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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.

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http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/devin-hester-signed-with-the-seahawks-for-one-reason-to-win-a-super-bowl/

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“As you can see, this is a blessing to get an opportunity to get released and then get an opportunity to be back in the playoffs,” Hester said. “My goal now is, with the career that I’ve had, I don’t have a Super Bowl ring and what a great opportunity I have right now standing here in front of you guys and being able to play for the Seattle Seahawks.”

Hester said he also had a tryout with the New England Patriots, who decided to go a different direction, signing receiver Michael Floyd instead.

During his press conference, Hester talked about the role he would have here in Seattle. Hester referenced the new kickoff rules and said it was a “no-brainer” at times to play it safe and take it at the 25-yard line.

“I talked to special teams coach Brian [Schneider] and he said if we play a team that we feel like we can gash, we’ll bring it out regardless,” Hester continued. “We’re going to continue to evaluate Detroit to see if there’s some weakness. If they have a good special teams unit, then we’re going to take what they give us.”

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http://seahawkswire.usatoday.com/2017/01/04/after-an-illustrious-career-devin-hester-wants-a-super-bowl-ring/

 

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I normally would not be supportive of the Seahawks, but this might tip the scales. I would be happy for Hester if he was able to get a ring. If for no other reason than it could seal a HOF bust, something I feel he has truly earned. 

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Just imagine, if you will, how effective or dangerous he COULD have been, if teams were actually afraid (enough) of the Bears offense that giving them the ball on their 40 was scarier than trying to kick the ball to Hester... he may have been able to double those return touchdowns.  But the Bears are the Bears and people were so afraid of Hester they would routinely give the Bears brilliant field position because it meant they would have a better chance of preventing the Bears from scoring that way...

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY BamaBear09

Just imagine, if you will, how effective or dangerous he COULD have been, if teams were actually afraid (enough) of the Bears offense that giving them the ball on their 40 was scarier than trying to kick the ball to Hester... he may have been able to double those return touchdowns.  But the Bears are the Bears and people were so afraid of Hester they would routinely give the Bears brilliant field position because it meant they would have a better chance of preventing the Bears from scoring that way...

Just imagine how effective he could have been if the league had not essentially handicapped his presence by changing the rules the after he burst onto the scene.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY PapaBear.OR

 

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY BamaBear09

Just imagine, if you will, how effective or dangerous he COULD have been, if teams were actually afraid (enough) of the Bears offense that giving them the ball on their 40 was scarier than trying to kick the ball to Hester... he may have been able to double those return touchdowns.  But the Bears are the Bears and people were so afraid of Hester they would routinely give the Bears brilliant field position because it meant they would have a better chance of preventing the Bears from scoring that way...

Just imagine how effective he could have been if the league had not essentially handicapped his presence by changing the rules the after he burst onto the scene.

This!!!!!

Still pisses me off that they did that. Bet they would have turned him into the face of the league if he was a Packer or a Patriot. 

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Wonder what makes Seattle think Hester will make any difference?  Devin could not stay on the field the last couple years.  If he runs backward for 20 yards on a punt return and costs them field position, I bet he is cut the next day!

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Deep down, I wish the Bears would give him a 1 day contract and let him retire a Bear. His speech when leaving would be just as confusing as DL's game plans but that is one of the many reasons I loved him...

Never die easy....

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY PGT34

Deep down, I wish the Bears would give him a 1 day contract and let him retire a Bear. His speech when leaving would be just as confusing as DL's game plans but that is one of the many reasons I loved him...

^^^^^this^^^^^

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Great to see Hester have a good game. For the Love of the Game; Let him retire a Bear! Watching him tonight, he has definitely lost a step of his afterburners.

Never die easy....

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Devin Hester was the best return man in the game when he was with the Bears. He's lost a step the last few years, but it was fun to watch him return punts and kickoffs. 

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