Mile High Mailbag: Why No Latimer?

In this week's installment of the Mile High Mailbag, MHH Publisher, Chad Jensen, answers questions about Cody Latimer's lack of involvement in the offense and how the Denver Broncos can utilize Juwan Thompson.

Welcome to the Mile High Mailbag, where we answer your burning Broncos questions via Twitter and feature you in the article. As always, if you have a question you'd like me to answer, hit me up on Twitter.

This is a question on the minds of many in Broncos Country. However, it's important to remember that Cody Latimer is, after all, a rookie. And in an offense as complex and prolific as the Broncos, it takes time to absorb it all and be able to perform within it. Latimer's inexperience in understanding route concepts, and reading defenses, along with not yet having chemistry and rapport with Peyton Manning, has rendered him inactive in 1 of the team's 2 games thus far.

It's also important to keep in mind that the Broncos have the best receiving corps in the NFL. Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker have each been to their share of Pro Bowls. And although Emmanuel Sanders is new to the team, he is playing in his 5th year as a pro. He's been down the road.

Everyone expected to see at least a few glimpses out of Cody Latimer with Welker's suspension, including myself. But we did not. Instead, we saw Andre Caldwell. Why? Because he understands the offense and Manning trusts him more than he trusts Latimer. At least for now.

The Broncos are faced with a very stiff schedule this year. There aren't many games that one could quantify as an easy win. The Colts and Chiefs each gave the Broncos all they could handle. A guy like Manning wants everyone on the field to be in the best possible position to help the offense succeed. Latimer isn't quite there.

Now, if the Broncos weren't as deep at WR as they are, you'd see Latimer on the field. But they are deep. And with Welker returning from his suspension today, don't expect to see Latimer on the field any time soon. He will be a formidable weapon in the redzone, when his time comes. But it's nothing to be alarmed about and is not a reflection on him as a young player. In the NFL, traditionally rookie WRs don't see a lot of snaps. Typically, most of the best WRs in the league take a huge step forward in year two. Guys like Keenan Allen and A.J. Green are the exceptions to that rule.

Juwan Thompson exploded on the Broncos scene in training camp and with a series of impressive preseason performances, made the final 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Duke University. As it stands, he's the team's #4 running back

In week 1, he saw a single snap as a blocking fullback. The Broncos, with their offensive scheme, don't have a lot of use for a traditional fullback, like many teams in the NFL do. When they run plays out of the "I" formation, usually they'll throw a tight end, like Virgil Green or Jacob Tamme, back there to lead block.

The exciting thing about Thompson is that yes, in goal line situations, he provides the Broncos another option and forces the opposing defense to have to account for another player who could potentially touch the ball. But I wouldn't count on seeing Thompson on the goal line much. In jumbo sets, and goal line run formations, the Broncos are more likely to utilize their tight ends, even in the backfield.

Although Thompson's future is bright, don't expect to see him get many touches this year, whether on the goal line, or elsewhere, unless the team suffers a litany of injuries to their RB corps.

You can find Chad Jensen on Twitter @CJ_Broncos.


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This is a question on the minds of many in Broncos Country. However, it's important to remember that Cody Latimer is, after all, a rookie. And in an offense as complex and prolific as the Broncos, it takes time to absorb it all and be able to perform within it. Latimer's inexperience in understanding route concepts, and reading defenses, along with not yet having chemistry and rapport with Peyton Manning, has rendered him inactive in 1 of the team's 2 games thus far. \r\n

It's also important to keep in mind that the Broncos have the best receiving corps in the NFL. Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker have each been to their share of Pro Bowls. And although Emmanuel Sanders is new to the team, he is playing in his 5th year as a pro. He's been down the road. \r\n

Everyone expected to see at least a few glimpses out of Cody Latimer with Welker's suspension, including myself. But we did not. Instead, we saw Andre Caldwell. Why? Because he understands the offense and Manning trusts him more than he trusts Latimer. At least for now. \r\n

The Broncos are faced with a very stiff schedule this year. There aren't many games that one could quantify as an easy win. The Colts and Chiefs each gave the Broncos all they could handle. A guy like Manning wants everyone on the field to be in the best possible position to help the offense succeed. Latimer isn't quite there. \r\n

Now, if the Broncos weren't as deep at WR as they are, you'd see Latimer on the field. But they are deep. And with Welker returning from his suspension today, don't expect to see Latimer on the field any time soon. He will be a formidable weapon in the redzone, when his time comes. But it's nothing to be alarmed about and is not a reflection on him as a young player. In the NFL, traditionally rookie WRs don't see a lot of snaps. Typically, most of the best WRs in the league take a huge step forward in year two. Guys like Keenan Allen and A.J. Green are the exceptions to that rule. \r\n

@CJ_Broncos @MileHighHuddle Will the broncos use %%MATCH_4%% at FB in some offensive packages like short yardage & goal-line situations?

— Tarrell Woods (@BroncoFanatic26) September 14, 2014
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Juwan Thompson exploded on the Broncos scene in training camp and with a series of impressive preseason performances, made the final 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Duke University. As it stands, he's the team's #4 running back \r\n

In week 1, he saw a single snap as a blocking fullback. The Broncos, with their offensive scheme, don't have a lot of use for a traditional fullback, like many teams in the NFL do. When they run plays out of the \"I\" formation, usually they'll throw a tight end, like Virgil Green or Jacob Tamme, back there to lead block. \r\n

The exciting thing about Thompson is that yes, in goal line situations, he provides the Broncos another option and forces the opposing defense to have to account for another player who could potentially touch the ball. But I wouldn't count on seeing Thompson on the goal line much. In jumbo sets, and goal line run formations, the Broncos are more likely to utilize their tight ends, even in the backfield. \r\n

Although Thompson's future is bright, don't expect to see him get many touches this year, whether on the goal line, or elsewhere, unless the team suffers a litany of injuries to their RB corps. \r\n

You can find Chad Jensen on Twitter @CJ_Broncos.","mobileBody":"

Welcome to the Mile High Mailbag, where we answer your burning Broncos questions via Twitter and feature you in the article. As always, if you have a question you'd like me to answer, hit me up on Twitter.

@CJ_Broncos @MileHighHuddle Why is C. Latimer not being utilized? Seems his skill set would b useful in the Red zone AND in Welkers abscence

— armando cuesta (@armandocuesta1) September 16, 2014

This is a question on the minds of many in Broncos Country. However, it's important to remember that Cody Latimer is, after all, a rookie. And in an offense as complex and prolific as the Broncos, it takes time to absorb it all and be able to perform within it. Latimer's inexperience in understanding route concepts, and reading defenses, along with not yet having chemistry and rapport with Peyton Manning, has rendered him inactive in 1 of the team's 2 games thus far.

It's also important to keep in mind that the Broncos have the best receiving corps in the NFL. Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker have each been to their share of Pro Bowls. And although Emmanuel Sanders is new to the team, he is playing in his 5th year as a pro. He's been down the road.

Everyone expected to see at least a few glimpses out of Cody Latimer with Welker's suspension, including myself. But we did not. Instead, we saw Andre Caldwell. Why? Because he understands the offense and Manning trusts him more than he trusts Latimer. At least for now.

The Broncos are faced with a very stiff schedule this year. There aren't many games that one could quantify as an easy win. The Colts and Chiefs each gave the Broncos all they could handle. A guy like Manning wants everyone on the field to be in the best possible position to help the offense succeed. Latimer isn't quite there.

Now, if the Broncos weren't as deep at WR as they are, you'd see Latimer on the field. But they are deep. And with Welker returning from his suspension today, don't expect to see Latimer on the field any time soon. He will be a formidable weapon in the redzone, when his time comes. But it's nothing to be alarmed about and is not a reflection on him as a young player. In the NFL, traditionally rookie WRs don't see a lot of snaps. Typically, most of the best WRs in the league take a huge step forward in year two. Guys like Keenan Allen and A.J. Green are the exceptions to that rule.

@CJ_Broncos @MileHighHuddle Will the broncos use %%MATCH_4%% at FB in some offensive packages like short yardage & goal-line situations?

— Tarrell Woods (@BroncoFanatic26) September 14, 2014

Juwan Thompson exploded on the Broncos scene in training camp and with a series of impressive preseason performances, made the final 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Duke University. As it stands, he's the team's #4 running back

In week 1, he saw a single snap as a blocking fullback. The Broncos, with their offensive scheme, don't have a lot of use for a traditional fullback, like many teams in the NFL do. When they run plays out of the \"I\" formation, usually they'll throw a tight end, like Virgil Green or Jacob Tamme, back there to lead block.

The exciting thing about Thompson is that yes, in goal line situations, he provides the Broncos another option and forces the opposing defense to have to account for another player who could potentially touch the ball. But I wouldn't count on seeing Thompson on the goal line much. In jumbo sets, and goal line run formations, the Broncos are more likely to utilize their tight ends, even in the backfield.

Although Thompson's future is bright, don't expect to see him get many touches this year, whether on the goal line, or elsewhere, unless the team suffers a litany of injuries to their RB corps.

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