The Ravens' kick coverage units need to be on high alert against Devin Hester, one of the most dangerous return specialists in NFL history. Hester broke his own franchise single-game record with 249 kickoff return yards in Week 2 this season, averaging 49.8 yards per return. After running back a punt 81 yards for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in Week 7 (above), he tied Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders with 19 all-time return touchdowns. Hester has 13 punt returns for touchdowns, five kick returns for touchdowns and one missed field goal returned for a touchdown. He's one of seven players in NFL history with 3,000 punt return yards and 4,000 kickoff return yards, joining Brian Mitchell, Allen Rossum, David Meggett, Eric Metcalf, Vai Sikahema and former Raven Jermaine Lewis. This season, Hester is averaging 28.2 yards per kickoff return, with a long return of 80 yards, and 14.5 yards per punt return. "I was describing him to a player the other day," special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said. "We have that concept in baseball: a five-tool player. Well, this is like the three-tool returner. He's got great speed, he can change directions with the best of them and he can break tackles. That's what makes him, in my view, special. Obviously, his numbers speak for themselves. He's a special returner, and we have to play extra especially well to keep him in check. Certainly, it takes a whole team to stop this guy." The Ravens special teams were solid against the Cincinnati Bengals last week, showing signs of progress from an up-and-down stretch. "I thought that we showed a lot more," Rosburg said. "The best words that I can use to describe it is, 'Commitment to our responsibilities.' Guys weren't looking around. They were actually just going down running as hard as they could and doing their job. "It sounds like a simple concept, it sounds like it should be taken for granted, but I think in previous weeks, we had a little bit of uncertainty [about] exactly what the responsibilities were within the coverage. I thought there was a lot more commitment to that this week. And they played much more aggressively as a result."
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