Falcons WR coach Terry Robiskie: Devin Hester's role is to win

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- A lot has been made during Atlanta Falcons training camp about Devin Hester's role in the offense.

This offseason, Hester told ESPN.com he was uncertain about his place in new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme and wouldn't know until mid-training camp. He was by no means disgruntled when he addressed the matter. That being said, the emergence of rookie Justin Hardy as a primary slot guy only fuels more speculation about Hester's touches coming off a season during which he caught 38 passes for 504 yards and two touchdowns.

The topic was brought up to wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie, and Robiskie's response spoke volumes about the mindset he wants from all of his receivers.
"Tell him his role is to win a game," Robiskie said. "That's easy. Tell Devin Hester his role is to win the game. That's all. Tell him I said so.

"I don't care what he is. He can be the quarterback if he wants as long as he can go out there and win the game. ... When we put him in the game, wherever we send him, go win the game. That's his role."

Of course, Hester's primary role is as the team's return specialist. He was named to the Pro Bowl last season in his first year with the Falcons. He also set an NFL record with his 20th return score with a 62-yard punt return touchdown against Tampa Bay. But even at the age of 32, Hester can't be discounted for what he can do on offense with his elusive ability. Last year, he ranked fifth in the league with an average of 6.7 yards after the catch.

Hester missed Sunday's practice to rest a sore toe and ankle. He isn't concerned about it becoming a lingering issue.

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