Originally posted by:brian.Originally posted by:..::localeye::..Originally posted by:brian.
(DEVIN HESTER) he may be the easiest read as far as kick returning goes.
I don't understand what this means
his rookie season he caught everyone off guard with not only his overall speed, but his agility and quickness when changing directions. i would say 75% of the time his first move is actually backwards and then towards the open side of the field. teams have adjusted to this by typically not trying to absolutely boot the ball off the face of the planet, to punting or kicking off a little bit shorter than they would, then defensively they cover a wider area. rather than have everyone hustle balls out straight to where he caught the ball, covering a wider spread of the field gives him less options. with a slightly shorter kick/punt, he's not able to have the time or space to make the huge breakaways like he did in the past.
i think thats why danieal manning and johnny knox get the nod mostly on kickoff returns. they are just raw speed with no flashy cuts and spins. they'll get 20 yards after the catch by running 20 yards. hester will get 15 yards after the catch by running 35 yards.