Baltimore Ravens return man Devin Hester has had a historic career on special teams as he has 20 returns for touchdowns which is the most in NFL history. When the Ravens signed him to the roster before the season started, the team thought that they were getting a playmaker on special teams that they have lacked since Jacoby Jones left Baltimore in 2014.
However, Hester has had more troubles on special teams than he has had success so far with the Ravens in 2016. Hester has had three fumbles on the season with one he lost against the Jacksonville Jaguars and recovered the other two against the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets.
“I don’t feel like myself,” Hester noted via BaltimoreRavens.com. “It’s tough.”
Why doesn’t Hester feel like himself? Well, according Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com Hester explains the following:
“Hester said he tweaked his hamstring in Cleveland in Week 2. He started missing practice time before the Ravens’ Week 4 game against Oakland, the week after a muffed punt in Jacksonville could have cost Baltimore a victory.”
During a time where the Ravens offense is struggling to move the chains as it ranks 24th in yards per game averaging 332, Hester is supposed to be the spark that the Ravens need when other issues on the team goes south. That hasn’t been the case so far this season.
If Hester’s hamstring is still bothering him, the Ravens have to really weigh the pro’s and con’s about putting him on special teams because his fumbling issues are a problem. And with the Ravens facing the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 9 next week with first place in the AFC North possibly being on the line, the Ravens can’t have miscues on special teams.