WR Devin Hester - Free Agent
|5-11, 185||Born: 11-4-1982||College: Miami (Fl)||Drafted: Round 2|
2014 Week 1 vs NO (6 / 5 / 99 / 0 rec)
The Falcons weren't lying when they said they were excited about using Hester in the offense. From the onset of the game, the Matt Ryan targeted Hester. The receiver was open a crossing route on 3rd and 11 during the first series, but Ryan overshot the target due to pressure. Despite the inauspicious beginning, Hester continued to get open and make plays, including a 3rd and 8 corner route for 35 yards up the left sideline where Ryan did a strong job of climbing a collapsing pocket to find the receiver. Hester also gained 19 yards over middle at end of half with less than 30 seconds to prolong a drive that ended with a field goal. The receiver then earned 15 yards on a crossing where he broke his route under Julio Jones' release - something the Saints does with Brandin Cooks. In fact, don't be surprised of Hester earns a lot of packages that seem similar to Cooks. Hester was had the second-most receiving yards on the team this week. Don't be surprised if Hester continues running free against nickel and dime corners or mismatched linebackers in this offense.
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.
2014 Week 5 vs NYG (4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
The Falcons' No.3 receiver should have scored in this game. He ran an effective step with an outside move at the top of the route and then broke inside towards the end zone. However, Hester flattened his break and Matt Ryan led Hester a couple of steps inside and out of the receiver's reach. It appeared Hester overcorrected his break based on his adjustment a step or two into his break and this was the difference between an incomplete pass and a 21-yard touchdown. He was featured on an end around after the two-minute warning, but the Giants' defense strung out the run and limited Hester to four yards. The final only two catches Hester had in this game came late in the fourth quarter when the contest was out of hand.
2014 Week 6 vs CHI (1 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)
The extent of Hester's day was a 23-yard gain as the slot receiver to the left of the formation on a slant against the Bears' zone. Hester's other reception off a Matt Ryan scramble was nullified by offsetting penalties at the line of scrimmage.
2014 Week 7 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
The Falcons' third receiver gained four on a 3rd and 17 check-down to the flat that the Ravens surrounded easily and limited Hester in the first half. Hester had two more targets in this game and one drew a facemask penalty late in the game that earned Atlanta an even closer look in the red zone. Like his teammates on the depth chart, Hester's production is linked to pass protection and it makes him a boom-bust option.
2014 Week 8 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Harry Douglas returned to the line and Atlanta used the receiver more often in three wide sets. Hester was not a factor in this game.
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.
2014 Week 13 vs ARI (4 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
It was a stronger day for Douglas than Hester, but Altanta tried to get the former Bear involved early. One of his targets was a drag route that Hester broke too far towards the quarterback and the target arrived high and incomplete. Hester only managed a 10-yard reception on the day.
2014 Week 14 vs GB (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ryan appeared ready to throw away a designed rollout to the right, but hesitated and then tried to throw the ball blind to Devin Hester. Morgan Burnett intercepted it and returned the ball to the Atlanta 20 with 6:30 left in the half. Other than this play and kick returns--none really impressive--Hester was limited on a jet sweep to no gain inside the three of Green Bay.
2014 Week 15 vs PIT (6 / 5 / 85 / 1 rec)
Ryan threw the quick out to Devin Hester at the left sideline from a spread look on 3rd and 2 for a first down. Hester had two quality returns in the first quarter, including one where he weaved from the middle and to the left flat at the end of the quarter to get Atlanta within a first down of midfield. Hester scored on a perfectly delivered seam route to the back of the end zone on third down in the mid-second quarter. Hester later earned a big gain up the left flat in the early second half on a fine run into Steeler territory. He later caught a quick crossing route in the late third quarter and then nearly scored on a nine-yard route to the flat where Hester gained most of it off a Roddy White block. Ryan overthrew Hester on a rub route that earned an offensive pass interference foul on Harry Douglas that should have been a touchdown if executed a little better. Overall Hester was a major factor to supplement the loss of Julio Jones this week.
2014 Week 16 vs NO (3 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
The Falcons' YAC specialist had a nine-yard gain on a screen to get past midfield to set up a 3rd and 1 early in the game. He also connected with Matt Ryan up the left sideline for a first down on third and short in the early fourth quarter after Atlanta stripped Jimmy Graham at the goal line. Other than kick returns for reasonable gains, Hester was relatively quiet.
2014 Week 17 vs CAR (6 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
His best play was a kick return where he shook a wrap near the 15 of Atlanta and bounced the play to the opposite sideline to the Carolina 35. He later gained 13 on a Matt Ryan scramble with a pass over the middle. Late in the third quarter, Hester was stuffed on a screen. A quiet day for the Falcons' passing game unless you can hear the ringing in Matt Ryan's ears.
2012 Week 1 vs IND (2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec, 1 / -4 / 0 rush)
The Bears have definitely shifted away from a 'Hester focused' offense. He is much more of a secondary player in this offense now, but that may make him even more dangerous. On several plays they brought Hester in motion, but either ran up the middle or threw in another direction. But the defense had to respect Hester and his speed, and therefore the other plays were frequently successful. For the game, he had three touches. The first was a deep crossing route where Hester was open, caught the pass, spun and gained another five yards after the catch. The other two touches were actually for losses - the first being an end around that the Colts sniffed out and Hester eventually just fell to the ground for a four yard loss. The final catch was a short pass to the left side, but Hester was tackled immediately for a two yard loss. Hester is still returning punts and kicks, and he had a nice 23 yard punt return at the start of the 3rd quarter.
2012 Week 2 vs GB (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hester began the game as one of the three starting wide receivers on offense. However, his primary contribution was on special teams with punt and kick returns. He did have one target - a medium curl route at the end of the third quarter. However, he dropped the pass and he was not targeted the rest of the game.
2012 Week 3 vs STL (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Hester did most of his damage on special teams - where the Rams were so afraid to kick to him that they frequently punted the ball out of bounds. He had a couple passes thrown his way, but finished the day without a catch, despite being the 'starter' opposite Marshall. The first pass of the game was supposed to be a quick dump to him, but the defense penetrated and Cutler had to pull the ball down. Hester hesitated, then broke up field just as Cutler threw the ball back to him and it fell incomplete. It was a sign of things to come for the day. Hester's only offensive production came late in the first quarter - where he motioned right to left and Cutler pitched him the ball after the snap. Hester hit the corner and then turned on the jets before being pushed out of bounds on an eight yard gain. Hester did have a chance for a big play late in the game. On second and goal from the four, Cutler lobbed him the ball while he was working one on one in the corner. The ball was a little high, but Hester miss-timed his jump and the ball went through his hands and fell incomplete. Hester may still be the starter, but he's definitely behind Alshon Jeffery in the wide receiver pecking order.
2012 Week 4 vs DAL (4 / 3 / 38 / 1 rec)
Hester was bottled up for most of the game, but he came up big when it mattered. Late In the first quarter, Hester had two short receptions for just four yards total, and he was tackled immediately after both catches. He missed a pass deep down the middle of the field when he failed to recognize that the pass was down the middle and he didn't even make a play for it as he continued down the right side of the field. However, on the opening drive of the third quarter, Hester pulled a beautiful double-move on the rookie corner Morris Claiborne, and Cutler hit him perfectly for a big 34 yard TD reception. He was involved in all of the punt returns, but the Dallas Special Teams kept his return capacity to a minimum.
2012 Week 5 vs JAX (4 / 2 / 49 / 0 rec)
Hester started the game opposite Brandon Marshall at WR, but he finished the game with just two receptions. Cutler targeted him on a deep pass down the right side late in the second quarter, but Hester wasn't looking for the curl and kept running while the ball was thrown incomplete behind him. Cutler went right back to him on a short square in and Hester made a much better play, catching the ball and fighting forward for a gain of 11. He was targeted late in the 3rd on a come-back route, but it looked like the ball slipped out of Cutler's hand as he threw it and when Hester went up to get it, he was hit hard and the pass fell incomplete. On the next drive, Hester put on a great double move and broke down the right side of the field. Cutler threw a nice pass well out in front of him and Hester made a nice diving catch for a big 39 yard gain. He was shaken up a bit on the play, but had eye drops put in and returned a few plays later. He didn't have a target but finished the game on the field and was fine.
2012 Week 7 vs DET (6 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
In the game that many hoped with be Hester's chance to break the return TD record, he was quiet and ineffective. By the end of the game, he wasn't even returning punts. He opened the game as the #2 WR opposite Brandon Marshall, he only had one pass thrown his way in the first quarter - and that was too far out of his reach to catch. He had two targets in the second quarter, but the first was too high and the second went right through his hands. His best play didn't come until the 4th quarter - when Jay Cutler dumped the ball to him after the snap. Hester broke through an arm-tackle from the defender and sprinted up the field for a big 23 yard catch and run. He drew a pass interference call three plays later that got Chicago out of a 2nd and 18 situation and kept the drive alive. Three plays later Cutler hit him on a quick slant that was almost picked off but Hester made a nice catch and turned it into an eight yard gain. Five plays later on 3rd and 18, Cutler hit Hester on a short crossing route - good for just seven yards and the Bears had to punt.
2012 Week 8 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Hester was a non-factor in this game as the Panthers chose to do anything they could to not kick the ball to him on punts and kickoffs and Jay Cutler didn't look his direction very often. While he has shown some good ability on Stop-N-Go routes over the course of the last month, he's not a big part of this offense on a week to week basis.
2012 Week 9 vs TEN (2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Hester's biggest play was a 44 yard punt return early in the game that setup a TD. Hester remains a serious threat in the return game, yet continues to get the ball kicked to him for some unknown reason.
2012 Week 10 vs HOU (4 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
Another disappointing game for Devin Hester. His return game is still really good, but on a wet field with the Texans kicking away from him, his impact was more in the field position the Bears enjoyed because they didn't want to kick to him. As for #2 WR for the Bears? His first catch was a short crossing route on 3rd and 1 - he didn't get the first down. He had two passes thrown his way at the start of the second quarter and both were well defended. His best catch was a 42 yard catch and run that was called back because Cutler was over the line of scrimmage when he threw the ball and the shot that Cutler took to complete the pass gave him a concussion that kept him out of the second half. He ended the first half with a four yard curl route on 3rd and 10. He wasn't targeted again until the final drive of the game - where he caught a seven yard pass down the left side of the field, but it was called back for a holding penalty. Field conditions played a big role in him not being able to get open, but the Bears continue to look to Brandon Marshall early and often.
2012 Week 11 vs SF (4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Hester's limited ability as a wide receiver were evident all game, as he was unable to get separation from coverage and showed a strange desire to simply dive forward after catching the ball, instead of running in to contact or attempting to elude tacklers. Two of his three catches occurred on the final drive with San Francisco playing soft coverage. Even with soft coverage, Hester was unable to generate much yardage after the catch.
2012 Week 12 vs MIN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hester saw very limited action in this game, and only returned 1 punt for the Bears on the opening drive. Weems returned the next punt and in the second quarter, Hester was taken to the locker room with a concussion. He did not return.
2012 Week 14 vs MIN (8 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)
Devin Hester returned to the lineup for the Bears, but was only used on punt returns. Eric Weems was used for kickoffs. As a receiver, with Alshon Jeffery in the lineup as well, Hester lined up primarily in the slot. The Bears used him on swing and short, crossing passes because the pass rush was too intense and Hester didn't' have time to get down the field. His first catch came on the opening drive, a nice 10 yard catch and run where Cutler threw him the ball after a one step drop. He had a couple more plays like this with similar, short yardage results. Perhaps the most disappointing part of Hester's day came in the 4th quarter. On 3rd and 6, with the Bears trailing by 14, Hester ran a quick slant and split the defense. Cutler hit him with a nice touch pass that would have been an easy score for Hester give his speed. But he took his eyes off of the ball and if bounced off his chest, falling incomplete. He had two catches on the final drive, and drew a pass interference call as well but at that point; the Vikings were just playing not to lose the game.
2012 Week 15 vs GB (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hester was targeted once on an interception by the Packers' Casey Heyward. Hester had lined up in the slot and Hayward had him well-covered on his route. It appeared that Jay Cutler had expected Hester to either stop or turn upfield, but Hester ran a slant across the field instead. The result was a badly thrown ball way behind Hester which was picked off. Hester may have run the wrong route, but the ball never should have left Cutler's hand either. Hester was well contained on returns as well. It's befuddling to see him lining up as a wide receiver game after game with little result, while Dane Sanzenbacher hangs out on the bench. Hester looked better early this season, but has regressed and hasn't been a factor in some time.
2012 Week 17 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Hester was only involved in the offense on a short end-around early in the second quarter. Despite the fact that Cutler was spreading the ball around, Hester was not a guy that he looked to at any point. On returns, Hester looked very tentative, and his poor decision making on the opening drive of the third quarter pinned the Bears back at their own five instead of giving them the ball at the 20.
2011 Week 1 vs ATL (5 / 3 / 60 / 0 rec)
Devin Hester's contribution came almost solely on one big play. Hester was able to play to his strengths as he caught a short bubble screen pass and turned it into a big play downfield to the one yard line. Hester used his quickness and elusiveness in the open field to escape defenders all the way to the goal line. Hester really could have had a touchdown if he simply stretched the ball over the goal line at the end of the play but for some reason went out of bounds instead. Hester showed again he has play making ability with the ball in his hands, no matter what the situation. He is still limited as a WR and way behind Knox in terms of targets and production.
2011 Week 2 vs NO (9 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Had an early target on a WR screen but the Saints were prepared for it so Cutler threw it as his feet. Not much Hester could do about it. Second target was a terrible drop where he would have had a 1st down but was more worried about getting hit it would seem. Not a good game for Hester and he seems to have many of the same limitations we have seen in the past. He was targeted again in the end zone before the half but the ball was thrown over his head. Then in the 2nd half, again the ball was thrown over his head in the end zone. Hester easily could have had at least one TD if Cutler had been more accurate. Of course Hester would have still had to catch the ball which was also a challenge.
2011 Week 3 vs GB (5 / 3 / 62 / 0 rec)
The Bears tried to get Hester involved in this game, but he was unable to provide much help, except on a great fake punt return at the end of the game that was ultimately called back. His first reception was a short check-down on 3rd and 16. Hester was able to make up some ground and gained 10 yards, but fell well short of the marker, ending Chicago's opening drive. On Chicago's first play of the second quarter, Cutler threw a beautiful pass to Hester on a deep square in over the middle. The defender fell down and Hester was able catch the ball and turn back outside for a huge 37 yard gain that helped set up Chicago's first TD pass. His next involvement didn't come until the end of the third quarter when Chicago was deep in their own territory. Hester was working one on one against Charles Woodson and Cutler three the ball deep to Hester's side of the field. However, Woodson impeded his progress and slowed up Hester just long enough to the ball to sail over his head incomplete. Two plays later, Chicago lined up in a wildcat formation with Cutler split out to the left as a receiver. Unfortunately Hester jumped off side before the ball was snapped, ending any chance of a trick play surprise. Hester's only other contribution of note was getting into a fight with Sam Shields late in the fourth quarter, drawing a 15 yard unnecessary roughness penalty, and putting the Bears into a 3rd and 33 situation that they were unable to recover from.
2011 Week 4 vs CAR (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Devin Hester set a new NFL record for most punt return touchdowns in a career in this game, one of his two return touchdowns which put the Panthers in a hole early. Hester was only targeted twice as a receiver. Cutler tried to hit him down the field on a corner route but an excellent play by the covering DB broke the pass up. Hester had no chance to catch his second target, an errant, fluttering pass from an under-duress Cutler in the fourth quarter. Despite his lack of involvement as a pass catcher, his special teams contributions were the difference in this game.
2011 Week 5 vs DET (7 / 5 / 32 / 0 rec)
Took a WR screen set but could not get any blocking and was held to only 3 yards on the screen. Later on the same drive he had a ball go off his fingertips but he really needs to make that catch with his QB scrambling for his life at times. A lot of WRs in the NFL would have made the catch and cashed in for a TD, Hester did not come up with the ball, missed opportunity. He came back on the next drive though and made a spectacular leaping grab for about a 25 yard gain. Why he can't do that on every play is a mystery especially the easier balls that are thrown his way.
2011 Week 6 vs MIN (7 / 5 / 91 / 1 rec)
Devin Hester has been used less and less as a receiver by Chicago, in hopes of keeping him fresh for a few big plays throughout the game. It paid off against Minnesota as Hester had two big plays that kept the Vikings on their heels for most of the game. On the opening drive, Cutler was under pressure, he moved around the pocket and flung the ball deep down the middle of the field. Hester had beaten the two safeties and the ball landed perfectly in his arms for a huge 48 yard TD reception to open the game. In the second quarter, Cutler again found Hester on a deep crossing route - Hester made the catch and broke down field for a big 23 yard gain that set up Sanzenbacher's TD pass on the next play. Finally, in the 3rd quarter, after the Vikings had scored in an attempt to come back, Hester took the following kickoff, blew through an arm tackle and broke the back of the Vikings with a huge 98 yard TD return. He left the game in the 4th quarter with a chest injury, but has already been pronounced fine for next weeks' game against Tampa in England.
2011 Week 7 vs TB (9 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec, 1 / -6 / 0 rush)
Hester got enough targets to salvage a decent fantasy day in PPR leagues, but none were deep targets, and he and Cutler couldn't hook up on his end zone target. Hester did get a good release for inside position on his first reception, and he got open inside the five later, only to have Cutler underthrow him. Hester is still trying to make every catch a huge play, and he gave up easy yards after the catch to try to make a cutback against wily vet Ronde Barber. He is a rosterable fantasy WR, especially in return yardage leagues, but Hester is just a bye week/injury play at this point.
2011 Week 9 vs PHI (5 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Hester missed all kinds of opportunities and ended the game by limping off the field in the 4th quarter. He fell down on his first target of the day, although the pass was not particularly close. He dropped his second target that hit him right in the chest. He beat Asante Samuel deep by a couple of steps but had to slow down when he was underthrown and again dropped the pass. Hester's injury came on a non-contact play, and it looked to be a lower leg injury of some kind.
2011 Week 10 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Devin Hester started the game at WR, but did not have an offensive catch. He came in nursing an ankle injury and he was frequently on the sidelines when the Bears were on the field. However, in typical Devin Hester style, he did his most damage on special teams. His first return came near the end of the first quarter, and he nearly broke that one back for a TD, being tackled by the punter after a 29 yard return. On the following series, the Lions kicked the ball over his head, and he actually miss-handled the punt, trying to catch the ball over his shoulder. However, he recovered quickly and exploded through the Detroit wedge, racing down the sideline for an 82 yard TD that was the highlight of the game. Three plays later the Lions kicked to him again, and he broke that one for a big 35 yard return before it was called back for a holding penalty. After that, the Lions kicked the ball out of bounds and Hester eventually was pulled from the game to give him some additional rest because he had strep throat.
2011 Week 11 vs SD (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hester did a nice job on a couple of long punt returns, though the second one was taken back after a penalty. Offensively, he was not a factor.
2011 Week 13 vs KC (4 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
Hester's first catch of the game was a nine yard catch and run that was a well designed play. Hester came in motion after the snap, but stopped once he got behind the line and broke back out into the flat. He was defended, but Hanie rolled out in the same direction and the defender was forced to come up and try to contain him. Hanie flipped the ball out to Hester who had a nice nine yard catch and run. Hester's biggest play was a 17 yard deep sideline route near the end of the third quarter. It was a nice throw and catch given that Hanie was under pressure and rolling out to avoid the sack. Hester was also held in check for the most part on his punt retuns as well, breaking only 1 for a big 44 yard return that led to Chicago's only points of the game.
2011 Week 14 vs DEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hester started the game at receiver but was held without a catch. He did take a snap in the Wildcat but handed the ball off. He did make a big contribution as a punt returner when his 26-yard return gave the Bears great field position in the third quarter that led to their only touchdown of the game.
2011 Week 15 vs SEA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hester didn't make it onto the scoresheet as he was rarely on the field. It's hard to recommend any Bears receiver right now, but someone will have to pick up the slack with Knox out. Could be Hester - if he can overcome the ankle injury he is currently playing with.
2011 Week 16 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hester saw a couple offensive plays, but it was clear that he was not himself. He was tentative on kick and punt returns and lacked any explosion. He did not have an offensive catch and his returns numbers were pedestrian at best.
2011 Week 17 vs MIN (2 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
After being missed by McCown wide open across the middle, Hester finally hauled in a catch in the third quarter. This pass was thrown low and in front of him, but Hester made a nice diving grab for a 14 yard gain.
2010 Week 1 vs DET (1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Hester had one reception on the opening drive and then disappeared for most of the game. He was targeted only once on the second series and then did not see a pass thrown his way the rest of the game. The Lions were not particularly tough on defense, although their secondary did deliver the hard hits when they had the chance. Perhaps the Bears didn't want to risk an injury to Hester, given the fact that Aromashodu and Forte were still successful in moving the ball. Hester's primary contribution was as a punt returner, and he seems to have his aggressive step back this season after going several years without a TD return. Expect him to post more WR3 type numbers in this offense unless someone is hurt.
2010 Week 2 vs DAL (6 / 4 / 77 / 1 rec)
Hester had a wonderful game for the Bears on Sunday against the Cowboys. He had two highlight reel catches. On the first, he caught a quick slant in from Jay Cutler near the line of scrimmage before making a shifty cut inside around one defender. Once the defender had missed him, Hester turned on the jets racing up the line of scrimmage for 38 yards to the Dallas 4 yard line. On the second catch, Hester hauled in a one arm catch in the back left corner of the endzone for a touchdown that would put the Bears ahead for good. Against the Cowboys, Hester was used on quick routes across the middle and on bubble screens as Johnny Knox took most of the deep routes. Hester showed new confidence in his hands as he was diligent about watching the ball in to his grasp before turning up field. Hester's best catches came in the middle of the field where he had used his speed to create separation from the defender when the Cowboys were playing zone defense.
2010 Week 3 vs GB (5 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Was no factor in the passing game but he returned a punt for a touchdown that probably turned the game completely around for the Bears. Hester does not run sharp routes and Cutler can't find him much of the time. Hester's best skills are straight line speed and Chicago needs to dial that up more often but Cutler didn't have a lot of time last night with Cullen Jenkins and Clay Mathews in his face all night.
2010 Week 4 vs NYG (5 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
The Bears did what they could to get Hester involved but he was unable to come up with any big plays. Early in the game, he beat the Giants CB badly off the line and would have had a 50 yard touchdown but Cutler underthrew him and the ball was swatted away. For the most part, the Giants kept it away from him on punt returns. He did have a 30 yard return that was brought back for a penalty. He flashed his speed on a reverse and short catch across the middle but wasn't able to get more than 10 yards.
2010 Week 5 vs CAR (5 / 2 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Devin Hester's main contribution on Sunday was on his return, of which he had a couple that completely changed field position in favour of the Monsters of the Midway. Collins got the ball in his hands early on a quick slant, which Hester gained about 5 yards on. Hester also caught a quick screen pass from Collins, but was tackled for a loss after he tried to reverse his field. Luckily for him, the Bears drew a facemask penalty on the play. Hester's involvement was extremely limited by Collins' poor performance, but the Bears want to get the ball in this playmaker's hands.
2010 Week 6 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Hester's biggest contribution to this team was probably on special teams or in drawing a big pass interference penalty early in the game. Cutler frequently had to improvise on plays and Hester was not a high read for Cutler when this happened.
2010 Week 7 vs WAS (8 / 5 / 30 / 0 rec, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
- Devin Hester saw his role as a pass catcher reduced to that of possession receiver as he was targeted only on short passes off of slants and screens near the line of scrimmage. Despite success earlier in the season on out routes and deep passes, Hester is being called on to catch passes as the hot read or on designed screen passes while teammates Earl Bennett and Johnny Knox work downfield. Hester did have five receptions as well as two rushes, but his 35 total yards belie the problem: his yards per touch is at the lowest of his career and Hester's effectiveness as a return man seems to have been minimized as well. The Redskins punted the ball 7 times but Hester was only able to field a return once.
2010 Week 9 vs BUF (3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Hester converted two of his three targets Sunday for 23 yards. He also had one carry for negative one yard on an end-around reverse that was quickly snuffed out by Bills veteran cornerback Drayton Florence.
2010 Week 10 vs MIN (6 / 4 / 38 / 1 rec)
Hester had a poor day, as he fell over twice and led to dangerous pass attempts by Cutler. He did have a very impressive and elusive run as he caught a drag route over the middle and was able to finish the play for a touchdown by splitting two defenders with a terrific leap. Hester caught a few screens and short passes elsewhere in this game, but seemed like he lacked confidence from Cutler as he could not get a solid grip on the field.
2010 Week 11 vs MIA (5 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
He still lacks the skill set to be a great WR in the NFL but for right now he is the Bears threat to try and stretch the field. His receptions are sporadic though and he can go for long stretches in the game with no targets. Keep in mind that he also is the punt returner and can put a quick hurt on teams that forget about him back there. Why a team could forget about Devin Hester returning punts is beyond belief but Miami did punt to him a couple times and once the punter had to make the tackle to stop a TD return. One day teams will learn.
2010 Week 12 vs PHI (6 / 3 / 86 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Devin Hester caught three short passes from Jay Cutler and turned them into long gains due to his speed and ability after the catch. Hester broke free twice on catches near the line of scrimmage to gain 34 and 39 yards on two separate plays. Hester also added 87 more all-purpose yards on a punt return and three kickoff returns. Hester has big play ability but his lack of consistent involvement in the offense renders him a very risky fantasy start.
2010 Week 13 vs DET (3 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Hester was thrown to deep on a few occasions, but couldn't come up with it. He also had a nice punt return, but was brought down by the kicker. Hester is no longer one of the top threats on offense, but is being used more in spot situations to try and create big plays. But as a consistent threat on offense, it looks like the Hester experiment is coming to an end.
2010 Week 14 vs NE (4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Once again, Hester just has a few targets, though he did have a 61 yard kickoff return setting up the games only TD for Chicago. Hester is unstartable in most leagues however, as he just doesn't get enough looks in the Bears offense.
2010 Week 15 vs MIN (3 / 2 / 23 / 1 rec)
His two returns in the 2nd half of the football game were worth the price of admission. The fans were booing the punter for kicking the ball out of bounds. Hester took the opening kickoff of the 2nd half and almost returned it to the house but then later on he got his hands on a punt return and it was 23 out the gate and up the sidelines untouched for a score. He is the best return guy perhaps ever in the National Football League and that includes Deion Sanders. Hester also scored a touchdown on a nice up and in pattern into the end zone. He may never be a great wide receiver but once he has the ball in his hands he is one of the most dangerous players in the game.
2010 Week 16 vs NYJ (5 / 3 / 48 / 1 rec)
Hester is still more dangerous on punt returns than he is as a wide receiver but his speed and hands make him a tough guy to completely shutdown. On his touchdown, he was able to force Jets CB Drew Coleman away from his body and the throw. Coleman seemed to lose focus for a minute as Hester turned outside on his route and that was all the room Cutler needed to get the ball to Hester for a touchdown.
2010 Week 20 vs GB (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hester was just not on the same page as Jay Cutler, and it seemed to frustrate the Bears QB and send him into a tailspin. He failed to catch a ball even though he was open for possible TDs twice, and the all-time great return threat also failed to put his stamp on this game on special teams.
2009 Week 1 vs GB (4 / 4 / 90 / 1 rec)
Hester had two very impressive catches, starting with a great over the shoulder grab on the first drive for Chicago that showed how developed of a wideout he is becoming for the Bears. Hester later added a 36-yard touchdown sprint on a go route where Cutler hit him clean in stride. Hester adds more work as a kick returner and continues to be a big play threat every time he touches the ball. As Cutler and Hester get more comfortable and other receiving options become more of a threat on a weekly basis, Hester will push to be a true NFL WR1 for the Bears and become a starting caliber fantasy receiver.
2009 Week 2 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)
Hester was barely used except on short passes, where his penchant for dancing and trying to find an opening was smothered by the Steelers relentless pursuit. He did make the key third-down catch of the game to set up the game-winning field goal on a low target from Jay Cutler, and he'll do better when Cutler actually has time to let a deep route develop.
2009 Week 4 vs DET (1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Devin Hester had to leave the Week 4 tilt with the Detroit Lions early. Hester injured his shoulder on a tackle by S Louis Delmas on an attempted wide receiver screen and went to the locker room for testing and evaluation and did not return to action. Since Week 5 is a bye and the Bears took over the game early in the second half, keeping him out of the game was a wise move.
2009 Week 6 vs ATL (10 / 6 / 83 / 0 rec, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Hester was Chicago's most dynamic looking and most called upon player in week 6 vs Atlanta. His contribution were all over the field, from the passing game (10 targets for 6/83), to the running game (2/11), to lining up in the wildcat formation, to special teams where his returns set the Bears up with good field position multiple times. Hester was targeted in the red zone but was overthrown by Cutler in the 2nd quarter. The Bears continue to utilize Hester as much as they can and he continues to make plays. Is he a rising WR star in the NFL? Time will tell.
2009 Week 7 vs CIN (9 / 8 / 101 / 1 rec)
There's no doubt that Hester is Cutler's number one receiver. Cutler kept going back to him, even after a fumble. One deep target was thrown well, and Hester timed his jump well, but he couldn't come down with it. Cutler seemed to really lean on Hester in the two-minute drill, and Hester also made a nice play to evade tight coverage and get open on his touchdown catch.
2009 Week 8 vs CLE (8 / 7 / 81 / 0 rec, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)
Hester and Jay Cutler were on the same page all day. Deep in routes, bubble screens, slants were all effective. Hester showed strong hands on an in route, grabbing a pass just off the turf for a first down. Hester was also difficult to tackle in space, often adding multiple yards after the catch. He was again Cutler's most targeted receiver.
2009 Week 9 vs ARI (12 / 6 / 94 / 0 rec, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)
Hester began the game with a beautiful catch down sideline for a 42 yard gain; it couldn't have been more perfect as he was tightly covered and caught the ball in stride at full speed. After that, he was targeted often, both on long throws and short catch-and-run patterns. Hester made some plays but was never able to get loose after the catch, and lost ten yards on his only rush of the day.
2009 Week 10 vs SF (14 / 7 / 48 / 0 rec)
Devin Hester was the leading receiver for the Bears in Week 10, hauling in seven grabs on the night. Given all his targets (14), however, Hester should have easily topped the century mark, but the inaccuracy of QB Jay Cutler cost him on a few of those looks. Hester did slip and fall on a route which wound up in the hands of the 49ers, but Hester did not get many chances to find the end zone. Look for Hester to rebound off of an off night for both himself and Cutler and put up better fantasy numbers over the next few weeks.
2009 Week 11 vs PHI (9 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Hester was constrained this week by Jay Cutler's conservative approach and lack of touch on his deep passes. He was able to get open on a couple of occasions using his speed to create separation, but it was all for naught. To highlight how bad things were for Hester this week, he caught 4 passes for 18 yards, 16 yards coming on 1 play.
2009 Week 12 vs MIN (2 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
When Troy Aikman is telling folks that you're not a number one receiver, it can't be a good thing. Hester's performance was called out by the former Cowboy early in the game, and the words proved prophetic as Hester finished with only one reception for 20 yards. The play was a nice catch and run to the sideline where Hester turned it from a short pass to a nice gain. It was his only real impact on the game. He had only two punt return opportunities as well, and nearly fumbled away one of them before falling on the ball. In the current Bear offense, he is not a legitimate fantasy option.
2009 Week 13 vs STL (3 / 1 / 48 / 0 rec, 1 / -4 / 0 rush)
Hester timed his leap perfectly and caught his deep ball like a true WR to get the offense going on this cold Sunday. He also made a one-handed catch on a short fade in the end zone, but couldn't get both feet down. He was later hurt (calf) on a botched end around, but it looks like Hester will be fine to play in week 14. The potential is there for him to be a solid everyweek play if this pass offense (read: Jay Cutler) can settle down and find an identity.
2009 Week 17 vs DET (4 / 3 / 75 / 0 rec)
Devin Hester proved that he is most effective when he's returning kicks and stretching the field for big plays. On Chicago's second series, after the interception, Jay Cutler aired it out to Hester because he had beaten his man to the end zone. The Ball hit Hester in the hands and he dropped what would have been an easy six points and would have put the Bears out to a quick 10 point lead. Instead, the Bears were forced to punt. Hester came up big on kick and punt returns, including a nice 44 yard return after the Lions had tied the game at 3 near the end of the first quarter. It set up Chicago's second field goal and put them out in front again. Near the end of the second quarter, he took a quick out from Cutler and worked his way up the field for a nice 12 yard gain. It helped set up the Bears first TD pass and put them back in the lead just before the half. His biggest play came about half way through the fourth quarter. Cutler stepped up to avoid pressure and hit Hester on a deep crossing route over the middle. Hester broke it for an even bigger play for 48 yards and the biggest play of the game. Three plays later, the Bears took the lead for good.
2008 Week 1 vs IND (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Hester's only catch came near the end of the first quarter. He returned three kickoffs for an average of 18.3 yards and returned one punt 25 yards.
2008 Week 2 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Hester's lone catch was good for a first down, but he was only targeted twice all game. Hester was also quiet on special teams, only gaining a total of 25 return yards. Late in the third quarter Hester left this game due to a rib injury.
2008 Week 4 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 27 / 1 rec, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
Hester added 27 yards and one TD on three receptions to his 99 kick return and 15 rushing yards (one attempt) in a performance that showed a lot of promise for the electric young player as a wide receiver. He could have made the night even more memorable had he managed to pull in a long first quarter pass that would have most certainly ended in a touchdown.
2008 Week 5 vs DET (6 / 5 / 66 / 1 rec)
Hester's highlights of the day came in the receiving game rather than the return game. Hester caught a couple of key third down passes early in the game, and in the second quarter caught a 12 yard touchdown pass, doing a great job of pivoting after the catch and taking it across the line. On special teams, Hester's day was a little more frustrating, as he had a 28 yard return called back and also fumbled a ball that led to Detroit's only touchdown.
2008 Week 6 vs ATL (10 / 6 / 87 / 0 rec)
Devin Hester caught exactly half of his 12 targets for 87 yards. Though he was looked at deep three times, he seemed to be developing a nice rapport with Orton on intermediate routes. His longest gain was for 17, but five of his catches were for first downs. He seems to have matured as a route runner, and also played a full compliment of downs. His receptions and yardage were career highs. He assumed his role as both primary kick and punt returner, failing to make an impact at either.
2008 Week 7 vs MIN (2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Hester had another quiet day in the return game, only racking up 18 return yards. He didn't do much in the passing game either, although he did catch both his targets for 22 yards. In the third quarter, Hester injured his quad, and did not return to the game.
2008 Week 9 vs DET (6 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
Hester lost a fumble early in the second quarter on a kickoff return, having the ball stripped away from him, giving Detroit the ball deep in Chicago territory. Early in the third Hester had his defender beat deep but Grossman overthrew him, squandering a touchdown opportunity. However, Hester did catch his other four targets, good for 42 yards. He also took an end around carry which should have been a loss, but he turned it into a gain for eleven yards.
2008 Week 10 vs TEN (8 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
Hester made his first catch in the first quarter when he made a leaping catch on the sideline for an 11 yard gain for a first down. In the third quarter, Hester was targeted deep, but was overthrown despite having his man beat. The play likely would have resulted in a touchdown had the throw been on mark. In the fourth quarter as the Bears were trying to come back, Hester caught a ball deep across the middle for a 29 yard gain. He finished the game with 54 yards receiving.
2008 Week 11 vs GB (5 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
In the first quarter, Hester made a remarkable one handed catch down the sideline, but he was called for pass interference and the play came back. Hester finished the game with only one catch for seven yards.
2008 Week 12 vs STL (7 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec, 2 / 32 / 0 rush)
Hester caught a fade late in the first quarter for a 27 yard gain, his best play of the afternoon. He also added four other receptions for 30 yards. In the return game, he continued to look tentative, as he continued to struggle making much happen returning punts.
2008 Week 13 vs MIN (8 / 3 / 67 / 1 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
WR Devin Hester took a quick slant pass from QB Kyle Orton 64 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. He made three defenders miss him and then scampered his way into the end zone. Hester also returned kickoffs in addition to punts. He had recently been replaced on kickoff returns. He also took one handoff on an end around. Hester could have caught another pass for a relatively nice gain but the ball bounced off his arm and Hester did not make any attempt to catch the ball until it was too late. It is likely he did not see the ball coming but he was looking back long enough in advance to have seen the football spiraling toward him.
2008 Week 14 vs JAX (10 / 5 / 80 / 0 rec)
Devin Hester was the leading Bears' WR. He was very active in the game plan and ended up with 80 yards. He had a couple drops but they were not on a lack of effort. Hester was also active in punt returns but not kickoffs.
2008 Week 15 vs NO (6 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)
Early in the game Hester got wide open deep down the field but, QB Kyle Orton overthrew him on what could have been a big play and a touchdown. Hester seemed to be able to get open but, Orton struggled hitting him at times in the firs half. He had two catches for 17 yards in the first half. He only had 29 yards receiving in the second half but, did draw a huge pass interference penalty in overtime. Hester was clearly the Bears best receiver even though his numbers were not overly impressive, as he burned double coverage several times. He opened up the field for Chicago and drew a couple of big pass interference penalties in critical situations.
2008 Week 16 vs GB (8 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Hester had one catch for nine yards in the first half and one catch for three yards in the second half. CB Charles Woodson and Al Harris shut down Hester in this game and he was well covered all game.
2008 Week 17 vs HOU (8 / 6 / 85 / 0 rec)
Hester ran his routes well, and got open on most of the times he was targeted. He showed excellent quickness and used that to get open on several plays designed to hit him in stride and use his ability to gain yards after the catch. Hester also ran his deep routes well, using that skill in addition to his speed to get open deep a few times. He did drop a deep pass that glanced off his fingertips.
2007 Week 2 vs KC (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hester was targeted twice in the first half as the Bears tried to get him more involved in the offense. He did not catch either pass thrown in his direction. However, he was fantastic again on special teams with a punt return for a touchdown and a kickoff return for a touchdown that was called back due to a holding penalty.
2007 Week 3 vs DAL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hester ran a limited number of plays with the offense, but was not targeted.
2007 Week 4 vs DET (1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Hester had a limited role in the offense, but in the fourth quarter he returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. That score staked the Bears to their last lead of the game.
2007 Week 5 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Hester was limited in the return game as the Packers decided not to kick to him on kickoffs and managed to contain him on punt returns. In an effort to get the ball in his hands, the Bears handed off to him on an end around that resulted in a five yard gain.
2007 Week 6 vs MIN (2 / 1 / 81 / 1 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
On his only target of the game, Hester ran a deep route down the right sideline, in which the linebacker let him go on Brian Griese's pump fake, and the deep safety had no chance to catch Hester's blazing speed as he ran underneath a perfectly thrown ball to tie the game with under two minutes remaining.
2007 Week 7 vs PHI (4 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Hester was used frequently in offensive packages, getting four targets and finishing with three receptions for 41 yards. Chicago targeted him on deep routes and also shorter patterns that allow him to use his playmaking skills to make a play. Three of his receptions resulted in Chicago first downs, including a big 21 yard gain that helped set up the winning score. His inexperience at the WR position showed on a few plays, where Hester did not know where to lineup.
2007 Week 8 vs DET (2 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec, 2 / -6 / 0 rush)
Hester did his part to help jump start the Bears offense by taking a punt back 45 yards to give Chicago excellent field position in the third quarter. The return set up the Bears only touchdown of the game. He caught his only pass in the fourth quarter for 19 yards and a first down. Hester got another pass thrown his way late in the game, but it was broken up and he was hit pretty hard on the play.
2007 Week 10 vs OAK (2 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
Hester was targeted twice in the passing game, catching one pass for a two yard loss. He also was not a big factor in the return game, averaging just over two yards per punt return and 17 yards per kickoff return.
2007 Week 11 vs SEA (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / -6 / 0 rush)
Hester was used as a receiver late in the game when the Bears were trailing, but did not have a good opportunity to catch anything. Earlier in the game, they tried giving him the ball for a reverse play, but pretty much everyone saw that one coming and it went for a negative six yards.
2007 Week 13 vs NYG (3 / 1 / -4 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
The Bears made an effort to get Devin Hester involved in their offense, and that nearly paid off in the second quarter when Rex Grossman found Hester streaking down the middle of the field at least ten yards in behind the secondary. The pass was on the money, but the ball hit Hester in the shoulder as he couldn't adjust to the deep pass. It would have gone for an 81 yard score, and given the Bears a 14-0 lead. Though Hester clearly has game breaking ability, he appears to be still quite raw as a receiver. Hester also caught a backward pass for negative one yards, and took a screen pass for negative six yards. Hester failed to make an impact in the return game, as Giants punter Jeff Feagles did a good job of angling the ball to the sideline on most of his punts.
2007 Week 14 vs WAS (8 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)
Hester didn't catch his first pass until the fourth quarter on 17 yard reception on play in which he escaped a tackle and almost turned into a bigger play. He caught another pass on the next play for 16 yards. Hester almost scored on his fourth catch as he was knocked out at the one yard line. He had four catches for 58 yards on that drive.
2007 Week 15 vs MIN (6 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
The Bears worked to get Hester involved in the offense, but he was unable to bust off a big play, and he also had trouble holding onto the ball. The Vikings kicked away from Hester most of the night, and they did a good job containing him on the few occasions he did return kicks.
2007 Week 17 vs NO (4 / 2 / 65 / 1 rec)
Hester made the most of his opportunities, including a fifty five yard touchdown reception where he cut across the middle of the defense and found himself wide open for an easy catch and run from quarterback Kyle Orton. In his addition to his heroics from the receiving game, Hester also showed his explosive return abilities with a sixty four yard punt return touchdown. Hester continued to look more confident in the passing game and an integral part of both special teams and offense as the coaches look for ways to get him involved.