The New York Giants may be looking for another receiver to go in the middle of their rotation, with news coming out that Cody Latimer has agreed to terms with the Washington Redskins. Latimer wasn’t the biggest name in the Giants’ receiving corps last year, of course, but he did have 24 receptions for 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns, which means he did leave somewhat of a mark on the team’s overall performance.
Statistically, Latimer was the team’s fourth receiver in 2019 and had the fourth most receptions of players at the position, but was outperformed by tight ends Evan Engram and Kaden Smith when it came to overall receptions. When looking at yards, Latimer passed Smith but not Engram.
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Latimer didn’t make a huge splash for the Giants in his time with the team but his 2019 performance wasn’t the worst that it could be, after he spent much of the 2018 season on the injured reserve list while only appearing in 6 games and starting two of them – comparatively, his 15 games and 10 starts in 2019 was a big improvement, especially with his receptions more than doubling.
One player that might have contributed to Latimer leaving is Darius Slayton, who pushed others out of the way as the winner of the competition to be the top receiver behind Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate. That’s a role that Slayton won easily, and depending on performances when things get going in training camp and the preseason, Slayton could even challenge those two – especially with Sterling Shepard coming off a season disrupted by concussions.
The Giants may sign another player to fill the rotation role that Latimer took up or it may present a chance for a draft pick to step in and compete with less competition – either way, the departures of Latimer and Russell Shepard this offseason show that the receivers room may look slightly different by the time the season starts.