They strapped a camera to his head to capture the experience of flight. Cody Latimer, a couple months before beginning his final season at Indiana in 2013, was at the center of a team-building activity that brought him and his teammates inside Assembly Hall, the school’s famed basketball gym. It was labeled a dunk contest, but it was no contest at all. It was simply a 6-foot-2 wide receiver with a 40-inch vertical jump putting on a show. With a skull-mounted GoPro camera capturing his aerial acrobatics, Latimer caught the ball after lobbing it off the ground and slammed it through the rim, which he had met at eye level. Then, he leaped from one side of the rim, dropped the ball toward his knees and then ripped it back for a reverse dunk. He closed his gravity-mocking act by effortlessly leaping over a teammate, catching a lob with one hand and finishing with force, drawing shouts of joy from the rest of the Hoosiers. “His ups and are pretty amazing,” said fellow Broncos wide receiver Bennie Fowler, who has viewed his teammate’s high-flying highlights of yesteryear. Finally, in his fourth NFL season, Latimer is beginning to put his elite physical tools — the ones so apparent on that dunk reel — to use on a consistent basis for the Broncos. His starring role in last week’s 25-13 victory over the Colts — he had three catches for 60 yards, including a leaping, 22-yard touchdown grab — was the latest in a string of bright performances for a player who had provided minimal offensive impact since the Broncos selected him in the second round in 2014.
Cody Latimer has authored the best stretch of his career by putting his considerable physical tools to use
Denver Post | Dec 22