Hamler, who had been in the NFL's COVID-19 protocol, returned to practice Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Hamler missed Tuesday's practice, but was able to return in short order. The 2020 second-rounder slots in behind Courtland Sutton (knee) and Jerry Jeudy on the Broncos' depth chart, and now that he's back at practice the stage is set for Hamler and Tim Patrick to compete for the team's No. 3 wide receiver job.
Hamler is in the COVID-19 protocol and won't practice Tuesday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
The second-year wideout has been one of the stars through the first week of the Broncos' training camp, but he may now miss multiple practices, beginning Tuesday morning. Hamler and Tim Patrick figure to compete for the No. 3 receiver job this summer behind presumed starters Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy.
Hamler's early exit from practice Wednesday was downplayed by coach Vic Fangio, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. "He just got a little tightness, nothing to worry [about]," Fangio said of the wideout. "A cramp, I believe. But other than that, [he's] fine."
Hamler dealt with what the report refers to as a slight hamstring injury this offseason, but it appears as though that issue wasn't the cause of his exit Wednesday. Supporting that notion is that Hamler was in attendance for Thursday's practice, according to Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com. The 2020 second-rounder slots in behind Courtland Sutton (knee) and Jerry Jeudy on Denver's depth chart and figures to compete for complementary looks with Tim Patrick when the team's top four wideouts are all healthy and available.
Hamler left Wednesday's practice early with an apparent minor injury, but head coach Vic Fangio said he isn't worried, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
As a speed-dependent wide receiver who battled hamstring injuries for much of his rookie season, Hamler's early exit is notable, even if Fangio isn't concerned. Hamler also missed June minicamp with a hamstring issue, but was then declared healthy for the start of training camp. With Courtland Sutton (knee) back from an ACL tear and Jerry Jeudy coming off a strong finish to his rookie season, Hamler will compete with Tim Patrick for the No. 3 spot at wide receiver. Meanwhile, Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater will compete for the starting quarterback job.
Hamler (hamstring) is healthy and ready for the start of training camp, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Hamler ended his rookie season on injured reserve due to a concussion, but it was a lingering hamstring issue that held him out from June minicamp. It doesn't look like Hamler has had any setbacks in returning to full health, though coach Vic Fangio saying Tuesday that "we've got to do a great job of keeping [Hamler] healthy" could indicate that the second-year wideout will be eased back into practices. The speedster looks set to compete with Tim Patrick (hamstring) for reps behind top wideouts Courtland Sutton (knee) and Jerry Jeudy.
Hamler (hamstring) didn't participate in June minicamp, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
The hamstring injury was first reported June 1 and apparently lingered through mid-June, at the very least. It wouldn't normally be a big concern at this time of year, but Hamler previously saw his rookie season marred by hamstring issues, missing part of training camp as well as Weeks 1 and 4 of the regular season. He and Tim Patrick (hamstring) figure to compete for WR snaps behind Courtland Sutton (knee) and Jerry Jeudy.
Hamler was limited in practice Tuesday due to what coach Vic Fangio called a "tweaked hamstring", Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
The injury doesn't seem serious according to Fangio, but the team wants to be cautious with its second-year wide receiver. Hamler will likely continue to be limited over the next week or so until his hamstring fully recovers. The former Penn State standout will look to break out after catching 30 of 56 targets for 381 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie.
Hamler caught 30 of 56 targets for 381 yards for three touchdowns while adding 40 yards on nine carries in 13 games during his rookie season.
Hamler was the second receiver the Broncos selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, but he arguably had some bigger moments than first-round pick Jerry Jeudy. The Penn State product's top highlights came Week 8 -- when he caught the game-winning touchdown against the Chargers -- and Week 14, when he scored twice against the Panthers. On the negative side, drops and injuries were an issue for the rookie. His 12.5 percent drop rate was third-worst mark in the league, and he struggled with a hamstring injury early in the year and missed most of the final two games of the season with a concussion. Hamler was pressed into more work than the Broncos likely expected after Courtland Sutton (knee) was sidelined for the season after Week 1, but Sutton's return to full health ahead of the 2021 season could push Hamler down to fourth on the depth chart at receiver.
Hamler (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Hamler was already ruled out for the season finale against Las Vegas, so this move was made to open a roster spot. The rookie second-round pick finished the 2020 season with 30 receptions (on 56 targets) for 381 yards and three touchdowns over 13 games.
Hamler (concussion) won't play Sunday against the Raiders, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
With Hamler ruled out for Denver's season finale, DaeSean Hamilton should be in line for an uptick in snaps and targets at wide receiver in Week 17 alongside starters Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick. Hamler, meanwhile, concludes his rookie campaign with 30 catches (on 56 targets) for 381 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games.
Hamler (concussion) remained sidelined at practice Thursday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
If Hamler isn't medically cleared in advance of Sunday's game against the Raiders, DaeSean Hamilton would be in line for an uptick in snaps and targets at wide receiver this weekend alongside Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick.
Hamler (concussion) won't practice Wednesday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
If Hamler doesn't clear the five-step concussion protocol ahead of Sunday's game against the Raiders, DaeSean Hamilton would be in line for added snaps at receiver alongside starters Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick.
Hamler exited Sunday's game against the Chargers due to a concussion, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com
Prior to leaving the game, Hamler didn't catch a pass, but he did rush once for three yards. Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick remain on hand to head Denver's Week 16 wideout corps.
Hamler caught one of four targets for four yards in Sunday's 48-19 loss to the Bills.
Hamler enjoyed a breakout in Week 14 against the Panthers when he caught two passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns. The rookie second-round pick couldn't replicate that success, finishing with fewer than 25 receiving yards for the sixth time this season.
Hamler caught two of three targets for 86 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 32-27 win against Carolina.
Hamler wasn't a high-volume target within the Broncos' passing attack Sunday, but he cashed in on limited opportunity by notching two second-half touchdowns of 37-plus yards. The Penn State product had been seldom capable of finding the end zone coming into Week 14, tallying just one TD over the first 10 appearances of his NFL career. Given Hamler's game-breaking speed, Drew Lock's willingness to throw deep balls could provide for a seamless match if the two can continue to build chemistry over time.
Hamler caught two of his five targets for 16 yards, adding two rushes for 13 yards during Sunday night's 22-16 loss to Kansas City.
Not including the Kendall Hinton experiment Week 12 against New Orleans, Hamler has posted multiple receptions in each of his six outings since Oct. 25. Drops continue to be an issue, however, as the second-round rookie has already posted six on the 2020 campaign. Hamler's third-down drop near midfield with 6:13 to go in the fourth quarter hurt Denver dearly, as the Broncos only received one more possession, ultimately proving unable to score given 64 seconds and no timeouts from the team's own 25-yard line. Hamler stands with 27 receptions, 291 yards and a touchdown on the season, as the Broncos travel to Carolina in Week 14.
Hamler lost eight total yards on two carries during Sunday's 31-3 loss to New Orleans.
Hamler was not targeted in Sunday's contest as the Broncos attempted just nine passes with rookie wide receiver Kendall Hinton forced in at quarterback. The Broncos tried to utilize Hamler's elusiveness in the jet-sweep game, but New Orleans had little reason to bite without the threat of a pass. The good news for Hamler is that Drew Lock, who had connected with Hamler on 14 passes in the previous three weeks, will be back in the lineup Sunday night against the Chiefs. The bad news is that Hamler was limited to 34 total yards and fumbled twice during Week 7's snowy meeting.
Hamler caught four of six targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 20-13 win over the Dolphins.
After three straight weeks of playing more than 75 percent of the snaps on offense, Hamler curiously logged just 58 percent of the snaps in Sunday's win. His decrease in usage was likely related to Drew Lock's protection as he played through a rib injury because the Broncos opted for more two tight-end sets than usual. The rookie second-round pick still managed to put up a decent day despite the limited usage. He now has 14 receptions for 140 yards through the last three games.
Hamler caught four of 10 targets for 50 yards during Sunday's loss in Las Vegas.
Hamler kicked Denver's offense into gear in the closing minute of the first half, coming across the middle and turning up field for a 27-yard gain that helped put the Broncos in striking distance right before the half. Hamler was hampered by a hamstring injury through training camp and into the season and was averaging a respectable 4.5 targets per game in his first four outings of the year. The rookie out of Penn State has now been targeted 10 times in each of the last two weeks as his speed has sometimes been too much for the corners he often draws. The Broncos haven't yet been able to make Hamler a consistent deep threat, but his ability to take short passes and quickly head up field should be helpful against a Miami defense that is unlikely to let Denver's quarterback, whether it's Drew Lock (ribs) or Brett Rypien, sit too long in the pocket.
Hamler secured six of 10 targets for 75 receiving yards during Sunday's 34-27 loss to the Falcons. He also registered a 15-yard rush on his lone carry.
Hamler eclipsed his previous career high in targets by three, also doubling his pre-existing best of three receptions during Sunday's defeat. Though Tim Patrick did score one of two wide receiver TDs while nearly equaling Hamler with nine targets of his own, the rookie proved to be significantly more explosive with his 12.5 yards-per-catch average. Hamler and Patrick fit in as the second and third options at WR behind Jerry Jeudy heading into the Broncos' Week 10 matchup against the Raiders' 25th-ranked pass defense.
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|2||Sun 09/20||@ PIT||L 21-26||3||48||16.0||18||0|
|3||Sun 09/27||vs TB||L 10-28||3||30||10.0||17||0|
|4||Thu 10/01||@ NYJ||W 37-28||0||0||-||-||0|
|7||Sun 10/25||vs KC||L 16-43||2||24||12.0||21||0|
|8||Sun 11/01||vs LAC||W 31-30||3||13||4.3||7||1|
|9||Sun 11/08||@ ATL||L 27-34||6||75||12.5||36||0|
|10||Sun 11/15||@ LV||L 12-37||4||50||12.5||27||0|
|11||Sun 11/22||vs MIA||W 20-13||4||35||8.8||16||0|
|12||Sun 11/29||vs NO||L 3-31||0||0||-||-||0|
|13||Sun 12/06||@ KC||L 16-22||2||16||8.0||8||0|
|14||Sun 12/13||@ CAR||W 32-27||2||86||43.0||49||2|
|15||Sat 12/19||vs BUF||L 19-48||1||4||4.0||4||0|
|16||Sun 12/27||@ LAC||L 16-19||0||0||-||-||0|
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