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Daesean Hamilton

Daesean Hamilton

Wide Receiver #5
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 203 lb.
Born:March 10, 1995
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 4 (113)
Draft Team:DEN

Daesean Hamilton: Impresses with route-running

Hamilton has been consistently strong running routes during training camp, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: Some combination of a nagging knee injury, shuffling in the receiving corps, and mediocre quarterback play stifled Hamilton for much of his rookie season, but he still managed to lead the team in receptions during the final quarter of the season. Now healthy, Hamilton appears to be flaunting the sort of quickness and crisp route-running that led the Broncos' front office to declare him the best route-runner of the 2018 Senior Bowl and invest a fourth-round pick in him. With fellow youngsters Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick best suited reeling in jump balls down the sidelines, look for Hamilton to potentially emerge as a high-volume slot target underneath.

July 22, 2019 6:08 PM EST

Daesean Hamilton: Recovered from knee injury

Hamilton played through a knee injury late last season, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hamilton returned healthy for the Broncos' offseason program, seemingly destined for a key role after the team did little to upgrade its wideout group this spring. The 2018 fourth-round pick frequently operated from the slot as a rookie, handling a much larger role after Emmanuel Sanders suffered a torn Achilles in early December. Hamilton averaged 70 snaps, 9.5 targets and 6.3 catches over the final four weeks, yet he landed between 40 and 49 receiving yards in each game while almost strictly catching short passes (albeit with two touchdowns). He did produce 16.2 yards per catch and nine touchdowns his senior season at Penn State, so there's potential for more of a downfield impact. Hamilton's 2019 role will partially depend on the health of Sanders, who also saw frequent slot work last season. Courtland Sutton appears locked in for one starting job outside, with Tim Patrick also a candidate for snaps. The quarterback situation doesn't appear any better than it was last season, featuring 34-year-old Joe Flacco and rookie second-round pick Drew Lock.

May 22, 2019 6:46 AM EST

Daesean Hamilton: Has future as underneath target

Hamilton finished 2018 having caught 30 of 46 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns.

Analysis: During training camp, some thought that the fourth-round pick Hamilton, and not the second-round pick Courtland Sutton, was destined to be Denver's No. 3 receiver in 2018. In the end, Sutton's raw, big-play ability won out and Hamilton struggled to find a rhythm and missed extended time with a MCL sprain. His abilities as a savvy underneath target showed through down the stretch, however, as he averaged 6.25 catches off of 9.5 targets per game during the season's final four weeks following Emmanuel Sanders' season-ending Achilles injury. He scored both of his touchdowns on the season during that span. Sanders may return to provide an established threat in 2019, but it's easy to see a Denver passing attack that is eventually based around attacking with fellow youngsters Sutton and Tim Patrick down the sidelines and deep while Hamilton and his much-hyped route-running takes hold of the middle of the field.

January 3, 2019 4:04 PM EST

Daesean Hamilton: Paces team in receiving in loss

Hamilton caught five of eight targets for 49 yards in Sunday's 23-9 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Hamilton closed out the season with four consecutive contests of at least five balls and 40-plus yards in the loss, but the real star of the passing game was Royce Freeman, who logged eight catches on 10 targets. Unfortunately, the Broncos failed to sustain many drives and their lone touchdown was caught by fullback Andy Janovich. Hamilton finishes the regular season with 30 catches on 46 targets for 243 yards and two scores, much of which came in the final four contests after Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) was placed on IR. The 23-year-old will certainly be in line for a larger role come 2019.

December 30, 2018 6:21 PM EST

Daesean Hamilton: Six catches in third straight

Hamilton hauled in six of his nine targets for 40 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 27-14 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Hamilton got open as he was headed out of the left side of the end zone but made the seven-yard catch to get the Broncos for the first time all day in the third quarter. The 23-year-old has provided a consistent target for Case Keenum since Emmanuel Sanders went down with an Achilles injury and how has at least six catches and 40 yards in each of Denver's last three games to go with two scores. The 2018 fourth-round pick will try to close out the regular season in similar fashion with a home matchup against the Chargers in Week 17.

December 24, 2018 8:59 PM EST

Daesean Hamilton: Emerging as season winds to close

Hamilton caught seven of 12 targets for 46 receiving yards during Saturday's 17-16 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Though receiving production has been relatively split between Hamilton, Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick in two weeks sans Emmanuel Sanders, the Penn State standout may be the most promising of the bunch, demonstrating reliable hands and savvy acumen after the catch with more opportunity to get on the field of late. Hamilton has garnered a monstrous 21 targets over Denver's past two games (team-high), turning those chances into 14 catches for 93 receiving yards and a touchdown. Following a second consecutive noteworthy showing, Hamilton figures to be a popular waiver wire add and potential deep-league streaming option going up against an Oakland defense that's allowing a league-high 3.9 red zone drives per game this season, 10 times being burned by a wide receiver for more than 15 points in PPR scoring.

December 15, 2018 10:03 PM EST

Daesean Hamilton: Strong effort in expanded role

Hamilton brought in seven of nine targets for 47 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' 20-14 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.

Analysis: Hamilton co-led the Broncos in receptions, helping them make up for the absence of Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) in their first game without the latter in the lineup. The rookie from Penn State's reception, receiving yardage and target totals were all career highs, and his one-yard touchdown reception with 3:53 remaining brought Denver to within six points. Hamilton's ability to take advantage of extra snaps was certainly encouraging, giving him a solid fantasy outlook heading into a Week 15 battle against the Browns next Saturday night.

December 9, 2018 6:05 PM EST

Daesean Hamilton: Set for expanded role

Hamilton is one of four healthy wide receivers on the Denver roster after Emmanuel Sanders suffered a possible Achilles tear during Wednesday's practice, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.

Analysis: The rookie fourth-round pick had seemingly already passed Tim Patrick for the No. 3 role, unexpectedly leading all Denver wideouts with an 80 percent snap share in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Bengals. Of course, the playing time didn't actually lead to any targets, leaving Hamilton with just five catches for 61 yards in 10 games. The Broncos may now have no choice but to push the ball in his direction, though fellow rookie Courtland Sutton is the much safer bet to see consistent volume with Sanders expected to miss the rest of the season. A Week 14 matchup with the 49ers could create a soft landing for a Denver passing game that's relied on Sanders for 23.7 percent of the targets and 29.0 percent of the receiving yards.

December 5, 2018 12:50 PM EST

Daesean Hamilton: Not targeted on 47 snaps

Hamilton finished without a target on 47 snaps in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Hamilton actually led all Denver wideouts with an 80 percent snap share, getting more playing time than Courtland Sutton (41 snaps), Emmanuel Sanders (40) and Tim Patrick (21). An easy win provides part of the explanation, but it does seem Hamilton has at least bypassed Patrick for the No. 3 job, albeit in a run-first offense. The Broncos travel to San Francisco in Week 14.

December 3, 2018 7:14 AM EST

Daesean Hamilton: Targeted twice in win

Hamilton caught one of two passes for 13 yards during Sunday's 24-17 win over Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Case Keenum found Hamilton for a quick pass on third down early in the fourth quarter, springing a Denver touchdown drive to take the lead. Hamilton was thought to be the more polished of Denver's rookie receivers, but Courtland Sutton has put up the big plays. Expect Hamilton and his strong route-running to be a factor down the stretch, though, as Keenum, now without tight end Jeff Heuerman (ribs/lung) for the year, needs reliable underneath options. Hamilton seems to fit the bill and first up is a Bengals pass defense ranked 31st in the league surrendering 292 yards per game.

November 27, 2018 9:16 PM EST

Daesean Hamilton: Listed as full practice participant

Hamilton (knee) was listed as a full practice participant Thursday, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.

Analysis: Down the road, Hamilton could carve out a more prominent role in the Broncos offense, but currently Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton are the team's only notable wideouts from a fantasy perspective.

November 22, 2018 11:57 AM EST

Daesean Hamilton: Limited at practice

Hamilton (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.

Analysis: With just four catches on six targets for 48 yards in eight games to date, Hamilton isn't currently on the fantasy radar. That said, with wideout Demaryius Thomas no longer on the team, Hamilton -- once healthy -- could carve out a more prominent role in the Denver offense behind current starters Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton.

November 21, 2018 12:24 PM EST

Daesean Hamilton: Re-injures same knee

Hamilton re-injured the same knee in which he suffered an MCL sprain Oct. 18, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Hamilton made it back on the field coming a Week 10 bye, only to hurt the same knee during Sunday's 22-21 win over the Chargers. He caught one of two targets for four yards before exiting the game late in the second quarter. Tim Patrick served as Denver's No. 3 receiver the rest of the way, finishing without a catch on just one target. Hamilton doesn't seem like a good bet to be available for Week 12 against the Steelers.

November 18, 2018 4:36 PM EST

Daesean Hamilton: Exits game with knee injury

Hamilton exited Sunday's game against the Chargers late in the second quarter with a knee injury, the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Prior to being forced out of the game, the 2018 fourth-rounder logged one catch (on two targets) for four yards.

November 18, 2018 3:06 PM EST

Daesean Hamilton: Upgrades to full participation

Hamilton (knee) was a full participant at Thursday's practice, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Hamilton was sidelined for the Broncos' last two games with a sprained MCL, but the wideout seems to be feeling good coming out of the team's Week 10 bye. After logging a limited practice Wednesday, Hamilton upped his activity for the Broncos' second session of the week to eliminate any concern about his availability for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Per Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com, coach Vance Joseph confirmed Thursday that the rookie will have an expanded role now that he's healthy again, so it wouldn't be surprised if Hamilton settled in as the team's No. 3 receiver ahead of Tim Patrick. Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton are locked in as Denver's starting receivers.

November 15, 2018 2:38 PM EST

Daesean Hamilton: Limited in practice Wednesday

Hamilton (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Hamilton has missed two consecutive games due to a lingering knee issue, but appears to have made progress in his recovery coming off a bye week. If the rookie fourth-round pick is able to get healthy for Sunday's tilt against the Chargers, Hamilton should serve as the Bronco's No. 3 receiver behind Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton.

November 14, 2018 4:08 PM EST

Daesean Hamilton: Expects to return this week

Hamilton (knee) expects to return for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: Coming out of a bye week, Hamilton will be exactly one month removed from suffering his injury when the Broncos travel to Los Angeles in Week 11. He's at the long end of the typical recovery timeline for an MCL sprain, with a chance to usurp Tim Patrick for the No. 3 wide receiver job. The role isn't likely to correlate with regular production in Denver's mediocre passing attack, but a strong finish to the season could put the rookie fourth-round pick in line for regular targets next season.

November 12, 2018 11:41 AM EST

Daesean Hamilton: Could be back after bye

Coach Vance Joseph is hopeful Hamilton (knee) can return after a Week 10 bye, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: The rookie wideout has already missed two games while recovering from an MCL sprain, allowing Tim Patrick to go unchallenged in the No. 3 receiver job after Demaryius Thomas was traded to Houston last week. The Broncos probably would like to see Hamilton seize the role, but there's no guarantee it happens immediately after the Week 10 bye.

November 7, 2018 12:34 PM EST

Daesean Hamilton: Aiming for Week 11 return

Hamilton (knee) said he hopes to return for Week 11 against the Chargers, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Hamilton has already missed one game with an MCL sprain and now seems to be ruling himself out for Sunday's matchup with Houston. A Week 10 bye may allow him to avoid a third absence, with his ability to play made all the more important after the Broncos traded Demaryius Thomas to the Texans on Tuesday. Fellow rookie Courtland Sutton is set to take over the No. 2 job, likely leaving Tim Patrick as the third wideout for Week 9. The team presumably would like to see Hamilton handle the No. 3 role once he's healthy.

October 31, 2018 1:49 PM EST

Daesean Hamilton: Not back at practice

Hamilton (knee) isn't practicing Wednesday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: Hamilton's stock went up when Denver traded Demaryius Thomas to Houston on Tuesday, but the rookie needs to recover from an MCL sprain before he can take advantage of the opportunity. Courtland Sutton seems to have the No. 2 wide receiver job locked down, while Hamilton may need to compete with Tim Patrick for the No. 3 gig (once he's healthy). Hamilton has two more chances to practice before Sunday's game against Thomas and the Texans.

October 31, 2018 11:34 AM EST

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