K.J. Hamler

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

K.J. Hamler News

Not participating in Day 1 of OTAs

Hamler (knee) is at Day 1 of Denver's OTAs, but he is not participating, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Hamler torn his left ACL at the end of September last season, but there's been numerous reports that the 2020 second-round wideout is well ahead of schedule heading into the 2022 campaign. Regardless, the Broncos are likely to be extremely cautious with the Penn State product to avoid any potential setback. With Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick all ahead of him on the depth chart, Hamler faces an uphill battle to fantasy relevancy, but it remains to be seen how Denver's new QB Russell Wilson will divvy out targets. If healthy, the 22-year-old speedster could carve out a sizable role in the Broncos' new-look offense during the 2022 campaign.

May 23, 2022 11:45 AM EST

Ahead of schedule

GM George Paton relayed Friday that Hamler is "well ahead of schedule" in his recovery from a torn left ACL, The Athletic's Nick Kosmider reports.

Analysis: The report adds that Hamler, who sustained his injury back on Sept. 26, has progressed to the point that he was able to run routes and catch passes from Denver's new QB Russell Wilson last month. While it remains to be seen when Hamler will be able to practice without restriction, the 2020 second-rounder noted "I expect myself to be ready before the season." Given that the Broncos also roster Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick, there's not a clear path for a high volume or targets for Hamler as the 2022 campaign approaches, but considering the team's major upgrade at quarterback, the 22-year-old speedster could carve out fantasy utility down the road if presented with added opportunities if/when injuries hit Denver's wideout corps.

Apr 25, 2022 8:51 AM EST

No longer on crutches

Hamler (knee) is no longer on crutches and is walking around on his own Monday, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Hamler isn't expected to return this season after being diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee. However, it's a good sign that the 2020 second-round pick is making progress during his rehab. It's still not clear if the 22-year-old will be able to return by the start of training camp in 2022.

Nov 22, 2021 1:32 PM EST

Goes on IR

Denver placed Hamler (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Hamler's move to IR was a foregone conclusion after he was diagnosed with a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee following his departure from Sunday's win over the Jets. He'll wrap up his second pro campaign with five receptions for 74 yards on 10 targets across 87 snaps in his three games. Denver signed David Moore off the Raiders' practice squad to provide some extra depth at receiver while Hamler and Jerry Jeudy (ankle) reside on IR.

Sep 28, 2021 1:49 PM EST

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

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