- 05/30/2011, 02:25AM ET
chicagoreppin said 05/30, 02:31 PM
I have to go with Devin Hester. And yeah you see my icon, bias sure, but my second favorite player is Calvin Johnson so don't use that as part of your bias. If there was one player who had to get up the field on the last play of the game (barring a handoff or pass or kick reception) I would choose Hester.
He's easily the best kick/punt returner of all time, as he beat the record for most returns in just 5 seasons. He's been put on the 2000's all decade team, 3x Pro Bowl Selection and I still don't think he's peaked.
Look at these return stats-
12.4 yds/return- career (17.4 yds/return in 2010!)
13.1 yds/reception- career
He's one of the fastest and quickest players in the NFL, right up there with Chris Johnson. Whenever he touches the ball, everyone expects fireworks. Whenever he's back to return a punt or a kick, everyone in Soldier Field stands up, even if they'd rather be huddled up protecting themselves from the -5 degree windchill of Chicago.
Not only is he one of the most exciting players in the NFL he's also the face of the Bears franchise (or will be once Urlacher retires.)
Kyukfan said 05/30, 02:57 PM
Kick/Punt returns are nice but only a small part of the game. The player I choose is a young up and coming and lots of fun to watch and that's Jamaal Charles.
How can you not enjoy watching him, unless you are a fan of the opposing team. He averages nearly 6 yards per carry and has only three years of experience with 2 seasons above 1000 yards rushing already. He also rushed for nearly 100 yards per game. That's a tremondous boost to the offense. He has made it to the pro bowl only once in three years however he was behind Larry Johnson his rookie year. He will be a great player and ultimately be more important overall to his team than Hester will be.
I think maybe your pick had a bit of homerism in it. Also I'm not sure if you know this but he hasn't had a TD from Kickoff return since 07'. As far as kick returns go his numbers have reduced alot.
chicagoreppin said 05/30, 04:39 PM
I like Jamal Charles but I don't think that he's anywhere near the most EXCITING.
People kick AWAY from Hester because he's so dangerous. You don't see every team stacking the box because Jamal Charles is coming to town. He's a great back sure but he isn't as lethal or energizing as Hester.
Look at these stats. This is the average numbers of yardage per touch. (receptions, rushes, kr/pr.)
5,226 total yards.
7,200 total yards.
Obviously, Hester gets more yards per touch. And don't say it's because he isn't as fatigued as Charles because not only does Hester also play WR 75% of the offensive plays and Charles shares carries with Thomas Jones.
And Hester didn't return a kick for 2 seasons is because the Bears tried to use him too much on offense and he was much too tired to be as effective as he could. They tried to bottle his explosiveness and electricity and bring it to offense. Last season, they finally learned how to use him and he had a career season.
Charles is a good player but I wouldn't even put him in the top 10 most exciting players.
Kyukfan said 05/30, 09:19 PM
You are trying to argue who is better not who is more exciting. People also throw away from certain CB's but that doesn't mean it is because they are exciting it's because it is a smart decision. I think you got away from your original point.
Plus your stats are skewed because yards from the scrimmage are much harder to get than say receiving yards and rushing yards. So that is unfair. That is like comparing tackles from a MLB and a OLB. The MLB is always going to have more tackles because honestly it is easier to get them at that position.
That's not a good excuse. His PR numbers hasn't changed at all. 08' also doesn't justify your explanation either because he had good KR numbers and good receiving stats. Career season? In what?
2010: worst receiving yards since 07' (the first year of actually being a WR), worst receptions since 07', worse ypg receiving since 07'. Where exactly did he have a career year except for receiving TDs? I think you need to check his stats. He had a very mediocre year actually.
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