September 18, 2014 was an amazing day for Atlanta Falcons returner Devin Hester. That's the day he broke Deion Sanders' touchdown return record. That was week 3 of the 2014-2015 NFL season. Earlier that year Hester signed a three-year deal with the Falcons. In week 1, after having been ignored in the passing game during his time with the Chicago Bears, Hester caught 5 passes for 99 yards. Two weeks later he'd break Sanders' record, force a fumble, recover a fumble, and rush for a touchdown. (And he did all of that in front of a national television audience.)
Fast forward two years and Hester finds himself in a remarkably different place. Many of you have wondered whether he will even break camp with the Falcons. He's still working his way back from off-season surgery in January that was expected to require 3-6 months of recovery time. Players will report for training camp in a few days and per ESPN, he remains the Falcons' biggest "injury question mark."
Devin Hester, the most accomplished return man in NFL history, still remains a question mark coming off toe surgery. The 33-year-old Hester is confident he can still be a dynamic weapon when healthy, but he played in just five games last season as a result of the injury. If Hester is fully cleared to return for training camp and has no lingering effects from the surgery, it will be interesting to see what he shows in the return game during the preseason.
It's crazy how quickly things change in the NFL. One moment you're on top of the world. Then all of sudden the fanbase is wondering aloud whether there's room for you on the roster. Your thoughts?