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WR Devin Hester - Atlanta Falcons

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

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Preseason player page

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.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 29): Hester made the most of Harry Douglas's absence, and he should be a bigger part of this high-flying pass offense going forward. If Roddy White or Julio Jones miss time, he could start and be a quality WR3/Flex. Hester is somewhere that has embraced his role as a receiver, so don't assume his newfound numbers are a fluke.

General News (Wed Oct 1): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 5: at New York Giants

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs NO 0 0 0 6 5 99 0 0
2 at CIN 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0
3 vs TB 1 20 1 1 1 25 0 0
4 at MIN 0 0 0 7 5 70 1 0
5 at NYG PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 2 * * *
5 at NYG PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 4 * * *
5 at NYG PROJ-Bloom 1 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs CIN (1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Hester had an excellent return to open the game with a 36-yard run. He was patient but decisive weaving through three different lanes to work up the right hash. He also earned a quick throw-out for two yards on second down during the first series, but Adam Jones stood-up Hester and dropped the receiver immediately for a minimal gain. After this play, Hester did not receive another target and his only other touches were in the return game, including a nice job of working from the end zone to the opposite sideline for 34 yards. It appeared that Atlanta had a very different game plan for the slot receivers compared to what it did against the Saints

2014 Week 3 vs TB (1 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec, 1 / 20 / 1 rush)

Tampa almost got into this game when Levine Toilolo was stripped after the catch with 7:25 in the first quarter inside the Tampa 25, but Devin Hester stripped the defensive back inside the Tampaa, preventing a Tampa drive at midfield. Hester began the second quarter with an end around up the left sideline for a 20-yard score, earning good blocks from Julio Jones at the 10 near the sideline and fullback Patrick Demarco. Hester also split a long, narrow seam up the left flat for a touchdown on a 66-yard punt return that broke Deion Sanders record of 19 total return touchdowns. He was only targeted once as a receiver, earning 25 yards on an intermediate route.

2014 Week 4 vs MIN (7 / 5 / 70 / 1 rec)

The former Bear almost scored in the first half on a double-move against cornerback Xavier Rhodes, earning a step on the corner. However, the defender knocked the ball loose from Hester's grip in the end zone on an excellent throw. Matt Ryan later overthrew Hester on a drag route and the receiver had to make the catch near the boundary at an angle where he couldn't turn up field for a positive gain. Hester's biggest play was a quick swing pass on third down for a 36-yard score. Hester fought through a wrap and spun off a hit for most of the yardage up the right sideline. He also put an effective shake move on a defender to earn 15 yards up the left flat on a fourth-quarter pass. Hester actually had the most productive day among the three Falcons receivers.


Latest News

Falcons | Wednesday practice report for Week 5 (Wed Oct 1, 04:40 PM) - Atlanta Falcons OG Justin Blalock (back) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. WR Devin Hester (ankle), S Kemal Ishmael (ankle) and LB Prince Shembo (knee) all were limited in practice.

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Falcons | Friday injury report for Week 4 (Fri Sep 26, 02:35 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (ankle), LB Prince Shembo (calf) and RB Antone Smith (hamstring) all fully practiced and are probable for Week 4.

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Falcons | Devin Hester fully practices (Thu Sep 25, 03:27 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 25.

Our View: Hester has actually had some fantasy value for his owners, and we see him as a WR4/5, though he may be worth more if you league counts return yards or scores for individual players.
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Falcons | Wednesday practice report (Wed Sep 24, 04:19 PM) - Atlanta Falcons LB Prince Shembo (calf) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 24. WR Devin Hester (ankle) and RB Antone Smith (hamstring) practiced in full.

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Falcons | Devin Hester leaves game (Thu Sep 18, 10:11 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester left the game early Week 3 because of cramps and is considered questionable to return.

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Footballguys Articles

Gut Check No.314: 2014 Fantasy If . . . Then
  Matt Waldman - September 1
Returner Recap and Latest News: Week 5
  Greg Russell - September 30
Money Talks (Free Agent Bidding Advice): Week 5
  Jeff Pasquino - September 30
Week 4 Wide Receiver Tiers
  Sigmund Bloom - September 25
Returner Recap and Latest News: Week 4
  Greg Russell - September 24
Week 3 Wide Receiver Tiers
  Sigmund Bloom - September 18
Returner Recap and Latest News: Week 3
  Greg Russell - September 17
Roundtable #2
  FBG Staff - September 11
Returner Recap and Latest News: Week 2
  Greg Russell - September 10
Fantasy Significant Returners and Your Draft
  Greg Russell - August 23

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2014 Punt & Kick Return Studs, Depth Charts
  Brandon Niles - July 16


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