4 wide receivers the Dallas Cowboys should target at trade deadline
By Randy Gurzi
3. K.J. Hamler, Denver Broncos
Coming out of Penn State in 2020, K.J. Hamler was unable to run the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine which was a disappointment. The 5-foot-9, 178-pounder was electric for the Nittany Lions and was expected to run in the 4.3s. Even without showing off that speed in Indy, he was able to land in the second round as the Denver Broncos chose him at No. 46 overall.
Hamler joined a crowded receiving corps but still had a solid rookie campaign with 30 receptions for 381 yards and three touchdowns. He added another 40 yards on the ground and ran a few punts and kickoffs back as well.
He might have been even better had it not been for a nagging hamstring injury that slowed him down as a rookie. After healing up in the offseason, he then impressed in 2021 during camp but suffered a torn ACL in Week 3, prematurely ending his sophomore campaign.
In 2022, he’s been on the field for six games and with Tim Patrick on IR, Hamler was expected to be a huge weapon. So far, that hasn’t happened but much of that seems to be due to Russell Wilson suddenly forgetting how to progress through his reads. Or how to see wide-open receivers.
Even when Wilson does hit Hamler, he’s been slightly off, which is limiting the deep threat that Hamler presents.
Hamler has shown frustration on the field and it’s hard to blame him. Denver is also in the midst of a frustrating season and could be sellers at the deadline.
If so, Dallas should call to see what it would take to pry Hamler from the Broncos. Adding his ability to stretch the field to this receiving corps would be a huge plus for the Cowboys and the fresh start could help Hamler as well.