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What Should The Chargers Do With Free Agent Jacob Hester?

What should the Chargers do with free agent Jacob Hester. His price tag won’t be too high, plus AJ Smith LOVES him.  I don’t see Hester getting one of the richest contracts by a fullback… but we will have to wait and see. The demand for an undersized fullback is not very high.

Hester does bring toughness onto the field and he is a big contributor on special teams. He is hard-nosed and he does a pretty darn good job at being the lead blocker for Ryan Mathews. He had a tough act to follow, Lorenzo Neal, but he has done a decent job. He adds more versatility than Neal, with his ability to catch the ball and also his ability to carry the ball. He is often given the ball on short yard situations and he knows how to fall forward to get that first down.

I think Hester is under-appreciated in this town because he had to follow the great LoNeal and his blocking for LaDainian Tomlinson. If Hester is not going to break the bank, then we should bring him back for a few years. He can be uses at running back in emergency situations and he is the best fullback on the roster.

I hope that Frank Summers is given an opportunity to get some reps next season though. He is a monster of a man and loves collisions. If Hester were to leave (and I strongly doubt this), Summers would be the lead candidate to start at fullback.

What should the Bolts do with Hester?

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  • All Charged Up

    Ugh, With Hester it’s kind of hard to quantify his usefulness as a FB. He is able to block, averagely, and he can catch the ball out of the back field pretty well, but we have RM and Tolbert to do that stuff. If we had a bruiser of a back that was one-dimensional, then I’d see Hester being back there as useful. But the fact is our back field is too soft, and having an undersized FB doesn’t help us much.

    So to answer your question, No, I think we should not retain him.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

      @All Charged Up i just wonder if we are going to bring back Tolbert or if Tolbert is going to go where the money is. I have a feeling that we will low ball tolbert

  • MikeTuck

    Nobrainer, you keep him while Mathews is running. Hesters effectiveness is due to the O-line play, he’s been solid, one of the few. He’s not Lorenzo but he’s catching the ball on 3rd downs that are a must, and getting a FB is hard to do in this league. If your going to play power running which Turner likes to do he stays. If we used two tailbacks and misdirection it would be different.

  • BoJackRusso

    I’m not sold on Hester as a great fullback, but his blocking does seem to have improved. I don’t know why we don’t get him the ball out of the backfield more though. I think he’s quicker than people realize and he’s fun to watch when he does get the ball.

    That being said, neither him or Tolbert are great NFL caliber FB’s. While Tolbert is also fun to watch, I doubt we can keep them both, but Tolbert has that goal line presence that can’t be ignored. I think they keep Hester first and then see what can be done with Tolbert. This is one of those times when I’m glad I’m not in AJ’s shoes. I don’t think you can mention Hester without bringing Tolbert into the conversation, and remember, Tolbert is a beast on Special Teams, so this will be an interesting situation to see what they do.

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    Tolbert is a MONSTER on special teams!!!! i don’t want to lose him just for that reason! i would be OK if we didnt use him as the 3rd down back anymore though