Originally Posted by Rey
I'd pick Hester up still even though we just traded for clutts. Hester is a guy that I think would fit well in this offense and provide more flexibility on game day. He can run the ball, block from the fb spot or play out in a wing position as well as play special teams.
Some comments from the Chargers forum (from January):
Not a personal attack on him or anything but can someone please explain Hester's role and his importance and why he is the best in the league at what he does.
No importance I say cut him. He can't block. He can't run. He can't really catch. What's the point of keeping a FB that can't do non of that??? You can draft one in the 5th round he will turn out just as good or better.
Hester doesn't do much. Drops a decent amount of passes, makes occasional bonehead mistakes (2010 fumble, stopped running and special teams catching a kick at the 3), he isn't big enough to block many people, nor is he fast enough to rush well. Is he a bad player? No. But losing him would not be a big deal.
In his early years Hester was a very good STs player. His play has declined on STs because he was forced to add weight to play FB. He's significantly slower now than he was his first couple of years.
That loss of speed hurt his receiving and running. His weight gain gave him marginal improvement as a FB. Let him lose those 15 lbs and regain his speed then he will probably be better on STs and as a #3RB.
He was faster than Tolbert when they both joined the Chargers. He at least could get outside back then. He would have been overall a much better backup RB than Tolbert.
His blocks are mostly cut blocks which if the bigger defender sees him coming can avoid. When he can't cut he tries to impede the defender. He can't clear a hole for Mathews, as he simply can't matchup to LBs.
Either allow him to lose weight and return to being a RB or let him go. They need better play at FB and that means a bigger guy.