KJ Hamler

KJ Hamler

23-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Denver Broncos
Questionable
Injury Pectoral
Est. Return 8/1/2023
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Hamler enters the 2023 campaign with a litany of health concerns that have plagued the start of his career. The 23-year-old missed most of the 2021 season due to an ACL tear, and the issues continued in 2022 when he dealt with a hamstring injury that ended his season early. Additionally, Hamler underwent surgery this offseason to repair a partially torn pectoral. That said, the speedster has elite field-stretching ability when healthy. The Broncos offense could take a step forward under new head coach Sean Payton, and Hamler could make an impact if he can stay on the field as the fourth option at receiver. The addition of rookie Marvin Mims, however, could eat into Hamler's already limited workload. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $7.14 million contract with the Broncos in July of 2020.
Has partially torn pectoral repaired
WRDenver Broncos
Pectoral
March 23, 2023
Hamler recently underwent surgery to repair a partially torn pectoral that he sustained while training on his own, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
ANALYSIS
The report notes that Hamler's recovery timeline is in the 4-to-6-month range, a scenario that gives the wideout a chance to be ready as soon as the start of training camp in late July. Hamler's 2022 season was cut short by a hamstring issue that landed him on IR, and the 2020 second-rounder now will have to move past his latest injury setback in order to compete for a role in 2023 in a Denver wideout corps that also includes fellow returnees Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick (knee). In seven games last season, Hamler was limited to seven catches for 165 yards.
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How do KJ Hamler's 2022 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
51.7
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.68
 
% Team Air Yards
7.9%
 
% Team Targets
2.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
24.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
50.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.6
 
% Targeted On Route
9.4%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.11
 
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#% of Team Snaps

83477%
68163%
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21520%
10310%
757%
717%
686%
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do KJ Hamler's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 9"
 
Weight
178 lbs
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
9.38 in
 
Arm Length
30.75 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2022
2021
2020
With Russell Wilson's arrival lifting the potential of all Denver pass catchers, Hamler seems destined to see a boost to his role in the 2022 season, especially with fellow wideout Tim Patrick having suffered a season-ending knee injury in training camp. How much of a boost remains to be seen, as Hamler is currently behind Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy on the depth chart and is coming off a torn ACL suffered at the end of September last season. The speedy wideout's ability to stretch the field should be an attractive quality for Wilson, but it is unclear if Hamler will have a path to steady volume when both Sutton and Jerry Jeudy are available. On the plus side, Hamler should be at or near full strength by Week 1.
The Broncos are a strange team - they're loaded with receiving depth but have one of the worst QB situations in the league. Last year's 46th overall pick, Hamler is part of that depth, as he slots behind Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick. At 5-9, 181, Hamler is tiny, but he can fly - he was expected to run a sub 4.3 40 before a hamstring injury kept him out of the 2020 combine. Expect Hamler to serve as a field-stretcher and an option on gadget plays, but it's hard to see someone with his frame generating high volume, especially in such a crowded receiving corps that includes rising TE Noah Fant. Meanwhile, Teddy Bridgewater enters Week 1 as the starting quarterback, a likely weakness for the Broncos.
Denver double-dipped at receiver during the first two rounds of the draft, selecting Hamler in the second round after taking Jerry Jeudy in the first. Hamler led Penn State in receiving yards in each of his two seasons on campus and was expected to run a sub-4.3 40-yard-dash at the combine before injuring his hamstring. His potential as a deep threat and on trick plays should earn him some early snaps at WR3, though his immediate value might be as a decoy rather than game-breaker.
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Done for season
WRDenver Broncos
Hamstring
December 9, 2022
Hamler (hamstring) won't play again during the 2022 season after he was placed on injured reserve last week due to a setback experienced in practice, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
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Shifted to IR after setback
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Hamstring
December 3, 2022
Hamler (hamstring) was moved to injured reserve Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Out indefinitely after setback
WRDenver Broncos
Hamstring
December 1, 2022
Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett said Hamler will be sidelined for an indefinite period of time after suffering a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury during Wednesday's practice, Parker Gabriel of The Denver Post reports. "We're still evaluating everything right now," Hackett said, when asked if Hamler will play again this season. "Obviously his care is our No. 1 priority, so we want to be sure we're doing everything to help him get back."
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Not practicing
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Hamstring
November 30, 2022
Hamler (hamstring) won't practice Wednesday, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
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Ruled out against Panthers
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Hamstring
November 25, 2022
Hamler (hamstring) won't play Sunday against the Panthers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
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