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WR Devin Hester - Atlanta Falcons

5-11, 185Born: 11-4-1982College: Miami (Fl)Drafted: Round 2

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Distractions like playing wide receiver should not be an issue for Devin Hester in Atlanta. He is there to be a returner.
The temptation to subject receiver Harry Douglas to injury risk on punt returns should be over for the Falcons now that Devin Hester is available.

Week 13: vs Arizona Cardinals

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Matt Ryan did his part to win the game for Atlanta vs. Cleveland, with 27/43 for 273 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown (with three sacks taken for -21 yards), but the defense failed in the waning seconds and Cleveland kicked a game-winning field goal with zero seconds left on the clock. As usual, Roddy White (10 targets for 9/96/0 receiving) and Julio Jones (13 for 5/68/1) saw most of Ryans passes, while Devin Hester (six for 4/50/0) also played a key role in the offense last Sunday. The Falcons can move the football through the air, but they can't seem to catch up to the points their defense bleeds week in and week out. The Cardinals' pass D limited Russell Wilson to 17/22 for 169 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown (with a whopping seven sacks for -42 yards, plus 11 other hits on the quarterback) last weekend, but lost 3-19 despite the good defensive effort - two weeks ago, Matthew Stafford and Detroit didn't manage a single TD at Arizona with 18/30 for 164 net yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown (four sacks taken for -19 yards). During November the Cardinals have played excellent pass defense - they've overcome the early-season woes that placed them at 25th in the NFL averaging 254.6 net passing yards allowed per game as of this week. Ryan has done his part in recent weeks, but he faces a resurgent Arizona pass D that is shutting down quality opponents right now. Advantage, Arizona.

Recent Stats and Projections

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10 at TB 1 0 0 4 1 5 0 0
11 at CAR 1 9 0 3 3 34 0 1
12 vs CLE 0 0 0 6 4 50 0 0
13 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 2 * * *
13 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 2 * * *
13 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs TB (4 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

The receiver was wide open up the left sideline in the end zone on third down late in the half, and he dropped the ball. The next series, Hester was held to no gain on a reverse. He was also overshot on a third down slant where he got wide open and could have run for extra yards. The best play from Hester was a 43-yard kick return late in the half that gave Atlanta a chance to kick a field goal for the lead. In the third quarter, Hester was open up the seam, but Ryan also overshot this throw and Hester could only dive for the ball, coming up inches shy of his fingertips. Hester suffered an ankle injury during the fourth quarter and did not return.

2014 Week 11 vs CAR (3 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

The Falcons' third receiver earned nine yards on an end around in the early third quarter, which was the first touch of the game for him in the offense. He had a nice run after the catch to work inside the Carolina 25 on an out route later in the same series. But Hester's game fell apart after that. In the second half, Hester helped instigate an on-field fight that delayed the game for a couple of minutes. When play resumed, Hester caught a wide receiver screen and earned yards after the reception until linebacker Thomas Davis delivered a hard shot to dislodge the ball from the receiver, and Carolina recovered.

2014 Week 12 vs CLE (6 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)

He got wide open in the fourth series, but he had to come back for the ball to earn 13 yards in left flat. He also earned gained 13 yards on an out with rookie Justin Gilbert giving a huge cushion in the right flat. There was also a wide open streak up the right sideline that Matt Ryan underthrew that if placed ahead of Hester, the receiver likely earns a big play. The biggest play from Hester was a return of a missed field goal at the end of the half for 70 yards where he fooled the kicking team into thinking he wasn't going to run it out. He was one player away from scoring on this return.

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Latest News

Falcons | Friday practice report for Week 12 (Fri Nov 21, 03:33 PM) - Atlanta Falcons CB Robert Alford (wrist) and OT Jonathan Scott (hamstring) both did not practice Friday, Nov. 21, and have been ruled out for Week 12. OG Jon Asamoah (shoulder), DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee), FB Patrick DiMarco (illness), WR Harry Douglas (foot) and WR Devin Hester (wrist) all fully practiced Friday, Nov. 21, and are probable for Week 12.

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Falcons | Thursday injury report (Thu Nov 20, 03:22 PM) - Atlanta Falcons CB Robert Alford (wrist), FB Patrick DiMarco (illness) and OT Jonathan Scott (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 20. OG Jon Asamoah (shoulder), DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee) and WE Devin Hester (wrist) fully participated in practice.

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Falcons | Wednesday practice report (Wed Nov 19, 04:05 PM) - Atlanta Falcons CB Robert Alford (wrist), WR Harry Douglas (foot) and OT Jonathan Scott (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 19. OG Jon Asamoah (shoulder) was limited, while DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee) and WR Devin Hester (wrist) practiced in full.

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Falcons | Devin Hester injured (Sun Nov 16, 03:25 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (wrist) suffered a wrist injury in Week 11 and is considered questionable to return.

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Falcons | Devin Hester expected to play (Sun Nov 16, 08:20 AM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (ankle) is expected to play Sunday, Nov. 16.

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Schedule

13vs Arizona Cardinals
14@ Green Bay Packers
15vs Pittsburgh Steelers
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Carolina Panthers