“I am back to myself,” ready to play in Week 1 against Seattle


KJ Hamler is ready for Seattle.

The Broncos wideout returned to action on Saturday in the preseason finale, Hamler’s first game since season-ending knee/hip injuries in Week 3 of last year. He had three catches for 18 yards on five targets, and said he’s ready to go for Week 1 on Sept. 12.

“I felt good out there,” Hamler said. “It’s very exciting to be back. (Head coach Nathaniel Hackett) didn’t really want to play me, but you know, I was just like, ‘Man, just let me get in. Let me get a few reps and just see if I’m still myself.’

“I just wanted to know that I am back to myself, and I am.”

Hamler was the only offensive starter to play in the 23-13 win over the Vikings at Empower Field. The third-year pro got the majority of the first-half snaps, and drew a personal foul penalty after getting crunched on a hard hit by Minnesota safety Myles Dorn. Hamler caught a 6-yard pass coming across the middle on the first play of the second quarter, and Dorn came sprinting from the defensive backfield to deliver a crunching blow.

But No. 1 popped right back up from the hit.

“I think I needed that (physicality) a little bit,” Hamler said. “It wasn’t nothing to me.”


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