Inside The Bills

What makes Ravens’ Devin Hester special

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2016 – 8:50 am

Everyone knows that Baltimore return man Devin Hester holds the NFL mark for most return touchdowns in his career with 20 and the record for punt return touchdowns with 14. There’s no debating that Hester is entering the twilight of his career, but at age 33, he’s still a viable return threat. Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg explained why.

“The thing that makes Devin special in my view is he has the ability to break away. He has elite speed,” said Rosburg. “He has change of direction skills that are also elite. He has hands; he has ball skills that are very good. Then, the other thing that people aren’t really aware of when you watch him in some of these big returns is that he will break tackles. He has a strong lower body, and people bounce off him. That is a pretty good combination, and we are looking forward to having that on our sideline instead of trying to chase him.”

Having just signed this past week, Rosburg has been spending a lot of extra hours with his new return specialist.

“We’ve spent some extra time just watching tape together,” he said. “We’ve watched some of his tape, and we’ve talked through some things. He has learned our system very quickly. The difficulty really is having our players play with him and understanding how he plays the game – every one of these guys – especially in a punt return when the play is a work of art. He is going to find space and go. We have to learn how to play with Devin Hester as our returner. And we will, and that’s why we’ve been working hard in practice to try to get to know one another in that regard.”


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