Trailing by three with 3:49 left in the fourth quarter, the Denver Broncos badly needed a touchdown in Sunday’s game at Wembley Stadium against the Jacksonville Jaguars. On the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Russell Wilson backed up and uncorked a bomb on the right sideline to KJ Hamler.
The third-year wide completed the pass for a massive 47-yard gain. Six plays later, Broncos running back Latavius Murray scored the touchdown that ultimately gave the team a 21-17 victory over the Jags.
After the match, while Wilson was being interviewed on television, Hamler rushed over and gave him a big hug, saying, “Drop some bombs!”
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Later, from the podium, Wilson revealed a conversation with Hamler before the offense took the field on that game-winning drive.
“KJ, I said to him on the sidelines, ‘Hey, get ready. I’m going to hit you on the court.’ Sure enough, he ran right past his guy, hit him down the field and I think Murray scores again,” Wilson said.
The QB and wide receiver’s postgame embrace disproved the alleged rift that had grown between the two since Wilson missed a wide-open Hamler in the end zone in what would have been a touchdown pass winner in overtime against Indianapolis. Colts in Week 5. Hamler was then quoted as saying, “I could have come in.”
From there, the trope was that with each loss piling up, Wilson also lost the locker room. While this scene at Wembley Stadium doesn’t exactly disprove the Breakup Theory, at the very least, it exhibits the healing properties of winning a tough match.
Hamler’s use in the Broncos’ offense on Sunday, along with Jerry Jeudy, was an encouraging sign that Wilson and the coaching staff have the presence of mind to recognize their ability to play. The Broncos are reportedly unwilling to trade either youngster as they believe the receiving duo can help Wilson spark an offensive resurgence in stride.
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Hamler finished with 61 yards from scrimmage on three touches, while Jeudy had six receptions (on seven targets) for 63 yards and a touchdown. Now, if Wilson could figure out how to involve Courtland Sutton in the same way, the Broncos would have aerial poise and an arsenal teeming with threats.
“The way Russ drove down the field and got the offense to run every play, that was a big part of the game,” Jeudy said in London afterwards, speaking of the orchestrated nine-play, 98-yard touchdown. by Wilson in the third quarter. .
Wilson still holds to the “unshakable belief” that the Broncos can use this win over the Jaguars as a springboard to get going after the team’s Week 9 break.
“Well, I think in adversity, adversity is temporary,” Wilson said after the game. “What I believe is that our team is gaining so much momentum. Every season I’ve played, you have to gain momentum. There is a moment when it clicks, and I hope that is the start. But we still have – what’s great is that we still control our own destiny by the amount of work we put into it and the dedication we put into it, and a lot of great games to come. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Wilson finished the Jags game 18 of 30 for 252 yards and a touchdown with one interception and an 84.3 passer rating. The QB also scrambled for 17 yards on four attempts.
Wilson’s dynamic ability to use his legs is a weapon the Broncos offense desperately needed. Hopefully the bye week gives Wilson and the coaches a chance to study to recognize that.
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