The Denver Broncos have dealt with a ton of injuries over the last few years to some of their best, and most important players. When we think back on it, Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, KJ Hamler, and Courtland Sutton are the major ones that come to mind. Having these guys healthy in the past could have made the biggest difference, and potentially ended the playoff drought earlier.
However, now the team is getting back healthy. Chubb seems to be having his healthiest offseason he can remember, Sutton is making ridiculous catch after ridiculous catch in training camp, and Hamler is getting the pads back on after dealing with more adversity than most humans can take.
Things seem to be going good for Hamler, as he is the last of the major injured players to get fully healthy
Broncos’ Hamler talks with media on Monday
After a year of not playing football, in the physical sense, Hamler was asked during Monday’s media availability how it felt to finally put the pads back on.
“It feels good,” Hamler explained. “It feels a little weird. I’m a little tired trying to get back used to it. It felt good being back out there finally.”
And if there were any doubts on his speed, Hamler covered that on Monday as well.
“As long as I’m running 21 to 23 miles per hour, I don’t care,” Hamler told reporters Monday.
A reporter asked if that’s where he currently was, and Hamler responded in a way only he can.
“Yeah!” Hamler said with a huge grin.
The vibes are good right now around camp. The feeling is that this team can finally compete again. However, in order to do that, everyone needs to be healthy, and Hamler is on his way to being right there.
The third-year player can be a really good second or third option in any offense. That sounds crazy to say, because in this offense right now he would easily be behind Sutton, Patrick, and Jeudy. Having the speedy Hamler as the fourth option behind those guys sounds like a very fun offense. Now, we just have to wait and see.
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