Denver Broncos stock up and stock down heading into London matchup

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DENVER, COLORADO – OCTOBER 23: KJ Hamler #1 and Russell Wilson #3 of the Denver Broncos during the national anthem before the game against the New York Jets at Empower Field At Mile High on October 23, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

Stock up and stock down on Broncos through seven weeks

Stock down – Russell Wilson

Whatever the cause, Russell Wilson has looked terrible this season.  I do think the main culprit is Nathaniel Hackett, and I’m not worried about Wilson for the future, but he hasn’t played well and is trending downwards.

There really isn’t much more to say.  He has missed open receivers and perhaps isn’t using his legs as much as he should.  He wants to be a pocket passer like the Mannings and Bradys of the world, but his skill set does not allow him to do that consistently.

Stock down – KJ Hamler

KJ Hamler was a poor use of a high second-round pick back in the 2020 NFL Draft, and it might end in him being dealt before the deadline.  Hamler has caught a handful of passes this year and has been injured a bit.

The idea of him being Russ’ new Tyler Lockett in Denver didn’t come close to happening.  Perhaps a reason is that the quarterbacks haven’t looked his way, but maybe Hamler isn’t as good as some think.  I think it’s wise to trade him and get what you can because I don’t see how Hamler fits on the Broncos anymore.

Stock down – The entire offensive line

The Broncos offensive line had a nice day against the Jets, keeping Brett Rypien mostly clean, but the total product has been pathetic.  New offensive line coach Butch Barry has overseen a massive decline in the unit as a whole.

Outside of Quinn Meinerz, I think everyone else on the line is easily replaceable in 2023.  Dalton Risner and Lloyd Cushenberry have looked especially bad in 2022.  Cameron Fleming is playing the way he’s always played as a backup/spot-starter player.

Billy Turner is finally getting on the field and I guess he looks OK.  The Calvin Anderson experience appears to be over, as Fleming got the nod at LT on Sunday instead of Anderson, and his competition at RT did not lead to anything.