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17 Devin Hester WR

Atlanta Falcons

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Devin Hester fades into background
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Falcons wide receiver Devin Hester, who played a bigger role on offense than anyone expected Week 1 against New Orleans, catching five passes for 99 yards, went back to being primarily just a return man Week 2 at Cincinnati. He was targeted just once, catching a 2-yard pass.

The Falcons couldn't get their offense going like they did against the Saints. Specifically, their receivers struggled to pick up yards after the catch on the short passes the Falcons live and die by. Hester was no exception on the one chance he got, but Julio Jones (13 targets), Roddy White (eight) and Harry Douglas (eight) all got plenty more.

Hester will hope for a bigger role Thursday night when the Falcons host the Buccaneers to kick off Week 3.

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Falcons emphasizing four-receiver look
by Larry Hartstein |

The Falcons are putting a new emphasis on a four-receiver set featuring Julio Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas and Devin Hester, reports The lineup "worked wonders" against the Saints as Matt Ryan threw for 448 yards in a 37-34 overtime win, the report said.

Atlanta plays with one running back and no tight ends in that formation.

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Devin Hester shows what he can do as receiver
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Though the Falcons signed wide receiver Devin Hester this offseason mostly for what he brings as a return man, they were impressed by what he could do on offense in training camp and chose to make use of it Week 1 against the Saints.

Though he struggled on the team's first drive, committing a false start penalty and dropping what could have been a first-down grab on third-and-11, he was brilliant thereafter, piling up 99 yards, second-most on the team, on five catches.

Of those catches, none was bigger than a 21-yard grab over the middle with less than 30 seconds to go in the second half, setting the Falcons up for a game-tying field goal. Quarterback Matt Ryan showed his trust in the newcomer on that play.

Of course, Hester will have plenty of competition for looks going forward, with Julio Jones, Roddy White and Harry Douglas also catching five-plus passes for 65-plus yards in Week 1, but he'll aim for an encore Week 2 at Cincinnati.

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Devin Hester catches another preseason touchdown
by Igor Mello |

Falcons return specialist/receiver Devin Hester caught a touchdown for the second straight week in preseason.

Facing the Titans on Saturday, Hester caught a short pass from Matt Ryan and took it 31 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. He played in the third quarter and was targeted five times, finishing with four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.

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Falcons intrigued with Devin Hester at WR
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Falcons are pretty deep at wide receiver with Julio Jones, Roddy White and Harry Douglas atop the depth chart. However, Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is talking like the team will find a way to utilize returnman Devin Hester on offense.

"I've been very happy, as have all the coaches, with how Devin has taken to the wide receiver stuff," Koetter said Thursday, per the team's official website. "Terry Robiskie has done an awesome job with him. The other receivers are helping him and Devin's going to be an exciting player -- definitely a weapon that we added in the offseason that's going to help."

Though, the Falcons aren't looking to Hester to be another 1,000-yard receiver. Not with White and Jones already on the roster.

"He’s got the capability of playing and playing fast," Robiskie said. "He’s going to do some things and make some plays for us that I think, at the end of the day, when we get a chance to sit down, we'll say, 'Wow I didn’t know that’s what I was getting when I got him'

"Like I tell him every day: There’s not one person (here) who really gives a crap about what you did in Chicago. I’m happy for you that you’re in the record book. I think I’m in there, too. But can you help us win a Super Bowl? We need your help. I think he’s going to do some good things for us."

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2009Chicago Bears13125775713.348312334
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2011Chicago Bears1682636914.25315215
2012Chicago Bears1552324210.5391409
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Kick Returns
2006Chicago Bears162052826.49622
2007Chicago Bears164393421.79722
2008Chicago Bears153167921.95102
2009Chicago Bears13715622.34401
2010Chicago Bears161242735.67905
2011Chicago Bears163372321.99812
2012Chicago Bears152462125.94002
2013Chicago Bears1652143627.68005
2014Atlanta Falcons2513927.83600
Punt Returns
YearTeamGRetFCRet YdsAvgLgTD20+
2006Chicago Bears16471260012.884311
2007Chicago Bears1642665115.589410
2008Chicago Bears1532141986.22504
2009Chicago Bears132451877.83303
2010Chicago Bears16331056417.18939
2011Chicago Bears16281545416.28229
2012Chicago Bears154063318.34405
2013Chicago Bears16181125614.28114
2014Atlanta Falcons22184.0700
Defensive Stats
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2009Chicago Bears1300.000000.0000
2010Chicago Bears1611.000000.0000
2011Chicago Bears1600.000000.0000
2012Chicago Bears1522.000000.0000
2013Chicago Bears1600.000000.0000
2014Atlanta Falcons200.000000.0000
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2007Chicago Bears1671020020
2008Chicago Bears1552020020
2009Chicago Bears1331020020
2010Chicago Bears1600000000
2011Chicago Bears1650040040
2012Chicago Bears1510000000
2013Chicago Bears1651020020
2014Atlanta Falcons200000000
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