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K.J. Hamler

Denver Broncos
Wide Receiver #1
Denver Broncos
Wide Receiver #1

K.J. Hamler News

Suffers torn ACL

Hamler suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's win over the Jets, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Hamler was unable to put much weight on his leg as he left Sunday's Week 3 matchup, and he'll miss the remainder of the season after an MRI revealed a torn ACL. The 22-year-old hauled in five of 10 targets for 74 yards across the first three weeks of the season. It's not yet clear whether he'll be ready for the start of camp in 2022, but Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick will continue to serve as the Broncos' top receivers while Jerry Jeudy (ankle) remains sidelined.

Sep 27, 2021 10:17 AM EST


Exits game with knee injury

Hamler was forced out of Sunday's game against the Jets with a left knee injury, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Legwold noted that Hamler didn't put much weight on his leg when he was helped to the locker room by trainers, so it's possible that the wideout could miss some time. Prior to his exit from Sunday's contest, Hamler caught one of his three targets for 28 yards. In his absence, Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick will head the Broncos' Week 3 WR corps.

Sep 26, 2021 2:24 PM EST



Logs one catch

Hamler caught one of three targets for five yards in Sunday's 23-13 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Hamler's disappointing performance Sunday does not reflect a lack of involvement in the team's offense. In fact, the speedy wideout played on 71 percent of the Broncos' snaps in Week 2, which was way up from 36 percent in the season opener. Hamler's increase in playing time was certainly expected with fellow receiver Jerry Jeudy being placed on injured reserve after suffering a high ankle sprain. The 2020 second-round pick was touted throughout training camp as being a versatile weapon for Denver's offense, but that just hasn't translated on Sundays yet. Although he is hard to trust from a fantasy standpoint, Hamler will look to get going in another favorable matchup when the Broncos host the Jets in Week 3.

Sep 20, 2021 9:37 PM EST


Collects three receptions

Hamler caught three of four targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Hamler was tied for third in targets with fellow wideout Tim Patrick, behind only Noah Fant and Jerry Jeudy. Jeudy's exit from the contest with a high ankle sprain will likely cause the wide receiver to miss multiple weeks. In his absence, Hamler figures to benefit and will likely be used more in Denver's passing attack. The 2020 second-round pick will have a chance to take a step forward when the Broncos visit the Jaguars in Week 2.

Sep 13, 2021 7:04 AM EST


Ready for Week 1

Hamler is not listed on the Broncos' Week 1 injury report.

Analysis: An illness kept Hamler out of the Broncos' preseason finale, but he's good to go for Sunday's season opener against the Giants, which will mark starting QB Teddy Bridgewater's regular-season debut with the team. Given that the 2020 second-rounder is behind Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy in the team's wideout pecking order, steady weekly volume could be hard to come by for Hamler to start the season, with the capable Tim Patrick also on hand.

Sep 8, 2021 4:17 PM EST



Sits out preseason finale

Hamler (illness) did not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hamler participated in pregame warmups, though ultimately he did not play. That was the expected outcome, and he has now been sidelined with a non-COVID-related illness since Aug. 24. For now, the issue doesn't appear likely to threaten Hamler's availability for Week 1 against the Giants. Assuming he is able to suit up, he's likely to serve as the team's third receiver behind Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy.

Aug 28, 2021 10:26 PM EST


Making case to play Saturday

Hamler (illness) took part in pregame warmups before Saturday's preseason game versus the Rams, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hamler was absent for most of the practices this week, the result of a non-COVID-19 illness. Coach Vic Fangio told Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com on Thursday that Hamler "probably won't play" in the Broncos' exhibition closer. But the second-year wide receiver now appears as if he's attempting to give it a go. If Hamler is cleared to take the field, he likely will join Courtland Sutton (knee) and Jerry Jeudy in three-wide sets.

Aug 28, 2021 5:27 PM EST


Unlikely for Saturday

Hamler (illness) isn't likely to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hamler missed practice all week with a non-COVID illness, though by Thursday he'd at least made enough progress to observe from the sideline. The temporary absence shouldn't be a big factor in his competition with Tim Patrick for the No. 3 receiver role, especially after Hamler caught three passes for 107 yards and two TDs over the first two weeks of the preseason.

Aug 26, 2021 1:46 PM EST


Misses another practice

Hamler (illness) is not practicing Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Hamler is missing a second consecutive practice due to a non-COVID-related illness. As long as the 2020 second-round pick remains sidelined, Tim Patrick will get an opportunity to handle No. 3 receiver reps without competition.

Aug 25, 2021 1:33 PM EST


Managing non-COVID illness

Hamler didn't practice Tuesday due to a non-COVID-related illness, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Hamler appears to be under the weather, so he should be able to make a quick return tot he practice field. The 2020 second-round pick has made the most of his four targets thus far in the preseason with three catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

Aug 24, 2021 4:02 PM EST


Another touchdown Saturday

Hamler secured one of two targets for a two-yard touchdown in the Broncos' 30-3 preseason win over the Seahawks on Saturday night.

Analysis: Hamler made his one catch count, corralling a throw from Teddy Bridgewater on the right side of the end zone to cap off the Broncos' first possession. The second-year wideout had also turned in a spectacular 2-105-1 line in the preseason opener against the Vikings, and if preseason is any indication, Hamler appears ready to build up his relatively modest rookie numbers (30 receptions, 381 yards, three TDs) in 2021.

Aug 22, 2021 6:48 AM EST


Delivers long score

Hamler caught both of his targets for 105 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's game against the Vikings. He also recorded one rush for five yards.

Analysis: Hamler provided the moment of the game when he got behind the Vikings' defense for an 80-yard touchdown on the opening play of the Broncos' second possession. Prior to that, he had also delivered a 25-yard reception on the team's initial drive. It's worth noting that neither Jerry Jeudy nor Courtland Sutton (knee) were heavily involved in the contest, but Hamler showcased plenty of big-play ability in the Broncos' opening preseason contest.

Aug 14, 2021 6:41 PM EST


Viewed as offensive weapon

Broncos GM George Paton said if Hamler can stay healthy, "he's going to be a big-time weapon for us," Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Hamler is currently in a battle for the No. 3 wide receiver spot with fellow wideout Tim Patrick, so Paton's comments shed light on how the team views the 22-year-old entering his second year. The Penn State product saw limited work in 13 games last season, totaling 381 yards on 30 receptions while scoring three touchdowns. Hamler profiles as more of a deep threat for the Broncos offense on account of his speed, but Paton's remarks may hint that the wideout could be used in creative schemes. Regardless, consistent fantasy production may be difficult to sustain for the 5-foot-9, 178-pounder as a member of an impressive group of pass catchers that includes Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy and Noah Fant. Even if Hamler is slotted as the No. 3 wide receiver, he will likely be no more than the fourth option in the Denver passing attack when everyone's healthy.

Aug 12, 2021 1:46 PM EST


Back at practice

Hamler, who had been in the NFL's COVID-19 protocol, returned to practice Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Hamler missed Tuesday's practice, but was able to return in short order. The 2020 second-rounder slots in behind Courtland Sutton (knee) and Jerry Jeudy on the Broncos' depth chart, and now that he's back at practice the stage is set for Hamler and Tim Patrick to compete for the team's No. 3 wide receiver job.

Aug 4, 2021 8:31 AM EST


Enters COVID-19 protocol

Hamler is in the COVID-19 protocol, unable to practice Tuesday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: The second-year wideout has been one of the stars through the first week of Broncos training camp, but he may now miss multiple practices, beginning Tuesday morning. Hamler and Tim Patrick figure to compete for the No. 3 receiver job this summer, behind presumed starters Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy.

Aug 3, 2021 9:26 AM EST


Wednesday exit clarified

Hamler's early exit from practice Wednesday was downplayed by coach Vic Fangio, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. "He just got a little tightness, nothing to worry [about]," Fangio said of the wideout. "A cramp, I believe. But other than that, [he's] fine."

Analysis: Hamler dealt with what the report refers to as a slight hamstring injury this offseason, but it appears as though that issue wasn't the cause of his exit Wednesday, and supporting that notion is that Hamler was in attendance for Thursday's practice, according to Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com. The 2020 second-rounder slots in behind Courtland Sutton (knee) and Jerry Jeudy on Denver's depth chart and figures to compete for complementary looks with Tim Patrick, when the team's top four wideouts are all healthy and available.

Jul 29, 2021 9:47 AM EST


Exits with potential injury

Hamler left Wednesday's practice early with an apparent minor injury, but coach Vic Fangio said he isn't worried, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: It's worth noting even if Fangio isn't concerned, given that Hamler is a speed-dependent wide receiver who battled hamstring injuries for much of his rookie season. He also missed June minicamp with a hamstring issue, but was then declared healthy for the start of training camp. With Courtland Sutton back from an ACL tear and Jerry Jeudy coming off a strong finish to his rookie season, Hamler figures to compete with Tim Patrick for the No. 3 spot at wide receiver. Meanwhile, Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater will compete for the starting QB job.

Jul 28, 2021 12:04 PM EST


Ready for training camp

Coach Vic Fangio said Tuesday that Hamler (hamstring) is healthy and ready for the start of training camp, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Hamler ended his rookie season on injured reserve due to a concussion, but it was a lingering hamstring issue that held him out from June minicamp. It doesn't look like Hamler has had any setbacks in returning to full health, though Fangio saying "we've got to do a great job of keeping [Hamler] healthy" could indicate that the second-year wideout will be eased back into practices. The speedster looks set to compete with Tim Patrick (hamstring) for reps behind top wideouts Courtland Sutton (knee) and Jerry Jeudy.

Jul 27, 2021 10:54 AM EST


Held out of minicamp

Hamler (hamstring) didn't participate in June minicamp, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: The hamstring injury was first reported June 1 and apparently lingered through mid-June, at the very least. It wouldn't normally be a big concern at this time of year, but Hamler previously saw his rookie season marred by hamstring issues, missing part of training camp as well as Weeks 1 and 4 of the regular season. He and Tim Patrick (hamstring) figure to compete for WR snaps behind Courtland Sutton (knee) and Jerry Jeudy.

Jun 29, 2021 2:03 PM EST


Dealing with minor hamstring issue

Hamler was limited in practice on Tuesday due to a "tweaked hamstring" according to coach Vic Fangio, via Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com.

Analysis: The injury doesn't sound like anything serious according to coach Fangio, but the team just wants to be cautious with their second-year wide receiver. Hamler will likely continue to be limited over the next week or so until his hamstring fully recovers. The former Penn State standout will look to breakout after catching 30 of 56 targets for 381 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie.

Jun 1, 2021 10:14 AM EST


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