KJ Hamler

KJ Hamler

25-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Buffalo Bills
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Hamler joined the Bills on a reserve/future contract in January after spending three years with the Broncos. Injuries and health concerns were an issue for the receiver. After playing 13 games as a rookie, Hamler played in 10 of 34 possible games the past two seasons. In 2020, Hamler caught 30 passes for 381 yards and three touchdowns with five receptions of over 20 yards. The receiver was showing the ability to win downfield when he began his career. It will be difficult for Hamler to crack the top-four on the Buffalo wide receiver depth chart. That said, if the veteran is able to get on the field with some regularity, Josh Allen certainly has the ability to unlock Hamler’s downfield ability. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Bills in January of 2024.
Joins Bills on reserve/future deal
WRBuffalo Bills
January 20, 2024
The Bills signed Hamler (undisclosed) to a reserve/future contract Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
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Hamler was placed on the Colts' practice squad injured list Dec. 1 with an undisclosed injury. His practice squad contract with Indianapolis ended Monday and he now joins the Bills later in the week. Hamler won't be eligible to play in the postseason, but he will have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot in Buffalo next season.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
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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
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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.
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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Placed on injured list
WRFree Agent
Undisclosed
December 1, 2023
The Colts placed Hamler (undisclosed) on the practice squad injured list Friday.
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Joins practice squad
WRFree Agent
September 30, 2023
Hamler (pectoral/pericarditis) signed with the Colts' practice squad Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Visits with Colts
WRFree Agent
Pectoral
September 12, 2023
Hamler (pectoral/pericarditis) had a visit with the Colts on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.
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Could return in six weeks
WRFree Agent
Pectoral
August 1, 2023
Broncos coach Sean Payton said Tuesday that Hamler (pectoral/pericarditis) could return in around six weeks, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
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Officially let go, expected back
WRFree Agent
Pectoral
July 31, 2023
The Broncos officially waived Hamler (pectoral) with a non-football illness designation Monday, Chris Tomasson of The Denver Gazette reports.
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Could return to Denver
WRFree Agent
July 31, 2023
Hamler was waived by the Broncos on Monday with a non-football illness designation, but he could return to the team later in the year, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
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Denver suffered a serious blow to its wideout depth Monday, as Tim Patrick also suffered what's feared to be a season-ending Achilles injury, so the team needed roster spots to bring in reinforcements. Hamler was already on the active/non-football injury list in training camp as he completed his recovery from March pectoral surgery, but a pericarditis diagnosis has now complicated the timeline for his return. The fourth-year receiver is still expected to be sidelined for only weeks and not months, however, and waiving him now gives the Broncos the option of re-signing him once he's healthy.
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