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Devin Hester

31-Year-Old Wide Receiver – Atlanta Falcons

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It's uncertain exactly how the Falcons plan to use Hester on the offensive side of the ball in 2014, but he's expected to handle the punt and kick return duties. He's getting up there in age, but if y...

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HT: 5' 11"   WT: 190   DOB: 11/4/1982  College: Miami (FL)  DRAFTED: 2nd Rd   Show ContractHide Contract


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Signed a three-year contract with the Falcons in March of 2014.

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Hester caught five balls for 99 yards in Sunday's thrilling win over the Saints.

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Devin Hester NFL Stats
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  Receiving Rec Distance Big Rec Games Rushing Kick Ret Punt Ret Fumbles
Year Age Team G Rec Yards TD Tar Avg YPT 20+ 40+ 100+ 150+ 200+ Att Yards Avg TD Yds TD Yds TD Tot Lost
2007 24 16 20 299 2 38 15.0 7.9 - - - - - 7 -10 -1.4 0 - - - - - -
2008 25 15 52 665 3 92 12.8 7.2 - - - - - 5 61 12.2 0 - - - - - -
2009 26 13 57 757 3 90 13.3 8.4 12 3 - - - 6 -1 -0.2 0 - - - - - -
2010 27 Chi 16 40 475 4 73 11.9 6.5 4 0 0 0 0 7 30 4.3 0 427 0 564 3 0 0
2011 28 Chi 16 26 369 1 56 14.2 6.6 4 1 0 0 0 1 -6 -6.0 0 723 1 454 2 5 0
2012 29 Chi 15 23 242 1 40 10.5 6.1 4 0 0 0 0 3 6 2.0 0 621 0 331 0 1 0
2013 30 Chi 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1436 0 256 1 5 1
2014 31 Atl 2 6 101 0 7 16.8 14.4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 139 0 8 0 0 0
2014 Proj 31 ATL Subscribe now to see our 2013 projections for Devin Hester

Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Devin Hester Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
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  Fantasy Points Per Game Receiving Stats Red Zone Targets Rushing Stats Red Zone Runs
Year Age Team G Standard PPR 0.5 PPR Rec/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5 Att/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5
2007 24 16 2.6 3.8 3.2 1 19 2 - - 0 -1 0 - -
2008 25 15 6.0 9.5 7.8 3 44 9 - - 0 4 1 - -
2009 26 13 7.2 11.6 9.4 4 58 7 5 1 0 -0 0 0 0
2010 27 Chi 16 4.7 7.2 5.9 3 30 5 2 1 0 2 0 0 0
2011 28 Chi 16 2.6 4.3 3.5 2 23 6 2 1 0 -0 1 0 0
2012 29 Chi 15 2.1 3.6 2.8 2 16 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
2013 30 Chi 16 0.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 31 Atl 2 5.1 8.1 6.6 3 51 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Devin Hester – Playing Time Overview

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#4 Wide Receiver
Also Listed As:  #1 Kick Returner, #1 Punt Returner

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Offensive Snaps in 2014

Devin Hester was on the field for 0 of his team's snaps on offense in 2014.


Special Teams Snaps in 2014

Devin Hester was on the field for 0 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2014.

Year Off ST
2012 362 133
2013 0 212
2014 0 0
Devin Hester 2014 Game Log
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  Snap Count Receiving Rec Distance Rushing Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret Red Zone Targets Red Zone Runs
Week Opp Off ST Rec Yards TD Tar Avg 20+ 40+ Att Yards Avg TD Tot Lost Yds TD Yds TD In20 In10 In5 In20 In10 In5
1 NO 0 0 5 99 0 6 19.8 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 21 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 @Cin 0 0 1 2 0 1 2.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 118 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 TB
4 @Min
5 @NYG
6 Chi
7 @Bal
8 Det
9 BYE Bye Week
10 @TB
11 @Car
12 Cle
13 Ari
14 @GB
15 Pit
16 @NO
17 Car

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Devin Hester
As Compared To Other Wide Receivers
Height:   5' 11"
Weight:   190 lbs
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Devin Hester: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Hester caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason win over the Titans.

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The Falcons have signed Hester to a three-year deal, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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The Bears have confirmed that they will not re-sign Hester, the team's official site reports.

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As a result, Hester will become an unrestricted free agent on March 11. After catching 23 passes in 2012, Hester was not a factor in the Bears' offense in 2013, making his only impact with the team on special teams. At 31, it's unclear if Hester will be used much as a pass-catcher wherever he lands in 2014, but he can still contribute as a returner at this stage. This past season, he averaged 27.6 yards on 52 kick returns and 14.2 yards on 18 punt returns, including a TD.
Hester is expected to be released by the Bears, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Hester stated that he and the organization are going to be going in different directions. It was also noted that he would like to be reunited with his former coach Lovie Smith with the Buccaneers. He has faded from the offense and served as a return specialist last season. If he finds a system that utilizes him on offense, he could return to some fantasy value in 2014.
Hester racked up a league-leading 1,698 combined return yards this season.

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Working strictly as a return specialist this season, Hester appeared to regain his fastball, so to speak. His 14.2 average on punt returns would have ranked third in the NFL had he received enough opportunities to qualify, as punters wisely chose to kick away from him often. Hester was less easy to avoid on kickoffs, finishing with an average of 27.7 yards on 52 returns, good for the second-best mark of his career. The 31-year-old is set to become a free agent in the offseason, but with few players capable of replacing Hester's impact on special teams, look for the Bears to submit a competitive offer to retain his services.
Hester returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Redskins.

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Hester returned five kickoffs for a career-high 249 yards in Sunday's win over the Vikings.

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Hester has worked exclusively with the special teams during training camp, ESPN Chicago reports.

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Head coach Marc Trestman made it clear Wednesday that Hester will only be a return man saying, "Devin is strictly a specialist right now," the Chicago Tribune reports.

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The failed Hester experience at wideout is officially over. After signing a deal to be paid like a No. 1 receiver in 2008, Hester has been anything but. He was never been able to gel with Jay Cutler and over the past two seasons has amassed only 49 catches for 611 yards and two touchdowns. He could in line for a bounce year as a returner after not scoring in 2012, but his fantasy value is strictly reduced to return yardage leagues from now on.
Hester said Monday that he is considering retirement, the Chicago Tribune reports. "I don't even know if I want to play again, man," he said. "You know, that's been on my mind for two years now. It's not (as much fun anymore). It ain't. So, I have my workers' comp papers in my pocket. A lot of stress has been on my mind lately. Not being able to showcase my talent the way I want it to be showcased, stressful."

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New head coach Marc Trestman confirmed that Hester, who struggled as a receiver under Lovie Smith due to issues with drops, would strictly be used as a return specialist this season. He's still one of the game's most dynamic talents in that facet, but the lack of use he'll receive on the offensive end limits his value primarily to leagues that reward return yardage and scores.


Every year the Bears vow to give the best return man in league history more opportunities at wide receiver, but they rarely seem to follow through. Last year was no exception as Hester saw just 56 targets in 16 games. This year, the Bears’ new playbook apparently features a package specifically designed for Hester, but that means little unless they plan to use it more than occasionally. The problem is even when Hester does get targeted, the results are typically underwhelming – he’s averaged more than 8.0 yards per target just one season in the last five. And at 5-11, 190, he’s never going to be a big red-zone threat. Of course, Hester is a must-own if your league counts return yardage, and he still does have blazing speed, unmatched vision in the open field and elite quickness. But the odds are against a big role especially with Brandon Marshall and rookie Alshon Jeffery now in the fold.


Mike Martz's arrival was supposed to help the Bears' receivers. That wasn't the case with Hester, who dropped off significantly in 2010. Hester averaged a career-low 6.5 YPT and 11.9 YPC and caught just four passes of 20-yards plus after hauling in 12 from that distance in 2009. At 5-11, 185, Hester's never going to be a red-zone threat – only five targets there all year – but he's one of the greatest kick returners in NFL history given his speed, quickness, vision and agility. (In fact, Hester took three punts back to the house in 2010). For some reason, the Bears haven't gotten those qualities to translate from scrimmage, and we wouldn't be surprised if his pass catching duties were curtailed further in favor of keeping him fresh for special teams.


Anyone getting significant work in the Bears Mike Martz-coordinated, Jay Cutler-led offense deserves consideration, and Hester is no exception. While Hester had an unremarkable season on the surface, there are some things to like such as his 8.4 yards per target and 63-percent catch rate. At 5-11, 185, the former elite return man has blazing speed, great quickness and tremendous vision in the open field. That said, he’s not asked to run a lot of deep routes — just three catches of 40-plus in 90 targets, and he’s obviously not a red-zone factor (just seven targets all year). Hester will have to battle Devin Aromashodu, Earl Bennett and Johnny Knox for targets, but he’s very much in the mix at press time, and in fact was preliminarily named a starter by Martz.


Jay Cutler has to throw to somebody on the outside, and Hester might well end up being his top target. The 5-11, 185-pound Hester is better known as one of the league’s all-time great return men, but he’s developed as a receiver over the last couple years, using his tremendous quickness to get away from defenders on short routes. While Hester’s shown his dangerous deep speed time and again on kick returns, the Bears rarely targeted him down the field last year (just nine plays of 20 yards or more and one for 40-plus). Hester’s not strong enough to break many tackles, he sometimes struggles to get off the line crisply in press coverage, and he’ll never be much of a red-zone threat. But paired with a quarterback who can get the ball down field, Hester could deliver his share of big plays in 2009.


For the second year in a row, Hester was the best return man in the NFL, totaling six returns for touchdowns. He also caught 20 passes for 299 yards and two more touchdowns. With Bernard Berrian and Muhsin Muhammad out of Chicago, Hester enters the year with a relatively high ceiling for a guy you should be able to get fairly late in your draft. He's a low-risk guy to target, as you can simply cut bait with him if he isn't getting enough looks in the passing game to warrant a spot on your roster. He'll still be one of the best returners in the game, and projects as a nice sleeper as he should have an increased role in the offense.


The Bears want to convert Hester into an offensive player, and why not? There’s no one in the league that’s more elusive in the open field, and we imagine Chicago will try to get Hester the ball in space on screens, reverses or even on an occasional running play. Coach Lovie Smith isn’t afraid to take chances on offense – sticking with Rex Grossman is itself playing with fire – so we could see Chicago giving this experiment a real shot. Just keep in mind that while the team is hoping to turn him into Reggie Bush, the more likely outcome is Dante Hall.


Hester, a second-round pick from Miami, is an explosive player who is expected to immediately become the Bears' kick returner in his rookie year. Though many view him as a man without a true position, Hester likely will play a little bit at cornerback this season, but his main contributions will be on special teams.