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Devin Hester | Wide Receiver

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/4/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 190
College: Miami (FL)
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Devin Hester caught five passes for 70 yards and one touchdown in the Falcons' Week 4 loss to the Vikings.
Working as the clear No. 3 receiver with Harry Douglas (foot) sidelined, Hester saw seven targets. Hester turned a dump off pass into a 36-yard score when he broke two tackles on the way to the end zone. He actually looks decent on offense after struggling with it in Chicago. After four games, Hester is on pace for a 48-784-4 receiving line. He won't come into play unless someone gets injured ahead of him. Hester is worth keeping an eye on, however. Sep 28 - 8:36 PM

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According to Falcons OC Dirk Koetter, Devin Hester has "played his way into more plays" on offense.

The special-teams dynamo has caught 7-of-8 targets for 126 yards through three games, and added a 20-yard rushing touchdown. Hester has provided a nice spark as a gadget player, but that's almost certainly what he'll remain. That comes out to boom-or-bust WR5 status. He isn't worth rostering in 12-14 team leagues.
Sep 23 - 6:50 PM

Devin Hester caught just one pass for 25 yards in Atlanta's Week 3 demolition of the Bucs, but added a 20-yard rushing touchdown and punt-return score.

Hester took a second-quarter punt 62 yards to the house, giving him 20 combined career kickoff- and punt-return touchdowns to break Deion Sanders' record. Overall, Hester totaled 68 yards on three punts as his former coach Lovie Smith bafflingly kept kicking it to him. Hester's rushing score — which put the Falcons up 28-0 15 minutes into the game — was the first of his career. Although Hester was everywhere tonight, he drew just one target in the passing game, even with Roddy White sitting out. He remains off the fantasy radar.
Sep 18 - 11:17 PM

Devin Hester caught his lone target for two yards in Atlanta's Week 2 loss to the Bengals.

We hope you didn't rush out to add Hester after his five-catch Week 1. Perhaps he'll have 1-2 more blowup games as the Falcons' No. 4 receiver, but Hester has proven time and again that he can't be counted on for consistent production on offense.
Sep 14 - 6:06 PM

Devin Hester caught 5-of-6 targets for 99 yards in the Falcons' Week 1 win over the Saints.

The Falcons made it clear they planned to use Hester in the passing game during the preseason, and made good on that promise Week 1. Hester made several big plays against New Orleans, and looked dangerous with the ball in his hands. Still, we have seen the Hester as a wide receiver movie enough times to know this will not work out in the long run. He is best left on the waiver wire.
Sep 7 - 5:57 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Falcons OC Dirk Koetter said Devin Hester will "definitely have a role in our offense."

Here we go again. The Bears tried off and on for eight years to square peg Hester into a round hole on offense, and he never managed more than four scores. Hester has two 500-yard seasons to his name. Perhaps he'll catch 20 balls as a situational deep threat. He remains off the fantasy radar.
Sep 2 - 7:47 PM

Devin Hester caught four passes for 56 yards with a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

Don't get suckered into this fluke. Hester is the Falcons' fourth receiver at best, and is expected to focus mostly on returns once the regular season gets here. Hester's six catches, 71 yards and two touchdowns over the last two weeks is more production than he'll get in any two-game stretch this year.
Aug 23 - 10:06 PM

Devin Hester does not anticipate much offensive involvement with Atlanta.

Hester has never been effective on offense, so the Falcons are letting him focus on special teams. "My role is going to be pretty much kickoff and punt return," Hester said. "I’ll take over full responsibility of that duty, and as far as on offense, here and there." Hester averaged a respectable 27.6 yards per kick return in 2013. He averaged 14.2 yards on punts, including an 81-yard score.
May 28 - 7:20 PM

Falcons agreed to terms with KR Devin Hester, formerly of the Bears, on a three-year contract.

Financial details are not yet available, but it's the end of an era for Hester, who spent the first eight years of his career with the Bears. One of the greatest return men in league history, Hester remained near the top in both punt- and kick-return average last season. Hester is a pure return man at this point — he offers nothing on offense — but could be a difference maker for a team that lacked a spark on special teams in 2013.
Mar 20 - 3:18 PM

A source tells ESPN that free agent KR Devin Hester is seeking $4 million per season.

It's a laughable request from a 31-year-old return specialist. If Hester lowers his price, he's expected to draw interest from the Falcons, Dolphins, Chiefs and Packers. Green Bay is looking to get Randall Cobb off returns so he can focus solely on offense.
Mar 19 - 12:37 PM

Free agent Devin Hester is visiting the Falcons on Tuesday.

The Falcons are in the market for a return man after Jacquizz Rodgers and Robert McClain failed to do much on kickoffs and punts, respectively. Atlanta was interested in Trindon Holliday before he signed with the Giants on Monday. Hester finished sixth in kickoff return average and third on punt returns in 2013.
Mar 18 - 9:07 AM

The Dolphins reportedly have interest in free agent Devin Hester.

The feeling is mutual as Hester said he would "love to play for the Dolphins." Hester would help a Dolphins return unit that averaged only 7.8 yards on punt returns and 21.5 yards on kick returns. He is also open to playing wide receiver. Hester averaged 27.6 yards on 52 kickoff returns last season.
Mar 15 - 1:08 PM

The Chiefs reportedly have interest in free agent Devin Hester.

Although Hester is 31 years old and not an option in the passing game, he's still going to attract a reasonable market as a strict return man. The Chiefs view him as a replacement for free agent Dexter McCluster and the Bucs with old friend Lovie Smith are expected to come calling.
Mar 11 - 11:49 AM

Free agent Devin Hester confirmed he won't be back with the Bears.

"From my knowledge, I know that Chicago wants to go a different route with me," admitted Hester, who's been a Bear since Lovie Smith drafted him in 2006. Finally back to being just a return man last season, Hester averaged 27.6 yards on 52 kickoff returns (fifth in the NFL) and brought back one punt for a score. The Bears have confirmed Hester is a goner, thanking him for his services on the way out.
Source: NFL Network
Mar 6 - 8:27 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Devin Hester is as good as gone from Chicago.

Hester has been with Chicago since 2006. There are rumblings Hester may be reunited with former coach Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay, but Rapoport does not see it happening. Hester was used as a strict return man in 2013, finishing fifth in kick-return average at 27.7 yards per return.
Mar 4 - 7:42 PM

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