RB Jacob Hester - Free Agent

5-10, 226Born: 5-8-1985College: LSUDrafted: Round 3, pick 2008

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2012 Week 15 vs BAL (7 / 20 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jacob Hester saw a handful of touches on the day, with one going for a touchdown from about a half yard out while lined up at fullback. Hester ran straight ahead as a power-type back, and beyond the touchdown, had a fairly uneventful day.

2012 Week 16 vs CLE (3 / 6 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

In second game on the active roster for the Broncos, Hester scored another touchdown on the ground. This week, Hester had just three carries, but one came on the goal line, which the former San Diego back plunged in for the score to seal the game in the fourth quarter.

2012 Week 17 vs KC (7 / 55 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

The recently acquired fullback had his best game of 2012, carrying the ball seven times for fifty-five yards on the ground. Rotating with Lance Ball after the game was well out of hand for the Chiefs, Hester looked very sharp in the fourth quarter, although the Chiefs may have vacated the field beforehand. The LSU product ripped off runs of thirteen and eighteen yards, respectively, hitting holes hard and showing no trouble finding daylight. Hester also caught one pass for seven yards out of the backfield. While the Broncos have no shortage of capable ball carriers on their roster, Hester will likely see a sprinkling of touches, whether on the ground or through the air, as Denver looks to keep its running backs fresh.

2012 Week 19 vs BAL (8 / 11 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

As a situational running back, Hester saw the short-yardage work and a reception against Baltimore. He was stuffed as many times as he picked up the needed yardage and also saw a curious carry on a third-and-five play that did not fool any defender.

2011 Week 1 vs MIN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)

Hester had limited involvement in the offense, but San Diego's passing game mostly focused on the short stuff which boded well for him. He caught a short pass late in the fourth quarter that almost turned disastrous when he fumbled it, but fortunately for him the ball bounced out of bounds.

2011 Week 2 vs NE (1 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hester's number was called just once, on a big third down and one call, which resulted in a 12 yard gain up the gut. Every once in awhile, the Chargers will try to cross up a defense by giving Hester a token carry but he is not a key part of the offense.

2011 Week 5 vs DEN (11 / 47 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

After both "starters" Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert exited the game with injuries, Hester stepped in and performed admirably. He ran very hard and picked up nice gains on each of his first two carries to get the ball inside the five yard line on his first drive. Later, the team ran a designed screen pass to him along the right side on second and long that resulted in a nine yard pickup. And late in the game when neither Mathews nor Tolbert was healthy enough to run, it was Hester who got all the carries to try and run out the clock. Of course, it should be noted that he was unable to pick up the necessary first downs to keep the clock moving (his final fourth quarter stats were five rushes for just seven yards). Furthermore, the Chargers attempted three consecutive passes with just over three minutes remaining to try and ice the game instead of giving Hester carries

2011 Week 8 vs KC (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hester received one carry, on 3rd and 1 and converted for a first down.

2011 Week 9 vs GB (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Hester's involvement was mostly negative. With Ryan Mathews inactive, Hester had a chance to get some extra offensive touches. He didn't do much with them. His first reception ended up being fumbled out of bounds despite having room to run (and it may not have even been a catch to begin with). And on his next target, he tried to run before catching it near the sideline and dropped the ball for an incompletion.

2011 Week 10 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 1 rec)

Hester was the lucky beneficiary of some miscommunication on the Oakland defensive side. Hester caught a short pass in the flat for an easy touchdown, just moments after the Raiders tried repeatedly to call a timeout that wasn't granted. They didn't have enough men on the field, and the 11th guy (Hester's defender?) sprinted on just as the ball was being snapped, which may help to explain why it was so easy for him to get in.

2010 Week 4 vs ARI (5 / 10 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)

With the game so out of hand, Hester actually saw a decent amount of work. Part of the reason why he was able to pick up 57 yards from scrimmage likely has to do with the fact that nobody focuses on stopping him. On one play in particular, he made a quick catch out in the flat for what looked like a minimal gain. However, nobody was around him because nobody worries about Jacob Hester. He was able to take advantage of the attention being paid to Mike Tolbert, Antonio Gates, and others, to sneak in three receptions for forty yards (including a long one of 21).

2010 Week 7 vs NE (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

For a guy who only had one touch from scrimmage, Hester may have guaranteed himself a lack of meaningful touches moving forward. He made one of the game's biggest gaffes (and the Chargers had plenty of them). Rivers threw a swing pass to Hester that the running back was unable to corral. The ball appeared to have been thrown forward, but whistles never blew. Rather than falling on the football, Hester simply left it bouncing around on the ground in front of him. It was picked up by the Patriots and returned the other way for a big gain. Hester didn't get another offensive look the rest of the way.

2010 Week 9 vs HOU (4 / 7 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)

Hester started the game off inauspiciously, making a huge blunder on the opening kickoff. Rather than letting the ball sail out of bounds and putting the ball at the 40-yard line, Hester tried catching it right on the sideline with his back facing the field and the ball over his shoulder. He ended up going out of bounds and giving the Chargers awful field position to begin the game. However, he made a couple of nice plays in the passing game later on and also converted a first down on a short yardage run to try to help make up for the earlier gaffe.

2010 Week 11 vs DEN (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 1 rec)

As is typical, Hester's involvement in the gameplan was minimal and mostly restricted to short yardage situations. He did manage a score late in the game off a wide open play action screen early in the fourth quarter that put the Chargers up 35-7 and officially put the game away.

2010 Week 16 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hester got a shot from the one, but couldn't convert in his big moment.

2009 Week 4 vs PIT (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hester had a terrific special teams play where he stripped the ball from Stefan Logan and then returned the fumble recovery for a TD on a punt return during the Chargers late comeback effort.

2009 Week 6 vs DEN (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hester was used primarily as a blocker, but did get a carry in the second quarter as the Chargers were trying to soften up the Broncos defense.

2009 Week 7 vs KC (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hester isn't a regular part of the offense, but he did fill in late in the fourth quarter when the game turned into a blowout. He's also showing his value on special teams, with his second special teams score in three games. He blocked a punt, hustled to the end zone, and fell on it for the score.

2009 Week 11 vs DEN (7 / 46 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hester helped Mike Tolbert late in the game as the team tried running out the clock. Most of these occurred in garbage time when the Broncos knew the run was coming, but they still managed to pick up some nice yardage here and there. He had earlier shown nice hands on a ball that was thrown behind him on a short screen, and later popped a short yardage carry up the middle as the defense looked to be thoroughly fooled. He ended up picking up 15 yards on the play.

2009 Week 12 vs KC (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Hester has picked up handfuls of touches in garbage time lately, and added a leaping grab near the sideline in this game but it went for a minimal gain.

2009 Week 13 vs CLE (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hester's only carry was on a fourth down rush attempt in the fourth quarter on which he was stuffed.

2009 Week 16 vs TEN (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Backup running back Jacob Hester saw a few touches in Week 16 with most of them (four of five) coming in the second half. Hester is third on the depth chart for backfield work in San Diego but he may see more action against the Redskins in Week 17 as the Chargers rest their starters in advance of the playoffs.

2008 Week 1 vs CAR (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The rookie from LSU, drafted with the intention of becoming LaDainian Tomlinson's backup, didn't see a single touch in the game. When Tomlinson went out of the game, it was Darren Sproles who saw action.

2008 Week 6 vs NE (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hester fumbled away his second career carry as the Chargers were trying to run out the clock and protect their big lead. Immediately upon reaching the sidelines, Hester was met by LaDainian Tomlinson. It appeared Tomlinson was either offering words of encouragement or instruction. In any case, Hester didn't receive another touch in the game.

2008 Week 12 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 16 / 1 rec)

All three of Hester's catches came on the same fourth quarter drive. The one yard touchdown reception was the first of his career.

2008 Week 13 vs ATL (1 / 28 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)

Hester has gradually become more involved in the offense as the season has gone on, and in this game he saw four offensive touches. The most important play he made all game was a 28 yard run on a fourth quarter fake punt. The Chargers had actually punted on the previous play, but after a penalty Atlanta opted to have San Diego re-kick. Rather than kick it, Hester took the direct snap up the right side for the big gain. He also showed nice hands on a one-handed diving reception near the sideline in the first quarter.

2008 Week 14 vs OAK (7 / 18 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Hester ran hard and moved the pile more often than not, but the holes weren't there for him to break any big runs. After last week's increased involvement in the offense, he once again took a back seat to Darren Sproles as the primary backup to LaDainian Tomlinson.

2008 Week 15 vs KC (1 / 9 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

Hester has perhaps found his niche within the team as the fake punt rusher. Two weeks after converting a fake punt for a first down against the Falcons, he did it again against Kansas City. Unfortunately for San Diego, the fake didn't result in any points on the possession.

2008 Week 17 vs DEN (8 / 37 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Hester served as the fullback and saw a few carries and targets out of the backfield. He got a garbage time touchdown with less than two minutes left in the game, but also showed that he could run the ball pretty well.

2008 Week 18 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Hester was thrown to twice, catching one of them for a six yard gain in the second quarter. But despite LaDainian Tomlinson's early exit from the game, it was Darren Sproles who saw the lion's share of the carries. And the scraps that remained went to Michael Bennett, not Hester. Hester's role in this game was primarily that of a blocker, a role he played exceptionally well - particularly on the Tomlinson touchdown.