News: 3 days agoHamler'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."
Spin: 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.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Hamler is entering his second NFL season after appearing in 13 games as a rookie. The Penn State product was targeted 10 times in back-to-back games (Weeks 9-10) but totaled 37 targets in his other 11 outings. The second-round pick's efficiency was very poor, as he ranked near the basement in catch rate (53%), YPT (6.7), YPRR (1.2) and drop rate (8.8%), while managing two top-40 fantasy weeks. Hamler is a small (5-foot-9, 178 pounds) and fast slot WR who has a lot of competition for targets with Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and Noah Fant in the mix in a run-first Denver offense lacking a proven QB. Hamler is a fine late-round flier considering his talent, but consistent fantasy output seems unlikely.