For the past nine years Devin Hester has electrified the NFL with his elite return ability. The only difference this season is the face that he will be in a Falcons uniform. Atlanta and the electrifying return man and wide receiver came to an agreement today on a three year contract. Although he may be past his prime Hester, 30, still managed to return a punt for a touchdown and catch a touchdown pass last season. He will bring immediate credibility to the Falcons return game that never really materialized in 2013. His career return stats are remarkable, in nine years Hester is tied with Deion Sanders with 19 total return touchdowns.
Hester will primarily be used as a return man and without a doubt will find a way to contribute on the offensive side of the football. As Atlanta’s primary return man, Hester will not only return most of the kicks but he will also draw attention from the newly signed and equally dangerous Javier Arenas. The tandem of Hester and Arenas defiantly makes special teams a strength for Atlanta. On the offensive side of the football, Hester’s impact could be similar to that of Ted Ginn last year for the Carolina Panthers. Due to the extensive amount of attention Julio Jones and Roddy White receive Atlanta will undoubtedly design a couple of plays per game for Devin Hester to demonstrate his legendary speed and knack for finding the end zone. Much like Ginn, Hester is a nine route waiting to happen and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will look to enhance the screen game by making sure Matt Ryan gives him the ball.
The signing of Hester is definitely a positive one and although the Atlanta Falcons spent most of their money in free agency on bolstering the offensive and defensive lines, and rightfully so, the signing of Devin Hester was a necessary one. At the end of the day Hester is a monumental upgrade over anything Atlanta would have put out on the field. This signing will allow JacQuizz Rodgers to take a more offensive role now that he is off special teams. How do you feel Falcon fans?