“It’s hard being one of the top electrifying players in the league and you’re not able to get your hands on the ball as much as you want,” Hester told ESPNChicago.com before practice on Friday.
The last time I checked Devin Hester has never been an electrifying receiver. He drops balls, runs poor routes, and goes down when he comes up against a stiff gust of wind (forget breaking a tackle). This doesn’t take anything away from his NFL records in punt and kick returns for TDs, I’ve gone crazy watching him make 9 guys miss as he joysticks around before darting through a hole to pay dirt. Just please don’t confuse these successes as a parallel for being an electrifying receiver.
Electrifying for Devin Hester is returning a punt 82 yards for a touchdown when he gets a running start, has 10 blockers in front, and can make fat special teams players miss and look foolish as he hurdles them & gallops down the sideline.
How about electrifying 100k fans in Texas tonight with an opening kickoff return for a TD on Monday Night Football? And then know your role, run some half-ass routes as nothing more than a distraction to get Brandon Marshall, Earl Bennett and Alshon Jeffrey free from double coverage. Let the electrifying catches be made by receivers who are, you know, actually receivers.