The Ravens’ search for a reliable return man may lead them to free agent Devin Hester, who holds the NFL record for combined punt and kickoff returns for touchdowns (19).
Hester worked out for the Ravens on Friday morning, CSNmidatlantic.com has confirmed.
Interest in Hester indicates the Ravens have not settled on wide receiver Michael Campanaro to be their punt returner, or on anyone to be their kickoff returner.
Campanaro handled the Ravens’ one punt return during Thursday’s victory over the Saints, and he returned two kickoffs, while rookie wide receivers Keenan Reynolds and Chris Moore each returned one kickoff. However, Campanaro fumbled one of the kickoff returns and was fortunate to get it back.
Reynolds has struggled with catching punts consistently during practices, and has probably not done enough to make Saturday’s 53- man roster cut.
Hester is 33 years old and may have lost a step, but his experience and success as a returner may provide the comfort the Ravens are looking for in a returner.
Hester was bothered by a toe injury that led to him being released by the Falcons in July.
However, Hester has expressed a desire to play one more season, and that could mean joining the Ravens. Is Hester is not signed, the Ravens may stick with Campanaro as their returner, or turn to a veteran like safety Lardarius Webb or even wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. once he returns from his Achilles injury.