The Denver Broncos appear set to place their faith in youth rather than experience in one position next season at least, according to reports today.
While there is a growing consensus that says Peyton Manning will be back for the 2015 season, the Broncos career of another NFL veteran appears to be at an end.
Out with the old
As reported by ESPN, Denver are apparently "very clear" that it will be Cory Latimer, and not five-time Pro Bowler, Wes Welker, who will fulfil the role of Broncos no.3 wide receiver come the fall.
Latimer is coming off a rookie year in which he was used sparingly by the old Denver Broncos coaching staff but - despite being involved on just 34 snaps in 2014 - he has the support of new head coach Gary Kubiak, who first noticed his talents prior to the 2014 NFL Draft.
"I spent a whole day with him in Baltimore. We really, really liked him. I think a lot of his ability," explained Kubiak when discussing the wideout talent.
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Latimer was a second round pick out of Indiana in 2014 and is expected to line up on the depth chart behind Demaryius Thomas (expected to be franchise tagged today) and Emanuel Sanders.
It all adds up
The 6 ft 2 inch 22-year-old's pending promotion all but signals the end for Wes Welker in Denver.
There had been speculation that the former Patriots star would retire this offseason - three concussions in a nine-month period and a 34th birthday approaching - but reports last month claimed Welker planned to continue playing. It is unlikely that will be at Mile High Stadium however.
With his 2014 season disrupted by injury and PED-related suspension, and Welker's $7.647 million salary having attributed the fifth highest cap hit on the team last campaign, it is perhaps no surprise the Broncos plan to move on.
Under Kubiak, Denver, with or without Peyton Manning under center, are expected to move to a more evenly split run-pass game next season. As such, there is simply little reason to keep paying Welker the big bucks at no.3 receiver.
Why not give a young potential star like Latimer a chance.
What do you think Broncos fans? Does anyone believe Latimer has what it takes to progress to the standards Welker has previously set? And can Welker's time in Denver be deemed a success despite a tough 2014? Let us know in the comments section below...
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