Dec 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester (23) returns a kickoff during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins Kicking Tires On Hesters' Tires


The Miami Dolphins have Marcus Thigpen returning kicks and punts.  He is o.k. wouldn’t call him great wouldn’t call him bad.  He is average.  At best.  While Thigpen possesses the skills to be a complete player in the NFL he lacks consistency.  That lack of consistency keeps the coaches from playing him more.  Thigpen should be a dual threat for the Dolphins.  Playing on ST’s and catching passes out of the backfield.  He is still only showing signs that he is capable.  From time to time.

Enter the dragon.

Devin Hester is one KR from breaking the NFL record for return TD’s.  The next team that signs him will likely celebrate that milestone.  The Miami Dolphins are kicking the tires of the tires that make Hester run.  Hester isn’t a need.  He won’t catch TD passes and he won’t make interceptions.  This despite the fact that he has played both CB and WR in the NFL.  He is seam threat that relies on a wedge or wall in front of him.  But he is electric.

Hester possesses a home run ability that Miami hasn’t seen.  Even at 30 years old Hester is still a speed threat in the return game.  What makes him so good is he is decisive.  He moves with conviction and rarely succumbs to the first tackler.  Or the second.  Or even the third.  Hester changes the game because he changes the field position.  Miami needs that threat.  It may not happen with every single touch but the threat of that happening on every single touch is well worth the price of admission.

Fans are not going to fill the seats to watch Devin Hester return kicks but Hester could on his own ignite the passion and noise from those that are in the stands.  A local Miami product, Hester could finish his career where it all started as a high-school kid.  He is in Miami now hosting a football clinic.  The Dolphins want high character players and Hester fits that mold.  It’s a win/win situation for both.

How far the Dolphins and Hester’s agents have spoken isn’t known but the fact they are talking is a good sign.  Hester, as I said isn’t going to win you games but he is going to position your team to win games.  The Dolphins need more of that.

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  • tpl

    Miami needs to sign Hester, also draft a KR to groom.

  • Eric Brodt

    Definitely a way to excite the fan base. By itself, this move isn’t going to win games, but it will instantly upgrade a special teams unit that hadn’t been so special of late, with the sole exception of the punter. This is a way to win field position, easing the burden on both offense and defense. So, on the surface, it seems like it’s not a need, but digging deeper, it looks like it could help on all 3 phases, which definitely makes it cost effective.

    • corners

      i agree. With Fields +Hester we will have much better starting position chances.

  • J.p. Ducey

    Personally I would really like to see Hester Break the record (with any team). Hester is definitely a guy they should seriously be considering. It’s an upgrade, and potential game changer. Like everything else in the NFL, it comes down to Money. I don’t know how many years or $ he’s seeking.

  • Anonymous

    he’s not a “a local Miami product;” devin hester hails from riviera beach, fl, which is in palm beach county and two hours away from Miami-Dade. however, i am a die-hard Miami sports fan and would love to see my dawg back down south making plays for one of my favorite football teams! #itsallabouttheU #goDolphins

    • andres

      I live in palm bch county and your 45 min away exactly.just sayin but yea riviara is not mia.My2$ents

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    Great question and fair assessment on Thigpen. I was fortunate enough to attend 3 of the open-to-the-public work outs last summer and there he was, Thigpen lining up with the first squad. Thigpen in the slot, Thigpen wide, Thigpen coming out of the backfield. I was sure we were going to be seeing a lot more out of him during the regular season. We saw him catching a little lob during the game against the Saints which he took down the field for an additional 40 + yards after the catch. I again, was positive we were going to start to see more of him, but play after play, he was absent from the line up. I only remember 1 play that he was in for and was targeted, on which he failed to make the catch. My only question to Joe Philbin when we met him in Davie this past October, was about whether Thigpen was going to be used more… to be honest, I don’t even remember his answer, when I think back I remember a long sort of rhetorical answer.

    I love Hester and usually ardently support hometown athletes, but here’s the thing, while Thigpen doesn’t show the promise on returns he once did, I believe this kid is an underrated playmaker and I would hate to see NE snatch him up if we cut him. Here’s the other thing, our salary cap room isn’t what it was at the beginning of free agency and we’re still missing a RT, could use filling a couple of other vacancies off of free agency before we’re done including another DB… right now, I still feel there’s a question mark at that spot.

  • Seann Carpenter

    Devin Hester = better starting field position for most drives = more points per game = more wins!!!!!!

  • Richard Hough

    Let me see now! Hester can break for a touchdown on any punt return or kickoff, but HE ISN’T A NEED FOR THE DOLPHINS. Yeah, and water isn’t a need for a man dying of thirst!

  • rell dogg

    Hester should go to the patriots we have Edelman it would add dept tew the wr

  • corners

    i would consider Brandon Fields P and Hester KR a weapon if we had both. Both flip fields.

  • Pentax Shooter

    The irony, possibly signing the guy who provided the impetus for drafting Ted Ginn Jr. at #9.