The New York Giants have been applauded by many for their under the radar, low-risk high-reward free agency moves thus far this season. However, on Wednesday night they let one of their own get away, within their own division at that.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Cody Latimer, the wideout and specials teams contributor who had spent that past two seasons with Big Blue, has agreed to terms on a deal with the Washington Redskins.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 26, 2020
Giants Lose a Valuable Role Player in Latimer
Latimer joined the Giants ahead of the 2018 season as an intriguing free agency signing. At the time, Latimer was a 25-year old former second-round pick of the Denver Broncos who never quite materialized into the type of player the team had hoped he would during his time in Colorado.
While Latimer failed to truly breakout with New York, he developed into a reliable role player and return specialist. Latimer typically served as the Giants’ number-three wide receiver over the past two seasons, and with the team hampered by injuries in 2019, he was asked to man a bigger role.
Latimer started 10 games at wideout this past year, hauling in 24 receptions for 300 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Yet, it is in the return game were Latimer will be truly missed.
In 2019, Latimer took over as the team’s main kickoff return man, and showed impressively well. The former Indiana Hoosier returned 24 kickoffs for 570 return yards and an average of 23.8 yards per return, the eighth-highest average in all of football this past season.
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