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KJ Hamler Throws Shade at Russell Wilson for Botched Final Play

Devon Platana
Denver Broncos WR KJ Hamler has thrown shade at QB Russell Wilson for the botched final play during the Week 6 TNF loss.
Denver Broncos WR KJ Hamler has thrown shade at QB Russell Wilson for the botched final play during the Week 6 TNF loss. / AP Photo/Jack Dempsey

The Denver Broncos' 2022 season reached a new low on Thursday night when they lost 12-9 in overtime to the struggling Indianapolis Colts. The game was full of gaffes, including Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson botching the final play of the extra frame.

While Wilson is no stranger to fans' criticism, his teammates don't appear to be happy with him, either. When it came to the game's final play, wide receiver KJ Hamler threw shade at his QB, saying that he "could have walked it in" had Wilson thrown the ball his way rather than tossing an incompletion.

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Sitting 4th and 1 on the Colts' 5-yard line, the Broncos opted to go for it rather than tying the game with a field goal. Hamler was wide open on the ensuing passing play and likely could've scored, but Wilson tried to force the ball to Courtland Sutton--who was blanketed by Indy cornerback Stephon Gilmore--to no avail.

Hamler's frustrations this season are more than understandable. In 16 games prior to this season, the 23-year-old averaged 4.1 targets with the likes of Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater throwing the ball his way. Since Wilson's arrival, Hamler has seen only 4 targets total in his first four games of the season.

The criticism of Wilson is warranted, as he has not played up to expectations since the Broncos acquired him from the Seattle Seahawks last offseason. Denver rates 31st in the NFL in scoring at 15 points per game largely because of Wilson's career-low 59.4% completion rate and mediocre 4:3 TD/INT ratio.

On the plus side, the season is only a month old, so Wilson and the Broncos still have time to figure things out. They'll try to right the ship against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6, where Denver is listed as 4.5-point road underdogs on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

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