The Falcons scored big with the offseason acquisition of Devin Hester. Hester, even at 31, can still be an explosive asset to any roster including a youthful squad such as the Falcons.
Outside of being the best return specialist in the modern day era, Hester has proven that he can play a solid role on the offense as a wide out with his former team the Chicago Bears.
However, Hester’s role on offense diminished significantly last season with Chicago. This was due in part to the emergence of Alshon Jeffrey. Hester did not play a single snap on offense last season despite the fact that Chicago typically ran multi-receiver sets.
It should be already be expected by Falcons faithful that Hester will play a significant role on special teams as the return specialist. The ultimate question is how will offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter integrate Hester into the offense? With Roddy White and Julio Jones as the No. 1 and No. 2 receivers, it will be interesting to see if Hester will be inserted as the third slot receiver over Harry Douglas or the fourth slot receiver in long yardage situations to stretch the field.
Either way, the Falcons should expect Hester to make significant contributions where he can. Although Hester’s primary job description is not that of a premier wide out, he has proven he can play a huge role on offense. Every season, with the exception of 2013, since 2007 he has had at least one touchdown reception.
With the versatility of both Devin Hester and Harry Douglas the receiving corps as well as the special teams should be another intriguing component of the Falcons this upcoming season.