Denver Broncos: 6 Biggest surprises so far in 2019

Sayre Bedinger
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 3: A.J. Johnson #45 of the Denver Broncos carries the U.S. flag onto the field next to a service member in recognition of Veteran's Day during player introductions before a game against the Cleveland Browns at Empower Field at Mile High on November 3, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 3: A.J. Johnson #45 of the Denver Broncos carries the U.S. flag onto the field next to a service member in recognition of Veteran's Day during player introductions before a game against the Cleveland Browns at Empower Field at Mile High on November 3, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
2 of 7
Next
DENVER, CO – AUGUST 19: Wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton #17 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after a reception for a first down as free safety D.J. Reed #32 and linebacker Dre Greenlaw #57 of the San Francisco 49ers look on during the second quarter of a preseason game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on August 19, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – AUGUST 19: Wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton #17 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after a reception for a first down as free safety D.J. Reed #32 and linebacker Dre Greenlaw #57 of the San Francisco 49ers look on during the second quarter of a preseason game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on August 19, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

Surprise 1: DaeSean Hamilton’s slow start

Prior to the 2019 season, some felt like Hamilton was primed to be a target eater in the Broncos’ offense, but he’s been anything but that so far this season.

It’s not all Hamilton’s fault as the Broncos’ passing game has been about as dysfunctional as you could draw up through nine games, but in nine games, Hamilton has been targeted just 23 times and has only 11 catches to show for it.

There have been three different games this season where Hamilton has not been targeted even once, and another pair of games where he was targeted only once or twice.

This is despite playing over 63 percent of the offensive snaps for the Broncos so far this season, so what gives?

Is Hamilton not getting open? Are the Broncos just not prioritizing getting him the football?

Hamilton obviously excels out of the slot and after the catch, so perhaps the Broncos would be wise to start scheming him some plays. They’re going to need someone to take pressure off of Courtland Sutton, who is the clear WR1 on this team.

Hamilton is not a dynamic speed guy, but he’s quick and has good hands.

Although Hamilton was only a fourth-round pick, he’s too talented to just fall by the wayside. Hopefully, he will make a statement in the final seven games of this season.

facebooktwitterreddit