Devin Hester eager to hit home run

Devin Hester is confident that it’s only a matter of time before he breaks off a big return. But the NFL record-holder conceded Thursday after practice that he’s “very anxious” to do so.

“This has been something that I’ve been living and dying off of, the return game,” Hester said in advance of Sunday’s contest against the Packers. “We haven’t been hitting the home runs the past two games, but hopefully this week we can pick it up and start back to where we used to be.”

Hester enters Week 3 averaging just 20.0 yards on five kickoff returns and 5.0 yards on two punt returns. Last year he averaged only 2.0 yards on six punt returns in the first two games before busting loose with a 62-yard touchdown, coincidentally, in a Week 3 win over the Packers at Soldier Field.

“This is my sixth year and I know that you have to be patient," said Hester, who owns the NFL’s all-time record with 14 combined kick return TDs. “You can’t over-think or try to force something to happen. That’s when you make mistakes. You have to just be patient and when it comes, it comes.”

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