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WR Cody Latimer
The Broncos made a bold move in the 2014 NFL draft when they moved up in the second round to select wide receiver Cody Latimer. He should play as the team's fourth-string receiver this season, but Latimer could be in for a starting role in 2015.
Latimer has a great size/speed combination. He's got the speed to work well as a downfield receiver, and he tracks the ball well over his shoulder. Latimer has the size, wingspan and leaping ability to play "above the rim" in the NFL. A former basketball star, Latimer knows how to use his frame to "box out" defenders and win at the point of the catch.
With his size, Latimer could be an interesting red-zone target this year as the team finds ways to get him on the field. Wes Welker is in the final year of his contract, and the team may use Emmanuel Sanders as the slot receiver next year in an effort to get Latimer starting on the outside opposite Demaryius Thomas.
This season, Latimer is a player to monitor in re-draft leagues. In dynasty leagues, he should be highly coveted as a player with potential and upside in the league's most dangerous passing game.
WR DeAnthony Thomas
The Chiefs' 4th rounder will try to earn the snaps that were given to Dexter McCluster over the past few years. Thomas has already landed atop the depth chart at PR and has moved up to 3rd team at RB. There's a lot of buzz coming out of Kansas City about the rookie and his involvement in the passing game. He's a player to watch this preseason once the games begin.
WR Jerricho Cotchery
Ancient Jerricho Cotchery (he'll be 32 when regular season starts) is currently on top of the Panthers' depth chart at wide receiver. Cotchery did grab a career-high 10 TDs for Pittsburgh last season (76 targets for 46/602/10) but he had a grand total of two receiving TDs during his prior two seasons with the Steelers. Entering his 11th NFL season, Cotchery has amassed more than 1,000 yards receiving exactly once (way back in 2007 when he handled 127 targets for 82/1,130/2 receiving), and his career high in receptions is 82, achieved twice (during 2006 and 2007). As you can see, Cotchery's best seasons are far behind him, for the most part.
WR Robert Woods
Last year saw former USC receiver Robert Woods as an every down receiver whose production belies how well he played. Woods' rookie season was certainly hampered by the chaos at quarterback with players in and out of the lineup due to injury. This year, Woods will likely take Stevie Johnson's place on the slot, with Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams on the perimeter in three-wide sets. The coaching staff likes Woods quite a bit according to Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com and have high expectations for him. Of course, like all the receivers in this offense, the progress of quarterback EJ Manuel will factor into his output. Until we see what the offense looks like in training camp as we hit year two of the Doug Marrone era, we have to be cautious with expectations. Woods appears to have solid chemistry with Manuel but our sample size is a bit small. In the end though, as long as Manuel is effective, he will find Woods more often than not.
WR Justin Blackmon
Justin Blackmon's two year career has been one filled with a variety of headaches for the Jaguars. On the field he has enormous talent and can be that dominant game changer type of player the Jaguars so desperately need. The off field issues are likely going to find Blackmon suspended for a majority, if not all of the 2014 season. It appears that Jacksonville has already moved on from Blackmon as they just drafted two young talented WR's in the second round this year, taking both Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson. Blackmon has the talent to be a star WR in the NFL but it looks like some off field consequences aren't going to allow him to break into that star wide receiver role. The Jaguars and coach Gus Bradley already have given Blackmon's locker away as well and it looks like his days in Jacksonville are over.
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