Devin Hester uncertain of his role in the offense

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons returner Devin Hester, unsure of his role in the new offense, reported for training camp on Thursday.

Hester was used as a wide receiver last season and had a role as the fourth wide receiver.

“It’s still up in the air,” Hester said. “I really don’t know as of right now.”

The Falcons released third wide receiver Harry Douglas over the offseason, but they signed two free agent receivers in Leonard Hankerson and Carlton Mitchell. They also drafted Justin Hardy in the fourth round of the draft.

“The new coaches want us to compete right now and may the best man win,” Hester said.

Hester, Miami, 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, caught 38 passes for 504 yards and two touchdowns last season.

He’s one of the most prolific return men in NFL history, holds NFL records for punt return touchdowns (14) and combined career return touchdowns (20).

Over his career, he’s totaled 3,481 yards on 282 punt returns. He has also added 6,632 yards and five touchdowns on 267 career kickoff returns.

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