During his first season with the Falcons, Devin Hester has shown that he can do a thing or two on offense. But he also still has the skills that could eventually put him in Canton.
With a 62-yard punt return that hit paydirt, Hester broke a tie with Deion Sanders at 19 career touchdown returns. Hester now has the record all to himself with 20. He paid tribute to Sanders with an extended high step into the end zone, drawing a flag for taunting in the process.
Hester also has added a 20-yard touchdown run as part of Atlanta’s 35-0 first-half lead.
And while it’s easier to criticize the Bears both for letting Hester go and for never finding a way to unleash his broken-field skills on offense, keep in mind that every team has a crack at Hester on the open market. The Falcons made the move to get him, and he could end up being a major difference maker as Atlanta tries to get back to the postseason.