Cody Latimer
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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur praises veteran wide receiver Cody Latimer as the training camp period nears its end.

One of the main issues for the New York Giants as the regular season approaches is their shortage at the receiver position. Sterling Shepard fractured his thumb in July, Golden Tate is suspended for the first four games for PEDs, and Corey Coleman suffered a torn ACL. Shepard should be back for Week 1, with Coleman out for the year. Tate, on the other hand, is appealing his suspension, but it’ll be a miracle if the four-game ban is lifted.

That being said, one individual that needs to step up is veteran receiver Cody Latimer. Going into year No. 2 with Big Blue, Latimer should get a good amount of reps early on. Head coach Pat Shurmur took the time to praise Latimer on Sunday, discussing his veteran presence.

“Cody is probably one of our most veteran receivers. I think he shows that out there,” Shurmur said Sunday, per Dan Benton of Giants Wire. “He knows how to practice. He knows how to compete. He has a unique ability to make a play down the field. I think he does a good job. . . there are times when he can get behind the (corner) and he’s open. But then there are other times when he’s in a contested situation where he can make a play on the ball. That’s hugely valuable when you’re a wideout.”

Latimer caught two balls for 36 yards in the Giants’ first preseason game against the New York Jets last Thursday, both from rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

Latimer will compete with Bennie Fowler, Russell Shepard, and rookie Darius Slayton for a receiver spot behind S. Shepard and Tate. The competition will initially be for the No. 2 receiver if Tate’s suspension isn’t lifted.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.