K.J. Hamler, Wide Receiver
K.J. Hamler’s career in Denver has been short and mostly disappointing. Entering the final year of his rookie contract, he must produce if he wants to stick around.
Hamler has played in a total of 10 games in the last two seasons and he has come nowhere close to living up to being a second-round pick. He’s running out of time to do so.
But much like the running back position, there will be room for a wide receiver to step up in 2023 as well.
Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton will be the top two receivers on the depth chart but behind them, there is an opportunity to be had.
Tim Patrick will be coming back from a season-ending injury and the other guys on the roster are undrafted or unproven players.
Hamler was seen as Wilson’s deep threat following last spring’s big trade, much, in the same way, Tyler Lockett was when Wilson was with the Seahawks. Instead, Wilson and Hamler hooked up just six times all season.
Payton should be able to get more out of Hamler, so long as he can stay healthy. Payton’s offenses were always charged by one of the league’s top passing games in which Drew Brees would spread the ball around to a variety of players. And the deep ball is always a threat and Wilson might throw it better than anyone.
If Hamler is ever going to be anything in Denver, or perhaps even the entire NFL, it will happen this coming season.