The Denver Broncos won’t have wideouts Cody Latimer or Emmanuel Sanders when they face the Kansas City Chiefs for their final game of the 2017 season.
“The Broncos, as expected, have ruled out WRs Emmanuel Sanders [ankle] and Cody Latimer [thigh] for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs,” wrote Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post. “Neither practiced at all this week. Zach Kerr also out. Also worth noting Latimer will be an unrestricted free agent in March.”
Latimer is such an interesting case. A second-round draft pick, the team had high hopes for him after he was picked. His physical abilities were compared to Demaryius Thomas, though perhaps with more speed. He had a broken foot when he ran the 40-Yard Dash at the Scouting Combine, and he still ran a 4.39.
With all that fanfare, he’s done almost nothing. He has 445 receiving yards and three touchdowns in four seasons.
Some of it is being buried behind Thomas and Sanders on the depth chart. Some of it is that he’s a great special teams player, so he’s contributed more there. But there are plenty of other questions. For instance, there were rumors that he just couldn’t grasp Peyton Manning’s offense when he first came into the league.
That said, 2017 has been his best season by far. He set career highs in catches , yards , average [15.1], long  and touchdowns . On one hand, those are still pedestrian numbers. On the other, he’s finally trending up. It will be interesting to see if the Broncos bring him back or let him seek his fortunes in free agency.