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Can We Try To Get Devin Hester


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After Lovie's firing Devin Hester wants out of Chicago:

He was asked whether a change of scenery would help.

"Who knows? If it's the right place ... if not, I feel like I've done enough in the league to where I established myself (as) one of the elite players to ever play the game," he said

We should go after him. A dynamic returner like him, especially on punts, can set up our offense in great positions and would cause fear in opposing teams. Plus we can use him along with Julio in screens and similar offensive plays where he can operate in space.

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Moving up the kickoffs 10 yards (or whatever it was) really puts a limit on how productive this guy can truly be. Who knows what his value is going to be if they decide to finally just eliminate the kickoff all together. I guess he'll still have punts.

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There is nothing elite about hester except his ability to return punts and kickoffs. Oh and that over paid contract a few years ago. Dude aint no true receiver

He's not a good enough receiver to compete for the number three spot in Atlanta. He would have to be KR/PR specialist. That's what he needs to do anyway. He has more yards, touchdowns, and impact as a returner. He should just quit working on receiving and focus what he is great at. Edited by Flip Flop
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He's not a good enough receiver to compete for the number three spot in Atlanta. He would have to be KR/PR specialist. That's what he needs to do anyway. He has more yards, touchdowns, and impact as a returner. He should just quit working on receiving and focus what he is great at.

that's all he was ever good at, even at Miami, where he was average as a corner. The only reason the bears moved him to wr is because of his speed
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that's all he was ever good at, even at Miami, where he was average as a corner. The only reason the bears moved him to wr is because of his speed

If I was confident that he could produce another >5 TD season, then it would be worth having him. The worst aspect of the Falcons team is the return units. A good returner would help with field position, maybe produce some points, and provide a spark for the offense. Wasnt it Rossum who used to bang the turf after every tackle like he just dropped an INT as if he was robbed of a TD? Edited by Flip Flop
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If I was confident that he could produce another >5 TD season, then it would be worth having him. The worst aspect of the Falcons team is the return units. A good returner would help with field position, maybe produce some points, and provide a spark for the offense. Wasnt it Rossum who used to bang the turf after every tackle like he just dropped an INT as if he was robbed of a TD?

I have been saying for months that punt return coverage is terrible but everyone only points at the man with the ball because he refuses to get himself injured. I would be afraid to return a punt as well. I've seen post where people say our return units are among the best in the league, that is only on kick returns. 2 completely different things. And I have only seen one or two long kick returns by Rodgers and it has nothing to do with moving the kickoff spot
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I have been saying for months that punt return coverage is terrible but everyone only points at the man with the ball because he refuses to get himself injured. I would be afraid to return a punt as well. I've seen post where people say our return units are among the best in the league, that is only on kick returns. 2 completely different things. And I have only seen one or two long kick returns by Rodgers and it has nothing to do with moving the kickoff spot

Man, it is hard to believe that people watch the games and think the return game is good. I hadnt looked at the stats. I was just going by the eyeball test, but ESPN has the avg punt return yards 25th and the avg kick return yards 14th. That is bad. It is a good thing this defense takes the ball away so often, because field position would be a beyotch if it was coming solely from the return units.
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Man, it is hard to believe that people watch the games and think the return game is good. I hadnt looked at the stats. I was just going by the eyeball test, but ESPN has the avg punt return yards 25th and the avg kick return yards 14th. That is bad. It is a good thing this defense takes the ball away so often, because field position would be a beyotch if it was coming solely from the return units.

It's just like with Turner. These people think they should be doing more but fail to see the real problem. Then they want the players cut over things they have no control over. Ish is sad
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Return specialist is definately a position that needs to be addressed in the offseason

Ideally we nab a speedy youngster in the mid-late rounds at RB/WR/CB who turns out to be a gem that can give us a young legit return threat, as the return game is a non factor at the moment

Hester could potentially help, my main concern is his age. I believe he's 30 now and will probably be 31 next season. Does he still have the speed and the moves? Thats what it really comes down to. If he's got 90-95% of his original speed he can probably be a difference maker for us

If Mike Nolan leaves as a HC maybe Lovie Smith wants to be our DC and Hester follows him

He'd be the #4 receiver and step in at #3 if anyone got hurt. He's really not a good receiver in terms of running routes, getting open and catching the football, he's an athlete who makes plays with the ball in his hands

As a receiver with us he'd only get a few deep pass homerun attempts out of 4 or 3 WR sets

However we could definately use him as an offensive weapon. In addition to being our full time kick and punt returner, we could give him about 5 to 8 touches as an offensive gadget player. We could use him on reverses and screens, as well as let him catch passes out of the backfield, where we currently lack speed

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Ya like I said he's always been a great athlete and football player with the ball in his hands, but he's not a receiver. He's not tall and he doesn't have the actual catching and route running to get seperation skills

I dont think hes even been the full time returner with the Bears which is pretty confusing

Like I said if he still has his speed and shiftiness he can be an impact player as our full time kick and punt returner where we have no one and give him about 5 touches a game on reverses, screens, deep shots and passes out of the backfield as a receving RB, as well as use the threat of him as a decoy

If hes got 90-95% of his juice he can contribute, if hes lost his speed he should retire like he said

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