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Devin Hester, WR, Falcons

There’s a cruel irony to Devin Hester burning a Lovie Smith–coached team to the ground the way he did last week. Smith ultimately lost his job with the Bears because he could never find the assistant coaches to get the most out of his offense, and in Hester’s first season away from Chicago, he may have finally found his place as a receiver.

The process of turning Hester into a wide receiver in Chicago was always backward. Jumping from “return specialist” to “no. 1 option” never made any sense, and falling back from “failed no. 1 option” to “return specialist” probably didn’t either. In Atlanta, Hester’s allowed to be the ultimate luxury — a fourth receiver/returner useful on the type of jet-sweep, Oh **** not this guy plays he scored on against the Bucs.

But as a receiver, he’s also getting open every time he’s given even a little room. That shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s ever seen him return a punt, but it still took us this long to get here. Terry Robiskie, the receivers coach in Atlanta, deserves credit for finally turning one of the game’s notorious open-field players into a receiver who can chew up cornerbacks in the open field.

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I was reading some Chicago fan's posts on one of their forums after our TB game and many were saying, "well Hester never did anything in our offense." That's because they didn't use him! His last season he wasn't even targeted, and not even sure he was in there at all on O. His failure on O in Chicago was 100% coaching.

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Like I've said hundreds of times, the Bears thinking that they could just throw Hester into the fire and make him a #1 WR was straight dumb and a bit reckless.

Hester has the ability to be a serious threat as a 3rd or 4th receiving option. He is not the one you should try to make "the guy" on offense. He has no pressure on him now in Atlanta because both Julio and Roddy are the main guys, which allows Hester to just do what he does best which is play in space against one on one coverage.

The only pressure that is on Hester is to prove the Bears made a mistake by letting him walk. He has done a good job so far.

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I was thinking that Julio backs up the safeties far enough to allow a slot guy room to cross but then I realized that Hester played with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, who should have permitted a slot receiver plenty of space. I'm not sure what happened in Chicago.

Anyway, we're blessed with a few players who only need space to run by defenders this season - Julio, Hester, Antone, and Freeman. We just need the line to hold up long enough for plays to develop.

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I was thinking that Julio backs up the safeties far enough to allow a slot guy room to cross but then I realized that Hester played with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, who should have permitted a slot receiver plenty of space. I'm not sure what happened in Chicago.

Anyway, we're blessed with a few players who only need space to run by defenders this season - Julio, Hester, Antone, and Freeman. We just need the line to hold up long enough for plays to develop.

Based on Hester talking about how he now has a much better QB to throw him the ball, Cutler the jackass must had been on full display Hester's last few years in Chicago.

It's not Hester's fault that Cutler can't complete passes to any other WRs than Brandon Marshall or thats 6'3 and up with crazy wingspands.

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I admit. I didn't like the signing at the time, because I thought it was too much for a return man at the back end of his career. I already see that I was wrong.

...not a "Dimitroff hater," either. I just don't usually buy into 'flash' signings- especially at skill positions, because they seem to so rarely work out. I saw this as flash, but it's working out.

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Based on Hester talking about how he now has a much better QB to throw him the ball, Cutler the jackass must had been on full display Hester's last few years in Chicago.

It's not Hester's fault that Cutler can't complete passes to any other WRs than Brandon Marshall or thats 6'3 and up with crazy wingspands.

I agree, I think Chicago and pundits are putting too much thought into the technical reasons he is playing better at receiver. Hester insinuated what all of us who have played any sport at any level knows: When your QB makes you feel comfortable, you don't feel frozen out or responsible for losing the game on the one pass you missed or route you ran wrong. He said Matt gives him confidence and makes him feel like he is a better receiver....that's 90% of it right there, and the reason that Matt is neck and neck with Russell Wilson and Nick Foles for my MVP so far.

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I read that Hester requested that he not play on offense and wanted to focus on PR/KR.

I've read the exact opposite and it came straight from Hester's mouth. Cutler really dicked him over in Chicago. Some stupid childish vendetta apparently. That's why Hester totally burned the Bears, Cutler, and even Lovie last week. He wanted to contribute, they just wouldn't let him.

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hmm.. I thought for sure I read that he didnt want to play on offense...

I'll have to look this up... maybe im wrong.

I saw the same thing regarding last season. He asked the coaches not to put him in the offense last season but it was because of his experience in previous seasons that he came to that decision. (i.e. working with the whiny Cutler)

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I was reading some Chicago fan's posts on one of their forums after our TB game and many were saying, "well Hester never did anything in our offense." That's because they didn't use him! His last season he wasn't even targeted, and not even sure he was in there at all on O. His failure on O in Chicago was 100% coaching.

Shows how sometimes it's the right coaching and situation for a player not just raw talent.

"Those pretty *** mother f----rs are going to get me fired, I'm gonna break it off in them" Terry Robiskie/Hard Knocks

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