TAMPA, Fla.--Devin Hester ran a fly pattern through radio row Friday morning, pitching a new running shoe that will be released by his sponsor Under Armour on Saturday as the sporting apparel company launches a grass-roots advertising campaign.
Hester also talked some football and said the end of the season came at a time when he was just starting to hit stride as a wide receiver. Twenty-five of his 51 receptions came in the final six games as he and quarterback Kyle Orton started to find a connection, even if the deep ball remained elusive. He was still making plays downfield with a catch of 27 yards or more in four of those games. A case can be made he's at the position that needs the most overhaul on the roster, but it appears the arrow is still pointing up for him as a receiver.
"I really don't know [what they're going to do at receiver],'' Hester said. ``We're probably in the process of rebuilding, you can see from the coaching changes and everything we're trying to turn the organization around. Whatever they're doing, it's for the good of the team. It's putting the pieces together and getting it going.
"The timing with Kyle, it started getting good. I hated that it took until the last couple games of the season but sometimes that's what happens. When you have patience, good things will happen.''
The club showed great patience with him in the return game and it never materialized after two record-setting seasons. His average of 6.2 yards per punt return was one of the lowest in the league but all expect him to remain in the role with Danieal Manning likely serving as the kickoff returner.
"Oh yeah, I expect to get my mojo back,'' Hester said. "I kind of found myself, at the end of the day, trying to please everybody and putting the man up above beside. That's what I regret. I fell away from giving God glory and that's on me. This year, I'm not out to please human beings, I'm out to please God. That's who gave me my God-given talents and it's a whole new mentality for me moving forward."