K.J. Hamler

K.J. Hamler

Wide Receiver #13
Team: Denver Broncos
Ht / Wt:5'9" / 178 lb.
College:Penn State
Born:July 8, 1999
Drafted:2020 / Rd. 2 (46)
Draft Team:DEN

K.J. Hamler: Has up-and-down rookie campaign

Hamler caught 30 of 56 passes for 381 yards for three touchdowns during the 2020 campaign. He added 40 yards on nine carries.

Analysis: Hamler was the second receiver the Broncos selected in the 2020 draft, but arguably had some bigger moments than first-round pick Jerry Jeudy. Hamler caught the last-second game-winner against the Chargers and went deep twice against the Panthers. Though his highs were at times higher than Jeudy's, his lows were lower. Despite the flack Jeudy caught (or didn't catch) with his drop issues in 2020, Hamler actually had the higher drop percentage. His 12.5% drop rate was third worst in the league. He also struggled with a hamstring injury early in the year and missed most of the final two games of the season with a concussion. Hamler probably got more action than the team expected heading into the season with Courtland Sutton going down early with an ACL tear. Look for him to better find is groove in 2021.

January 13, 2021 7:28 PM EST

K.J. Hamler: Will finish season on IR

Hamler (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Hamler was already ruled out for the season finale against Las Vegas, so this move was made to open a roster spot. The rookie second-round pick finished the 2020 season with 30 receptions (on 56 targets) for 381 yards and three touchdowns over 13 games.

January 2, 2021 12:51 PM EST

K.J. Hamler: Out this weekend

Hamler (concussion) won't play Sunday against the Raiders, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: With Hamler ruled out for Denver's season finale, DaeSean Hamilton is in line for an uptick in snaps and targets at wide receiver in Week 17 alongside Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick. Hamler, a 2020 second-rounder thus concludes his rookie campaign with 30 catches (on 56 targets) for 381 yards and three TDs in 13 games. Next season, he'll remain part of the nucleus of the team's wideout corps along with Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton, who'll be bouncing back from a knee injury that landed him on IR in September.

January 1, 2021 10:02 AM EST

K.J. Hamler: Misses practice again

Hamler (concussion) remained sidelined at practice Thursday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: If Hamler isn't medically cleared in advance of Sunday's game against the Raiders, DaeSean Hamilton would be in line for an uptick in snaps/targets at wide receiver this weekend alongside Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick.

December 31, 2020 12:00 PM EST

K.J. Hamler: Set to miss practice

Hamler (concussion) won't practice Wednesday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: If Hamler isn't cleared for Sunday's game against the Raiders, DaeSean Hamilton would be in line for added Week 17 wideout snaps alongside Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick.

December 30, 2020 9:04 AM EST

K.J. Hamler: Leaves Sunday's game

Hamler exited Sunday's game against the Chargers with a possible concussion, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Prior to leaving the game, Hamler didn't catch a pass, but he did rush once for three yards. Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick remain on hand to head Denver's Week 16 wideout corps.

December 27, 2020 1:31 PM EST

K.J. Hamler: Crashes back to earth

Hamler caught one of four targets for four yards in Sunday's 48-19 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Hamler enjoyed a breakout in Week 14 against the Panthers when he caught two passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns. The rookie second-round pick couldn't replicate that success, finishing with fewer than 25 receiving yards for the sixth time this season.

December 22, 2020 1:06 PM EST

K.J. Hamler: Collects pair of long TDs

Hamler caught two of three targets for 86 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 32-27 win against Carolina.

Analysis: Hamler wasn't a high-volume target within the Broncos' passing attack Sunday, but he cashed in on limited opportunity by notching two second-half touchdowns of 37-plus yards. The Penn State product had been seldom capable of finding the end zone coming into Week 14, tallying just one TD over the first 10 appearances of his NFL career. Given Hamler's game-breaking speed, Drew Lock's willingness to throw deep balls could provide for a seamless match if the two can continue to build chemistry over time.

December 13, 2020 4:13 PM EST

K.J. Hamler: Fourth-quarter drop proves costly

Hamler caught two of his five targets for 16 yards, adding two rushes for 13 yards during Sunday night's 22-16 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Not including the Kendall Hinton experiment Week 12 against New Orleans, Kamler has posted multiple receptions in each of his six outings since Oct. 25. Drops continue to be an issue, however, as the second-round rookie has already posted six on the 2020 campaign. Hamler's third-down drop near midfield with 6:13 to go in the fourth quarter hurt Denver dearly, as the Broncos only received possession once more, ultimately proving unable to score given 64 seconds and no timeouts from the team's own 25-yard line.

December 8, 2020 4:30 PM EST

K.J. Hamler: Loses yardage. in loss

Hamler lost eight total yards on two carries during Sunday's 31-3 loss to New Orleans.

Analysis: Hamler was not targeted in Sunday's contest as the Broncos attempted just nine passes with rookie wide receiver Kendall Hinton forced in at quarterback. The Broncos tried to utilize Hamler's elusiveness in the jet-sweep game, but New Orleans had little reason to bite without the threat of a pass. The good news for Hamler is that Drew Lock, who had connected with Hamler on 14 passes in the previous three weeks, will be back in the lineup Sunday night against the Chiefs. The bad news is that Hamler was limited to 34 total yards and fumbled twice during Week 7's snowy meeting.

December 1, 2020 3:56 PM EST

K.J. Hamler: Collects four receptions

Hamler caught four of six targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 20-13 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: After three straight weeks of playing more than 75 percent of the snaps on offense, Hamler curiously logged just 58 percent of the snaps in Sunday's win. His decrease in usage was likely related to Drew Lock's protection as he played through a rib injury because the Broncos opted for more two tight-end sets than usual. The rookie second-round pick still managed to put up a decent day despite the limited usage. He now has 14 receptions for 140 yards through the last three games.

November 24, 2020 1:43 PM EST

K.J. Hamler: Leads team in targts

Hamler caught four of 10 targets for 50 yards during Sunday's loss in Las Vegas.

Analysis: Hamler kicked Denver's offense into gear in the closing minute of the first half, coming across the middle and turning up field for a 27-yard gain that helped put the Broncos in striking distance right before the half. Hamler was hampered by a hamstring injury through training camp and into the season and was averaging a respectable 4.5 targets per game in his first four outings of the year. The rookie out of Penn State has now been targeted 10 times in each of the last two weeks as his speed has sometimes been too much for the CB3s he often draws. The Broncos haven't yet been able to make Hamler a consistent deep threat, but his ability to take short passes and quickly head up field should be helpful against a Miami defense that is unlikely to let the Broncos sit too long in the pocket.

November 17, 2020 6:06 AM EST

K.J. Hamler: Double-digit targets at Atlanta

Hamler secured six of 10 targets for 75 receiving yards during Sunday's 34-27 loss to the Falcons. He also registered a 15-yard rush on his lone carry.

Analysis: Hamler eclipsed his previous career high in targets by three, also doubling his pre-existing best of three receptions during Sunday's defeat. Though Tim Patrick did score one of two wide receiver TDs while nearly equaling Hamler with nine targets of his own, the rookie proved to be significantly more explosive with his 12.5 yards-per-catch average. Hamler and Patrick fit in as the second and third options at WR behind Jerry Jeudy heading into the Broncos Week 10 matchup against the Raiders' 25th-ranked pass defense.

November 8, 2020 7:33 PM EST

K.J. Hamler: Snags game winner

Hamler caught all three of his targets for 13 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-30 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Following a pass-interference penalty against the Chargers, the Broncos had one second to complete the comeback. Drew Lock rolled out and when the defender came up to defend against the keeper, Hamler came open along the sideline for a a one-yard score. The rookie second-rounder has struggled to establish himself this season with recurring hamstring injuries and a revolving door at quarterback. Sunday might have been Hamler's chance to turn the corner. The next step in his development will be to emerge as the deep threat the Broncos drafted him to be. Next week's matchup could be a good opportunity to get there as the Falcons rank fifth worst in the league in yards per opponent catch, surrendering 12.2 yards per reception.

November 1, 2020 7:52 PM EST

K.J. Hamler: Snares two passes in blowout loss

Hamler corralled two of three targets for 24 receiving yards during Sunday's 43-16 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Though Denver was unable to generate a single passing touchdown Week 7, it was at least a balanced attack, with eight different Broncos contributing two or more receptions. Hamler made his first contribution on the final play of the second quarter, registering a 21-yard catch-and-run as time expired in the first half. The Penn State product was otherwise held quiet in what was his first appearance since aggravating a hamstring injury Oct. 1. Having made it through the contest with no issue, he's seemingly ready to go for a Week 8 matchup against the Chargers' No. 23 pass defense.

October 27, 2020 5:13 PM EST

K.J. Hamler: Ready to rock

Hamler (hamstring) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Hamler is set to return to the field for the first time since Week 4, when he aggravated a hamstring injury that plagued him dating back to training camp. The rookie second-round pick stands to be in the mix as Denver's third wide receiver behind Tim Patrick and Jerry Jeudy.

October 23, 2020 12:36 PM EST

K.J. Hamler: Limited again Thursday

Hamler (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Hamler was unable to increase his activity level from Wednesday, but the Broncos are still seemingly encouraged with how he's progressed from the hamstring injury that has sidelined him since Week 4. According to DiLalla, head coach Vic Fangio said earlier Thursday that Hamler hasn't suffered any setbacks with the injury, leaving the door open for the rookie to return to the lineup Sunday against the Chiefs. The Broncos will decide whether Hamler carries a designation into the contest after Friday's practice concludes.

October 22, 2020 2:36 PM EST

K.J. Hamler: Officially limited Wednesday

Hamler (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Hamler's limited listing was expected after he was spotted on the field during the portion of practice that was open to the media. Since Hamler hasn't played since exiting the Broncos' Week 4 win over the Jets on Oct. 1 with the hamstring injury, he'll likely need to upgrade to full participation Thursday or Friday to avoid a designation heading into Sunday's game against the Chiefs. If cleared to play this weekend, Hamler should supplant DaeSean Hamilton for a regular spot alongside Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick in three-receiver formations.

October 22, 2020 8:53 AM EST

K.J. Hamler: Back at practice Wednesday

Hamler (hamstring) is participating in Wednesday's practice, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Hamler was spotted stretching at the early portion of practice, and an official word on his activity level will come when the Broncos' first injury report is released Wednesday afternoon. It seems like the rookie second-round pick's hamstring injury will restrict his reps and lead to a 'limited' designation, but that would nonetheless represent a tangible step in the right direction. Hamler will look to continue ramping up his workload with an eye on retaking the field versus the Chiefs on Sunday.

October 21, 2020 11:16 AM EST

K.J. Hamler: Could return Week 7

Coach Vic Fangio said Monday that Hamler (hamstring) could return for Sunday's game versus the Chiefs, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Hamler's hamstring kept him out of the season opener and the Week 6 win over the Patriots, but there's a chance he could return to the lineup this Sunday. If he's able to shake off the injury in time, the rookie second-rounder likely will line up as the No. 3 wideout behind Tim Patrick and Jerry Jeudy, and he could be pushed further down in the pecking order if tight end Noah Fant (ankle) also returns. We'll have a better idea of Hamler's status when practices start up Wednesday, and the speedy wideout is worth keeping an eye on with the Broncos' target shares still ambiguous.

October 19, 2020 12:15 PM EST

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