The Patriots got a look at Devin Hester in his final appearance in a Ravens uniform last Sunday night and they reportedly took another look at him on Thursday.
Courtney Fallon of NFL Media reports that Hester worked out for the Patriots a couple of days after he was waived by the Ravens. Per Fallon, there’s no word on their possible interest in signing him.
Hester was dropped by the Ravens after he failed to field a punt that wound up being downed close to their end zone. The Patriots got a safety a short time later to record their first points in a game they ultimately won 30-23.
Hester signed with the Ravens after being released by the Falcons earlier this year. He returned 25 punts for 180 yards and 19 kickoffs for 466 yards.
The Patriots turned the ball over against Baltimore when a punt went off Cyrus Jones’ foot in the latest of a series of miscues by Jones as a returner this year. Matthew Slater also fumbled a kickoff in the game, so their interest in perhaps the best returner in the history of the game isn’t hard to figure. Hester’s had his own issues with fumbles this season — he has five, which ties him with Jones for the most on returns this season — so he may not be the same kind of upgrade he would have been in past years.