Jacob Hester, RB

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it's not all bad in caste NFL, sometimes we get a positive surprise (obviosly those wouldn't be surprises in caste free league).

Jacob Hester will play as a tailback, according to Turner!
 

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Hester will be a great backup behind Tomlinson. He can give Tomlinson a breather. Tomlinson will tire defenses with his speed and elusiveness and then Hester will come in with his bursting cutback hard-nosed north/south style and terrorize the defenses.

I'd be happy if Hester can get an offensive series a game and a few change of pace carries. That would probably give him 5-9 carries a game on average, he'll play Michael Turners role.

And just maybe when Tomlinson either retires in 4 years or so (I think he's about 28 years old) or moves to another team, Hester will be the main runner for the Chargers who can get 15-20 carries a game!Edited by: ToughJ.Riggins
 

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did any white runners get designated as runningbacks last year, or were they listed as fullbacks?

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what are the chances that Hester will be handed the ball on a regular basis next year? Is he their main go-to guy now? Or is he going to ride the bench for a while?Edited by: GiovaniMarcon
 

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It must be Spring; there's a lot of optimism in this thread.
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Well there's a lot to be optimistic about. It seems to me there are 4 teams that treat white skill players "relatively" fairly. That would be the Colts and Patriots of course and now the Chargers and Packers look to be "at least drafting fair."

And not surprisingly these are some of the league's best teams! I actually had Hester on my board as a third round HB, b/c it was so loaded this year at HB and that is exactly where he was drafted. The Packers now have Jordy Nelson, Brett Swain and Justin Beaver on their roster and I'm hopeful that even Beaver will at least make the practice squad b/c there's a lack of depth there!

The Rams have disappointed me with their treatment of Leonard (moving him back to FB) and playing Bennett out of position in the slot. I hope they clean up their act. The Bears and Jaguars are just pathetic w/ their treatment of white skill players and I hope they become perpetual cellar dwellers!
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I think someone has abducted Norv Turner's brain and replaced it with an intelligent one.

Seriously, first the Packers draft two white WRs, now Jacob Hester is going to be used as a backup HB? Dear god, what the hell is going on? Pretty soon this league will actually be fair!

If Nelson starts, the Pack will officially be the least-caste team in the league....a VAST change from the Mike Sherman era, in which they only had one white defesive player on the roster (Kampman). I'm actually getting optimistic about the NFL!Edited by: Thrashen
 

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it remains to be seen how he will be used, but if he will in fact inherit Turner's role, that might be huge!

i also hope that Leonard is not done as a runner in the league. having two white RBs is about 200% better than what we put up with for last 10 years.
 

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got good news in my mail this morning! check this out, this is coming from thefootballguys newsletter :

SD - The New Handcuff for LT: Jacob Hester

Source: Kevin Acee, San Diego Union-Tribune

The Chargers' AJ Smith traded a second-round pick in 2009 and this year's fifth-round pick to New England to get back into the third round and then selected Hester, a 5-foot-11, 230-pound fullback from LSU.


"This is the guy we wanted," Smith said.

Asked when he targeted Hester, Smith said, "When I left the LSU campus in November."


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Michael Turner for years has been the must have "handcuff" pick for fantasy owners who spend a high pick on LaDainian Tomlinson. With Turner gone, it would appear that the new backup for Tomlinson is Jacob Hester. He was listed as a fullback but the team envisions him as Tomlinson's primary backup. File that one away for your draft.
 

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article on hester :

http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/chargers/20080504-9999- 1s4chargers.html

That's Jacob Hester?

That's the guy for whom the Chargers gave up next year's second-round pick and a fifth-rounder this year?

That's the new Michael Turner?

Upon first seeing Hester in shorts and his Chargers jersey, this might be a common reaction.

cmon that's incredibly hatefull

"I've always heard I'm not the biggest or the fastest," Hester said.

That's because he's not. At his most generous listing, Hester is 5-feet-11, 225 pounds. He ran a 4.59 40-yard dash at the combine.

cmon, that's right on the average for NFL backs, both of thoses stats


how much of this crap will we have to endure? Talk about bullying those idea through every chargers fan's heads... they will demand him to be switched full time to fullback by the end of the preseason, and will be calling him a reach a waste and a disapointment by season 's end
 
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Word out of San Diego is that rookie Jacob Hester has spent the offseason program not only learning RB and FB duties, but has even seen reps lining up in the slot. It's not so much a surprise that he's been featured at both running back and fullback, but the fact that the Chargers are so deep at receiver makes his slot appearances a bit perplexing

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I really like that Hester landed on the Chargers. They seem like they really wanted him (and really wanted Weddle last year) in the draft. They're a pretty fair team overall, and one of the best in the league as a result.

I'd like to see Hester in every role possible. He has the speed to be a RB, the strength to be a FB, and the athleticism to be a Cooley-style TE. I think he'll have a long career in the NFL.Edited by: Thrashen
 

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It will be nice to see Hester and Weddle highlights throughout the season if things work out like they should. Using Hester in multiple positions will really shine a light on his athleticism.
 

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here rotoworld.com analysis on Hester's signing :

"Hester could be of some help to the Chargers as a fullback/reserve tailback/special teamer, but he'll probably never be more than a deep league pick in fantasy drafts. Don't rule out Marcus B. Thomas passing Hester on the tailback depth chart, either. He's also got Darren Sproles to contend with."

Cmon... Thomas ran a slower 40, was a one-year wonder at UTEP and the one year was less productive than Jacob in the SEC...
 

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Exactly! And Hester was used pretty uncreatively as the grind it out guy and always as the third and short guy and often had no blocking FB helping him out. However, he still matched Marcus Thomas' YPC in the tougher SEC. American black supremacy coverage continues.
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http://www.chargers.com/news/headlines/hester-continues-to.h tm

Hester continues to show versatility
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Tuesday, Jul 22, 2008
By Casey Pearce, Chargers.com
During Chargers minicamp and offseason coaching sessions, it wasn't uncommon to see Head Coach Norv Turner pulling at the ear of rookie Jacob Hester. Turner's teaching was described as a little "tough love," but it was instruction that the Bolts' third-round draft pick was grateful for.

"It's good," Hester said. "You need a little of that, especially coming in as a rookie. When he talks to you, you want to listen. I don't let things like that bother me. It helps you out so I appreciated it."

One of the reasons Turner had so much to say to Hester was due to the fact that the LSU alum is being asked to do so many things. During the first two days of training camp, Hester has served as the primary ball carrier during team drills but will likely be asked to play fullback, contribute on special teams and have a unique role in the passing game.

"It's kind of hard to tell exactly what (my role) is going to be, but I'm sure as camp goes on it will kind of dwindle down and come together," Hester said. "Right now it's kind of unclear. A lot of fullback, a little bit of tailback. I'm doing some stuff split out in the passing game. I'm just having a lot of fun, trying to learn it all."

In addition to simply making the transition to the professional level, Turner believes one of the biggest challenges Hester faces is learning to do a lot of different things to help the Chargers offense.

"Jacob is a young player and we obviously like him a lot," Turner said. "He has a lot to learn. This is a totally different level. Things happen a lot faster. It is a lot more physical so we're just going to bring him along as we can and see how he handles everything."

Turner describes Hester as a "natural runner" who will have plenty of chances to make plays with the ball in his hands, regardless of whatever may be asked of him.

"He is going to get the opportunity to be the guy that gives LT a break, the Michael Turner role, if you will," Turner said. "He is a talented guy. He catches well and is a good runner. He can block. We'll just see the kind of progress he makes through the preseason."


While Hester has carried much of the load while rookies, first-year players and select veterans get a head start on training camp this week, he realizes he'll likely be asked to do more of the dirty work once the rest of his teammates arrive this weekend. That's completely okay with him.

"When you're a fullback, (blocking) is just something we like doing," Hester said. "It's the reason we like playing football. Everybody likes getting the ball, but it's not the main thing."

This week, Hester has heavily relied on the lessons he learned during minicamp and OCS's, which have been extremely valuable.

"Having those 14 practices before I got here definitely helps," Hester said. "You feel like you know what you're doing out here. It's not really your first day. They expect you to be crisp. You're not really a rookie anymore after you have those (OCS's). They want you to know what you're doing. You don't have any excuses anymore. It's time to go."


the feeling I have once again is that Turner sees Jacob a s a running back, but that dumb beatwriter has the caste glasses on.Edited by: Gi-15
 

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"When you're a fullback, (blocking) is just something we like doing," Hester said. "It's the reason we like playing football. Everybody likes getting the ball, but it's not the main thing."

I don't like that, but i agree with G-1 that Turner is impressed with his skill set and that he will get a chance to play.
 

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Gi-15 said:
but will likely be asked to play fullback, contribute on special teams and have a unique role in the passing game.[/b]

"A lot of fullback, "

While Hester has carried much of the load while rookies, fhe realizes he'll likely be asked to do more of the dirty work once the rest of his teammates arrive this weekend. That's completely okay with him.

The above lines from the article I left included pretty accurate summarry what Hester will be doing. HES A FULLBACK! Get used to it folks. This is the same unfounded hype machine last year that got Brian Leonard's thread all the way up to 30+ pages. All because WE THOUGHT he would get the rock. Well it turns out tat one year later and Leonard is a FULL TIME fullback. Just another guard in the backfield. And you wanna know what? The same will hold true for Jacob Hester. In order to carry the rock it's called black skin privilege and Hester ain't got it. The dude will be the running back on 3rd and long which basically equates to ZERO carries. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. I don't like it but that's the way the world turns!
 

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whiteCB said:
The above lines from the article I left included pretty accurate summarry what Hester will be doing. HES A FULLBACK! Get used to it folks. This is the same unfounded hype machine last year that got Brian Leonard's thread all the way up to 30+ pages. All because WE THOUGHT he would get the rock. Well it turns out tat one year later and Leonard is a FULL TIME fullback. Just another guard in the backfield. And you wanna know what? The same will hold true for Jacob Hester. In order to carry the rock it's called black skin privilege and Hester ain't got it. The dude will be the running back on 3rd and long which basically equates to ZERO carries. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. I don't like it but that's the way the world turns!


When whites have been systematically and totally shut out of a position they can playvery wellfor a quarter of a century, that's the only realistic way to look at it until it begins to change.
 

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whiteCB said:
The above lines from the article I left included pretty accurate summarry what Hester will be doing. HES A FULLBACK! Get used to it folks. This is the same unfounded hype machine last year that got Brian Leonard's thread all the way up to 30+ pages. All because WE THOUGHT he would get the rock. Well it turns out tat one year later and Leonard is a FULL TIME fullback. Just another guard in the backfield. And you wanna know what? The same will hold true for Jacob Hester. In order to carry the rock it's called black skin privilege and Hester ain't got it. The dude will be the running back on 3rd and long which basically equates to ZERO carries. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. I don't like it but that's the way the world turns!

Not many fullbacks start at tailback for national championship college teams.
 
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We will have 3 white Rbs in the NFL this year. Leonard, Hester, and Danny Woodhead as the 3rd down back at NY Jets.
 

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It would be great if Woodhead really takes off and plays well for the Jets. With NY being such a major media market,if Woodhead shines the better for all of us.
 
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