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He's Electric Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeee's gone Touchdown Hester

He's Electric Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeee's gone Touchdown Hester

I have a confession to make to you all – I love Devin Hester.

There I said it, I feel cleansed. I’m not a Chicago Bears fan, and I dont even support the Miami Hurricanes (his college team) I just love watching Hester give NFL special teams coordinators the heebie -jeebies as they decide to squib kick or grow a set of balls and just kick directly to him.

I am therefore relieved that Hester has signed a 4-year contract extension today – Well done Mr H. I think for Hester to hold out would have been an incredible loss to the Bears and a loss to the NFL as a whole.

Watching Hester’s electrifying opening kickoff go all the way to the house in Superbowl XLI made me spit out a mouthful of popcorn and peanut M&Ms and make general whooping noises.

Having Hester on one of my 55 man roster fantasy teams in the AMFL (Art Monk Football League) is like knowing you can go into a sweet shop every week for 16 weeks and six times pulling out a Wonka bar with a winning ticket. Even though I lost my fantasy game this week 35-38 Hester returned a punt for a touchdown and caught an 18 yard pass for another score.

In fact in 12 games in the AMFL Hester has scored 2 punt return tds 2 kick return tds and his stats are 45 kick returns for 1072 yards (23.8 yards a return) and only 19 punt returns – but a whopping 14.6 yards a return (278 yards), he also has 4 catches for 66 yards and a score.

Back to reality – and the REAL Hester – he is even scarier. With an insane 11 return touchdowns in just two seasons (plus two receiving tds) Devin is without doubt the most exciting athlete in the NFL – yes more exciting than Tom Brady, Brett ‘who cares if he comes back’ Favre, and even the likes of fellow hot returners like Leon Washington and Joshua Cribbs.

I’m gonna be bold and predict Hester gets 4 combined return touchdowns and 5 to 8 catching touchdowns. I know that the Bears are planning to use Hester as a quality wideout, but lets hope they do not cut of their nose to spite their face by reducing Hester’s return time.

I reckon Hester can get 45-55 catches for about 600-700 yards, but for god’s sake Lovie Smith don’t be a madman and take Hester off return duties.

So NFLFANINENGLAND blog readers ….how many return touchdowns (combined kick and punt return) do YOU think that Hester will get in 2008 season?

I have to admit the rookie the San Diego Chargers drafted that I am most looking forward to seeing at Wembley in October is so far unsigned fullback Jacob Hester, as he is the man who will be asked to sacrifice his own neck in order to block for LaDanian Tomlinson – still judged by many including¬†as the number one fantasy football player. Let’s be honest LT II would not have been the mega-stud he has been without some solid offensive line play and the human rhinocerous former Bolt fullback Lorenzo Neal¬†(see pic).

This post was triggered by the news yesterday, 2 July 2008, that the Chargers signed two late round picks from the 2008 NFL Draft, running back Marcus Thomas and tackle Corey Clarke.

When I went to Florida on holiday last November I went to see the University of Central Florida beat the University of Texax El-Paso Miners 36-20 Рhome to Thomas,  a 6ft, 215, back who ran for for 1,166 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior at Texas-El Paso. Maybe I was a curse  that steamy Saturday on the at BrightHouse Network Stadium in November as Thomas ran for a devastating -1 (yes minus one) yard on 9 carries Рaveraging -0.1 yards a carry Рhardly someone to have Ladanian turning his back in a hurry. The Chargers selected Thomas in the fifth round with the 166th overall selection.

If I was the Chargers GM (don’t we all want to be an NFL GM – dream job or what) I would focus some energy into getting Hester signed. No this particular Hester will not be returning punts 95 yards for a score every other week like his Windy City namesake, but in a world where establishing a quality running game is key to success having a no-neck fullback acting as a silent but deadly weapon,¬†brushing away linebackers like a janitor sweeping away Autumn leaves, is the difference between¬†mediocrity¬†and and NFL playoff aristocracy.

I’m not sure how badly LT is missing Lorenzo Neal, but I know if I had a block of granite in front of me every play, I am one happy and confidfent dude. With a rookie now paving my way against the likes of Derek Johnson, Kirk Morrison, Gary Brackett and Jonathan Vilma (at Wembey !!!) I’m not sure I am going to be as relaxed.

What memories do you have of your favourite fullbacks ? And do you think LT will miss Lorenzo Neal ? I would love to hear your thoughts ………….