Sims and Kelvin Harmon, among others, but what they lacked was a proven veteran who could provide depth or another starting option for the team.
After the Redskins missed Amari Cooper, they decided to take the negotiating approach at most free agent positions. And that should include their last signature in the receiving body.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network says Redskins have reached an agreement with Cody Latimer. The veteran had previously been a member of the Denver Broncos and the New York Giants.
Latimer is a good deal. He’s an experienced veteran who has been in the league for six years but is still relatively young. He turns 28 in October and should be a solid play for the Redskins.
Latimer was an Indiana second-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, but it was not quite up to the bill. He had his best season last year with the Giants who started 10 of the 15 games he played and had 24 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns. All of these numbers have established or equaled career highs.
Latimer’s most intriguing skill is its solid 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame. He has great physique and strength and is good at making contested catches. That said, he can also be a bit of a playmaker on the field; he has averaged 14.4 yards per catch in the past three seasons, despite having a long reception of 43 yards during that period.
The Redskins may see untapped potential in Latimer. But anyway, he’s a solid option for a backup receiver station and he averaged 23.8 yards per return on 26 kicking returns last season. It is therefore an added value that it can bring to special teams.
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Latimer’s signing will not prevent the team from adding another young catcher to a receiver-rich draft class. But he will ensure a veteran presence in this receiver room and challenge other background list options like Cam Sims, Darvin Kidsy and Emanuel Hall for a spot on the team. And it is possible that Latimer may find a role in the “Skins in 2020” offense.