But Hester is 34 years old and was released in December by the Ravens. He isn’t the feared returner he was even a few years ago. But how much can he help the Seahawks in the playoffs?
“Nothing but good since he’s been in the league so we’ll see what he has,” Schneider said. “But he’s been excellent and we’ve played against him a lot so we’ve seen what he can do.”
Schneider was asked specifically about Hester’s speed and said it was obvious while watching tape of him playing for the Ravens: “He still has his stuff,” he said.
Hester tried out for the Patriots and said he was on the verge of signing with New England. But the Patriots decided to sign Michael Floyd, was who released from the Cardinals following his DUI arrest. Then the Seahawks called.
“I told my agent that if it was a team that was a playoff contender, I would sign,” Hester said. “But if it was a team that was just missing a returner and had no hopes of making it to the playoffs then I wasn’t going to sign anywhere. So I landed here.”
Hester said he has one goal.
“With the career that I had, I don’t have a Super Bowl ring,” he said. “What great opportunity do I have right now, standing here, in front of you guys and be able to play for the Seattle Seahawks.”
Hester averaged 24.5 yards per kick return (Lockett averaged 26.3 yards per return this season). Hester also averaged 7.2 yards per punt return and had two returns of longer than 20 yards (Lockett averaged 8.4 yards per return and had three returns of longer than 20 yards.