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  • Time to show some respect to Ben Hamilton

    His first ever article (from what I've seen).

    This is Ben Hamilton's senior moment.

    With Tom Nalen's move to injured reserve and likely his post-NFL career, Hamilton has emerged as the Broncos' longest-tenured player.

    The 2001 fourth-round draft pick typically might not notice his newfound status. But when the team's starting left guard sees the players around him skewing younger and younger, it's a constant reminder of just how long he has stuck around.

    "It's definitely a different feel, being around eight years," said Hamilton, 31.

    Good thing 35- year-old Casey Wiegmann is around to help deflect any talk about the elderly.

    But Hamilton remains a target anyway. His role running the board for offensive line fines ensures a heavy dose of flak. Whereas Nalen was, according to offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, "the hammer" in such matters, Hamilton adds the role of instigator to his secretarial duties. Clap at practice, you're going to pay. Self-promotion, get out your wallet.

    "He needs to be overthrown," right tackle Ryan Harris lamented. "But there's no one strong enough to commit that mutiny."

    Hamilton is a hard man to get rid of, generally.

    If a yearlong absence because of severe post-concussion symptoms couldn't do it, a few 290-plus linemen with a hesitancy to pull out their wallets won't have any luck, either.

    Hamilton will start his 12th straight game for the Broncos (6-5) on Sunday as they face the New York Jets (8-3) in the Meadowlands. It's the sixth time in his career he'll have started at least a dozen games in a season.

    Hamilton's presence in the lineup is expected now.

    But after the dizzy spells, severe mood swings and memory-related issues associated with his injuries last season, there were no guarantees he'd play again. He began to feel like his old self late last year, though, and after consulting with specialists, he was cleared to resume playing.

    "There probably was a certain amount of unknown," Dennison said. "But when I talked to him and he said he'd come back, then I had every confidence he'd be back."

    Still, Hamilton needed to prove to himself he could withstand the constant contact in the trenches. He felt "pretty confident" in minicamps, since the cobwebs were gone and he no longer was, as he described the feeling, "out of it." Summer workouts only confirmed he could play unencumbered by doubt.

    "Going through training camp, I took some big hits and delivered some big hits," he said. "And just going through that just gave me confidence that, 'I'm back.' "

    Hamilton often visited teammates last season in an attempt to stay around the game. It wasn't the same as lining up alongside them, and some guilt seeped in about his unavailability as he spent the season on injured reserve.

    "I couldn't help it," he said of his concussion issues. "But I knew they were counting on me. And to see them struggle a little bit last year, I just knew I should be out there."

    Hamilton's return provides another trained set of eyes in diagnosing on-field issues.

    "He's great with the playbook," right guard Chris Kuper said. "He knows it in and out. As far as the field, he picks things up really fast and can explain it to us."

    Dennison also credited Hamilton for playing a role in rookie left tackle Ryan Clady's fast development, given their proximity on the line and the veteran player's deep knowledge of the system.

    "He kind of keeps him on the same page - not that Ryan needs that much help, but he is a rookie," Dennison said.

    To date, there have been no issues with Hamilton's previous brain injury.

    "Just like his old self," coach Mike Shanahan said.

    That includes his personality. Hamilton's lighthearted demeanor was a welcome re-addition to the meeting room. He has a knack for keeping things light when the grind of the season starts to wear on players. His dry sense of humor is reflected in his dual role of fines goon.

    "He is a little unjust," Harris said. "But I guess that's how you get when you've, what, been in the league 25 years and two brains later? But it's all in fun."

    Hamilton actually hasn't even quite reached a decade in the NFL yet.

    A center at the University of Minnesota, he said he never seriously considered his career life span when he entered the league. At one point, Hamilton was projected as Nalen's replacement in the pivot. That dream since has passed, but as a 290-pound guard, Hamilton knows Denver has "been the right fit for me."

    "He understands leverage. He understands the system. He knows where he's got help and where he can't lose. And he plays with balance," Dennison said, likely incurring a fine himself for gushing publicly about a player he has supervised since the player's NFL start. "He's got all the assets we look for."

    One area in which Hamilton might be lacking recently, though, is in the grooming department.

    Sporting a long mane and a patchy beard, Hamilton has retained the dark coloring that belies his experience. But it isn't going over well with some of his teammates, who are demanding payback.

    "I can't believe it," Harris said, expressing mock exasperation. "He should be fined every day he's got that haircut."

    http://www.rockymountainnews.com/new...-wit-veterans/
    A very underrated player on the team. Hamilton is simply a very sound guard in the NFL. Don't be shocked to see him play center in the near future.

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    Originally posted by B4Bronco6 View Post
    His first ever article (from what I've seen).



    A very underrated player on the team. Hamilton is simply a very sound guard in the NFL. Don't be shocked to see him play center in the near future.
    agreed :salute!:


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    • #3
      :salute!: If I could do it in person I would, with out saying a word our asking for anything, for he has given me enough! :salute!:
      I hate the Defenseless Receiver rule and the fines. Posted since '07. 2011 rule addition :nono: backhand a fool!

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      • #4
        he is the man, him and casey i think are the glue to this o line right now because of the youth... and he must be good, he is our highest rated lineman in madden!!! (that was sarcasm )

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        • #5
          Originally posted by cutler4thewin View Post
          he is the man, him and casey i think are the glue to this o line right now because of the youth... and he must be good, he is our highest rated lineman in madden!!! (that was sarcasm )
          Well I don't know if they are the "glue".

          Clady and Harris are playing like 5 year vets... BOTH are playing at a pro bowl level. And Kuper is just going right along with the rest of them. Playing at a high level, and hardly making any stupid mistakes.


          The entire line from left to right has been amazing this season. They are the team MVP.

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          • #6
            i think we have the best tackle PAIR in the league, and will for 10 years or so barring injury

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            • #7
              now only if they could get the running game going

              Weigmann and Hamilton are going to have their hands full tomorrow with Kris Jenkins


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              • #8
                thats true, i think they did pretty well against rodgers tho, so hopefully we can move jenkins around a bit too

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                • #9
                  As good as the on-line has been all season long, it's hard to complain about either one of them.......but I will anyway.

                  Hamilton is still the weak link of the OL and is going to get his ass handed to him by Jenkins if Wiegmann doesn't help the majority of the time.......chances are they will both get their ass handed to them by Jenkins, he is the type of player that gives the Broncos pumped up FB's like Hamilton/Wiegmann a hard time.

                  It's clear to see the Broncos respect him a lot, but this is just more hype and propaganda from the Broncos, imo.......Hamilton is weak.......

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                  • #10
                    Ben Hamilton went to high school very close to me
                    Marion Barber went there too
                    I am a Moss lover

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by stnzed View Post
                      As good as the on-line has been all season long, it's hard to complain about either one of them.......but I will anyway.

                      Hamilton is still the weak link of the OL and is going to get his ass handed to him by Jenkins if Wiegmann doesn't help the majority of the time.......chances are they will both get their ass handed to them by Jenkins, he is the type of player that gives the Broncos pumped up FB's like Hamilton/Wiegmann a hard time.

                      It's clear to see the Broncos respect him a lot, but this is just more hype and propaganda from the Broncos, imo.......Hamilton is weak.......
                      It's true, he probably is the weak link of the line.

                      But he's a typical Shanny type of linemen. Small, quick on his feet, and smart.

                      He uses his mechanics very well, especially in the run blocking game.

                      I'd rather have him than Montrae "Throw me another burger" Holland.

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                      • #12
                        You need 5 guys to make the oline work, and I'm happy that Hamilton has not only manage to play, but play at a good, solid level. I'm a fan!

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                        • #13
                          Next Center?

                          I thought that Hamilton did a good job a few years ago when he replaced Nalen after an injury. With his knowledge, experience, and size he is a natural for the system. I can see Lichtensteiger or Polumbus moving into a guard position to allow Hamilton to move to Center when needed.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by B4Bronco6 View Post
                            It's true, he probably is the weak link of the line.

                            But he's a typical Shanny type of linemen. Small, quick on his feet, and smart.

                            He uses his mechanics very well, especially in the run blocking game.

                            I'd rather have him than Montrae "Throw me another burger" Holland.
                            Hamilton should have been at Center from the beginning, and he would have on any other team, if Denver could find a RG that could improve the run blocking to the right, they could move Kuper to LG and move Hamilton to C where he belongs.

                            Hamilton would be an improvement over Wiegmann at C, imo, it would improve depth at the same time.......that is until the GM trades that depth.......

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                            • #15
                              I don't see how we can complain about anyone on the OL. Last year, we had problems getting the short yardage and scoring on the goalline. This year, we immediately showed that wasn't a problem when Pittman continued to score from inside the five.

                              How many sacks have we given up all season thus far, 7? Doesn't seem that Hamilton is having his ass handed to him by anyone.... and considering Jenkins is having such a great season, I'm going to assume he's had GOOD games against other "LG" that aren't considered to be such "weak links."

                              I'll say the same thing about Weigman. No reason to believe for a moment that either one of them is weak. Not when they have proved to have the success t hey have this season. The run game was doing pretty well considering the lack of talent at the RB position BEFORE we had every RB on the roster go down with injury.

                              So no. I don't by this suggestion that Hamilton= weak link. Also, when looking over the article, I didn't see where it was written by anyone on the Broncos staff.

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