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Horse Tracks: Cody Latimer could be on the verge of breaking out

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I have typed this a few times since the Denver Broncos selected wide receiver Cody Latimer in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but I believe Latimer is on the verge of having a breakout game for the Broncos.

I say this because Peyton Manning will probably be not quarterbacking the Denver Broncos for at least the next few weeks. He and Latimer never really got on the same page together. Now that quarterback Brock Osweiler is starting for the Broncos, things may change for the second-year wide receiver.

The two players have looked to be on the same page with each other every time they share the field. Whether it be during Training Camp practices, the preseason, or this past Sunday when Latimer caught a career-high 3 passes for 30 yards.

With Emmanuel Sanders continuing to battle through injuries, I think we could see a bit more of Latimer this Sunday at Chicago. It's about time too. While Benny Fowler is a great story, Latimer is bigger, faster, and stronger than him and probably a better overall receiver. If the Broncos can get Latimer going, they have become much better on offense.

Horse Tracks:

Week 11 Lookahead: Widespread QB injuries have shaped 2015 -
A plethora of teams have been forced to turn to backup QBs (like Brock Osweiler and Matt Hasselbeck) because of injuries. Judy Battista studies this NFL epidemic and how it's affected the standings.

Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) questionable for Sunday -
Running back Marshawn Lynch is questionable to play for the Seahawks against the 49ers on Sunday. He was also questionable last week with the same abdomen injury and played against the Cardinals.

Eddie Lacy listed as probable for Packers on Sunday -
Will Eddie Lacy play Sunday for the Packers? Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Friday that the demoted running back "looked good" Thursday after missing last week with a groin injury.

Week 11 Notebook: Mike Zimmer, Bruce Arians head NFL trend -
Mike Zimmer and Bruce Arians had to bide their time before becoming head coaches. In his notebook, Albert Breer says these two represent a hiring fad that favors the wise man over the wunderkind.

Bears rule out Royal; Jeffery, Forte questionable -
Bears wideout Eddie Royal (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos while receiver Alshon Jeffery (groin, shoulder) and running back Matt Forte (knee) are both questionable.

Bradford officially ruled out; Sanchez to start Sunday -
Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford has been officially ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, which means Mark Sanchez will start. What can we expect from the backup?

Matt Hasselbeck re-routed vacation to play catch -
Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had a missed call from Andrew Luck at the beginning of the bye week last Tuesday and no idea that his world was about to change.

Jerry Jones 'singing in shower' after Romo's return -
How happy was Cowboys owner Jerry Jones when he realized Tony Romo was returning to practice this week? Pretty happy. Jones admitted that he found himself "singing in the shower" Friday morning.

Broncos' Marshall: Brock Osweiler 'looks really good' -
After practicing all week against Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler, linebacker Brandon Marshall came away impressed with Peyton Manning's understudy, saying: "Oh, he's ready."

Peterson: Vikings have 'desire to win no matter what' -
The Vikings have a chance to make a powerful statement in the NFC North this weekend against the Packers. Running back Adrian Peterson says Minnesota is ready to surprise people come Sunday.

NFL fines Cardinals QB Carson Palmer $11,576 -
The NFL fined Carson Palmer and K.J. Wright from last week's Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks NFC West showdown. But they weren't the only players that the league penalized.

Peyton Manning, DeMarcus Ware won't travel with Denver Broncos to face Chicago Bears
Peyton Manning and DeMarcus Ware will not travel with the Broncos for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Devin Funchess to make first start for Carolina Panthers
Receiver Devin Funchess will replace injured Philly Brown in the Panthers' lineup for Sunday's home game against Washington.

Arizona Cardinals LG Mike Iupati to start against Cincinnati Bengals
Cardinals left guard Mike Iupati will start Sunday night against Cincinnati a week after leaving the field in Seattle in an ambulance with a neck injury and concussion.

Detroit Lions team president Rod Wood says next GM will have complete control over football operations
The next general manager of the Lions will have complete control over football operations, including personnel decisions and the salary cap, according to new team president Rod Wood.

NaVorro Bowman to Seahawks fans: "You can’t keep a good man down" | ProFootballTalk
On Sunday, 49ers linebacker Navorro Bowman returns to Seattle for the first time since he suffered a serious knee injury during the 2013 NFC title game. On Friday, Bowman reflected on the injury and its immediate aftermath with reporters.

Blandino says there will always be subjectivity on catch calls | ProFootballTalk
NFL V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino says there's simply no way to avoid subjectivity on the "catch or no catch" question. "There's always going to be that subjectivity to it," Blandino said in his weekly officiating video.

Jaguars take a look at Da’Quan Bowers | ProFootballTalk
Prior to the 2011 draft, defensive end Da'Quan Bowers was considered to be a candidate to be taken first overall. Knee problems caused him to plunge to round two, where he was selected by the Buccaneers. After four seasons (and seven total career sacks) in Tampa, Bowers became a free agent.

NFLPA defends its defense of Greg Hardy | ProFootballTalk
In the two weeks since photos were leaked from the Greg Hardy criminal case, Hardy, the Cowboys, the NFL, and the NFL Players Association have received plenty of criticism. The NFLPA recently fired back, defending its defense of Hardy.

Arthur Moats fined $8,681 for grabbing Johnny Manziel’s facemask | ProFootballTalk
During the first half of last Sunday's victory over the Browns, Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats was flagged for grabbing Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel's facemask during a sack.