For Devin Hester, Returning Is Better Than Receiving

Devin Hester upset Pro Bowl is ditching kick returns

What guy can play 50-60 plays on offense and be as effective as a return man as they can be? The second quarter, your legs are shot. Youre not really peaking at 100 percent of speed. It wears down your body throughout the whole week. And then trying to go in a game and do 50-60 plays on offense as well as returns its pretty much impossible. Ive never seen a guy who can do that and last. So even though he might look bored standing on the sideline during offensive drills, Hester said hes enjoying the benefits of his dedicated kick-return role for the first time in his NFL career. (Hester was a defensive back as a rookie in 2006.) Im a lot fresher than Ive ever been coming out of camp, he said. Thats the most important thing right now is to start the season without any nagging injuries.

Bears’ Devin Hester comfortable focusing on just returns

Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) high steps into the end zone for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium.

Cheetah as part of Nat Geo Wilds Big Cat Week. An illustration of what we think Chris Johnson racing a cheetah will look like. (Photos: George Walker IV/The Tennessean and Christophe Beaudufe/AFP) Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson is used to facing Jaguars twice a year. In November, Johnson and Chicago Bears receiver Devin Hester will showcase their speed against an actual cheetah on Nat Geo Wild. According the The Wrap, both players faced off in foot races against the big cat for a special calledMan vs. Cheetah, which will air as part of the networks fourth annual Big Cat Week this fall. Via The Wrap : This is most incredible challenge Ive ever faced, said Johnson, running back for the Tennessee Titans. I wanted to go up against the fastest in the world and test myself, and this was it! Johnsons 4.24 40 yard dash in 2008 still stands as the fastest time ever at the NFL scouting combine. He got off to a slow start in the first three games of 2012 before rebounding to finish with 1,243 yards on the season and average 4.5 yards per carry. Itll be interesting to see if this unique offseason training has him ready to fly a little earlier in 2013.

Hesters first return covered 76 yards and set up Martellus Bennetts 1-yard TD catch to tie the score, an answer to Cordarelle Pattersons stunning 105-yard TD kick return to open the game. Later, Hester ripped off returns of 80 and 42 yards. It wasnt his fault the Bears turned over the ball both times. But Hester had done his job against the easiest mark he has found since coming into the NFL. By the last four minutes, the Vikings were so scared that they pooched a kickoff while trying to protect a lead. Joe Anderson returned it to the Bears 34. Jay Cutler did the rest.

Lions cover units made Devin Hester a non-factor Sunday

In this season’s affair, the ball will be placed on the 25-yard line at the start of each quarter and after scoring plays. Hester, a three-time Pro Bowl player and the league’s all-time leader for combined kick and punt return touchdowns, obviously isn’t thrilled with the tweak. “That was one of my goals for this season,” Hester told the Chicago Tribune. “I won’t make the Pro Bowl. They can’t do that.” They can, and they did. But Hester has a point. It’s not uncommon for return specialists to have Pro Bowl incentives woven into their contracts . That means fewer greenbacks for guys like Hester and Josh Cribbs . Schein: Early returns, early concerns The first week of training camp brought a number of big developments across the NFL.

Hester wants Hall-of-Fame season

“No doubt about it,” Washington said. “Look at his numbers; no one has done what he’s done. People say, ‘Special teams don’t play enough plays.’ They talked about [Buffalo’s] Steve Tasker , but he didn’t get in. We’re talking about guys who purely change the game. I mean, in his first season, he practically got the Bears to the Super Bowl all by himself.” ESPN’s John Clayton, like Peterson’s shoes, is already in the Hall of Fame. Four years ago, he was installed in the writers’ wing and is an annual voter. “Odds of Devin making it aren’t good,” Clayton wrote in an email. “He’s competing against 10- to 15-year vets with multiple trips to the Pro Bowl. I think he can make the final 15, but it’s a tough battle for a special-teams success to beat out every-down players.” Metcalf begs to differ.

Chris Johnson and Devin Hester will race a cheetah on TV

Louis Rams the first quarter. Daniel Shirey, USA TODAY Sports Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill throws a pass in the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts. Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is unable to make a catch while being defended by Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes during the fourth quarter. Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck tries to pass over Dolphins linebacker Phillip Wheeler during the first half. Thomas J. Russo, USA TODAY Sports Indianapolis running back Donald Brown is tackled by Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones in the first half. Thomas J. Russo, USA TODAY Sports Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill throws a pass against the Indianapolis Colts. Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshow scores a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins. Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller scores a touchdown during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts. Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports Houston Texans running back Ben Tate runs with the ball in overtime against Tennessee Titans safety George Wilson. Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels scores a third quarter touchdown against Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard. Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson has a pass tipped away by Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty in the second quarter. Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker scrambles past Houston Texans linebacker Brooks Reed in the second quarter. Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith loses the ball after being tackled by Dallas Cowboys free safety Barry Church. Denny Medley, USA TODAY Sports Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles scores a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half. Denny Medley, USA TODAY Sports Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in action during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears. Jerry Lai, USA TODAY Sports Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith breaks up a pass intended for Chicago Bears tight end Steve Maneri. Dennis Wierzbicki, USA TODAY Sports Bears cornerback Tim Jennings leaps over Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder on his http://www.chicagobearsimage.com/home/111-women-s-game-chicago-bears-23-devin-hester-nike-team-color-blue-nfl-jersey.html way to a pick six during the second quarter. Dennis Wierzbicki, USA TODAY Sports Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen celebrates after forcing a fumble that was returned for a touchdown by defensive end Brian Robison. Dennis Wierzbicki, USA TODAY Sports Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder scrambles past Chicago Bears defensive end Corey Wootton during the first quarter. Jerry Lai, USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (95) celebrates after a sack of New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (95) sacks New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) gets tackled by New York Jets free safety Antonio Allen (39) and cornerback Dee Milliner (27) during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (85) dives for a ball against New York Jets cornerback Dee Milliner (27) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mark L.

Welcome back, Devin Hester

Devin Hester receives a punt as the Vikings pursue him.

______ Sep 18, 2013 2:48 PM crownofthehelmet says: Sep 18, 2013 2:33 PM He wont win it again this week. But not from lack of opportunities, as the Steelers will be kicking off many, many times in this game. ________________________________ Looks like we found the Steelers version of Logicalvoicesays Good for you man. Im just glad your idiotic non-sense doesnt include hashtags. vikingfan1971 says: Sep 18, 2013 3:00 PM us viking fans kept saying dont kick to hester but they dont listen sigh thedano says: Sep 18, 2013 3:04 PM @Rick Spielman Im not worried about the Bears. They are perfect but should compete for a playoff spot. Im happy with the direction the organization is moving from the previous regime. But I wont after losses be crying about the weather, or going on other teams articles to whine and cry.

Devin Hester is truly something special

Devin Hester

Those guys are really good returners. I think that our guys were up for the challenge this week. Did a nice job of kick location and depth when it came to Devin Hester. “Special teams is a teams sport, it’s not about individual achievement. It’s about what the group is able to do and I think we’re on the right track there.” Bonamego also spoke on a couple other developments from Sunday’s game: On Micheal Spurlock ‘s 57-yard punt return: “That was a nice run by Micheal. He picked up some good blocks from guys along the way and made two guys miss. That’s kind of how those plays happen. Punters in this league are so good that you really have to take the mentality that you have to be swinging at each pitch.

Devin Hester named special teamer of the week for 13th time

“I don’t think so,” DeCamillis said. “He has shown through practices and even in the game situation the other night that he still has juice.” The suspicion is that Hester is primed for a big year, depending on the number of opportunities he gets. The team has shown no interest in expanding his role. When Earl Bennett went down, nobody told Hester to jump into a receivers drill. When Kelvin Hayden went down, nobody told Hester to play some corner. “We’re going to stick to the play,” Hester said of being only a return ace. Since the inception of the so-called Hester Rule, moving kickoffs from the 30- to the 35-yard line, touchbacks have gone from around 16 percent of kickoffs to more than 40 percent. That means fewer chances. And there long has been a book on punting to Hester with teams choosing to sky punt and force him to make decisions instead of directional punting.

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