5 Denver Broncos players we’re desperate for more of after the bye

Denver Broncos, KJ Hamler - Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 30, 2022; London, United Kingdom; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) celebrates with wide receiver KJ Hamler (1) as ESPN sideline reporter Laura Rutledge watches after an NFL International Series game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium. The Bronco defeated the Jaguars 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

5. KJ Hamler, WR

We need to see more productivity from the Denver Broncos offense, in general, after the bye week, but one specific player on that side of the ball whose role needs to increase substantially is wide receiver KJ Hamler.

The Broncos have playmakers and weapons in their arsenal offensively. The issue this season has been whether or not Russell Wilson can find those receivers, and whether the Broncos are even really scheming these guys touches. At this point — eight games into the season, mind you — Hamler has a whopping total of nine touches. One touch per week for one of your most explosive playmakers? I get that Hamler is coming off of a devastating knee injury a year ago, but my goodness.

That is malpractice if I’ve ever seen it. KJ Hamler has proven in recent weeks that his speed has not gone anywhere. He’s getting behind the defense, and he’s able to make plays deep downfield. The Broncos finally got him involved more against the Jaguars but we need more than that.

Hamler’s development this season could be crucial to the overall success of the offense, because his ability to take the top off the defense and his ability to create after the catch or in space as a runner could create offense where there is none for the Broncos.

It’s not that Hamler needs to come out of the bye week as the Denver Broncos WR1, but the fact that he has just nine touches this year says everything you need to know. He doesn’t get the ball enough, and that’s got to change.