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Gary Kubiak: Cody Latimer “on his way” to contributing on offense

Super Bowl 50 - Carolina Panthers v Denver Broncos

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Cody Latimer #14 of the Denver Broncos reacts as the Denver Broncos defeat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 during Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Broncos wide receiver Cody Latimer landed in the news earlier this offseason for the wrong reasons when he was arrested for having an unpaid traffic ticket after calling the police after his girlfriend struck him during a dispute.

That incident seemed to blow over and Latimer could make it even less of a memory with a productive year on the field. The 2014 second-round pick has caught eight passes across two pro seasons that have seen most of his contributions come on special teams.

Coach Gary Kubiak said last week that Latimer is playing faster and agreed with the notion that the wideout is putting himself in good position to earn playing time alongside Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

“I think he’s on his way to doing that, he’s behind two great players,” Kubiak said, via “And my position with him has always been ‘Cody, guys at your position do one of two things, some guys sit there and say ‘Heck, I’m not going to pass up those two great guys’ or some guys say ‘I’m going to be better’,’ and he’s taken the working approach to it. Now it’s got to transfer to the field. I think Cody mentally having a better understanding of the big picture offensively of what you’re trying to do his job, it’s allowing his talents to take over more.”

Jordan Norwood, Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor are also in the running for more playing time with Andre Caldwell out of the mix in Denver. By grabbing it, Latimer would make good on the promise the Broncos saw in him a couple of years ago.