Broncos should call these receivers after KJ Hamler’s injury

Denver Broncos free agent possibilities - John Brown. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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Denver Broncos wide receiver KJ Hamler. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Broncos may need to call on some reinforcements at the wide receiver position after KJ Hamler’s latest injury.

The Denver Broncos got another victory to improve to 3-0 on the young 2021 season. However, like the previous two games, the third victory once again came at a cost.

This time, the Broncos might be without young receiver KJ Hamler just two weeks after losing Jerry Jeudy to an ankle injury.

Hamler tried to come down with a ball against the New York Jets and wound up landing awkwardly on his left leg, and he bent his knee in a way that you never want to see anyone bend their knee. It was ugly enough that the CBS broadcast crew opted not to replay it for fans watching at home because of the fact that it was too tough to watch.

With all of that being said, the initial prognosis on Hamler appears to be at least somewhat positive.

Denver Broncos may need to scour free agency for WR help

As the Denver Broncos await the results of the MRI for Hamler, general manager George Paton should be working the phone lines to potentially make an addition (or two) at the wide receiver position.

This is the exact scenario that prompted an article I wrote recently about why the team should consider signing recently reinstated wide receiver Josh Gordon.

With Hamler injured, the Denver Broncos are now just one Courtland Sutton or Tim Patrick injury away from being really desperate at the receiver position.

It’s not like we’re already 12 games into the season, either. The Broncos have a chance right now to add depth to a position that was thankfully deep to begin with, but that depth is now being tested.

Hamler’s injury forced Diontae Spencer into more extensive action, and with all due respect to Spencer, that’s not a position the Broncos want to find their offense in.

There are some receivers available, though it doesn’t seem that George Paton is as likely to go the veteran route as he is the practice squad or in-house route. An injury to Hamler on top of an injury to Jerry Jeudy could prompt him to look for a veteran, however.

We’ll know soon enough.

Here are some names the Broncos and George Paton might consider.