Hester impressed GM A.J. Smith in his college days with his versatility. The former LSU running back was regarded as one of the best receivers out of the backfield in the school's history.
Since arriving to the Chargers, though, Hester has seen his role reduced to a more traditional fullback role, having to block and come out of the backfield as a rusher or receiver only on a very limited basis.
In 2008, his rookie season, Hester carried 19 times for 95 yards, a five yard per carry average. He also caught 12 pases for 91 yards, scoring two touchdowns for the year.
As the year wore on, he got more touches, as evidenced by his eight carry, 37 yard (and 1 TD) performance against Denver, that also featured two receptions for 19 yards.
Pros: Excellent hands, good speed, is a viable threat to run or catch the ball at all times, good special teams contributor, can play as fullback, halfback or H-back depending on the situation, has also been used as slot receiver.
Cons: Although he displayed better blocking in the playoffs, has been known to be overpowered by bigger players, lacks solid footwork that allows him to be consistent upper-body blocker, dropped a few balls on pass plays.
Season Outlook: Though he is not the bulldozing inside blocker that LaDainian Tomlinson once had in Lorenzo Neal, Hester is a serviceable fullback that provides another good card in Philip Rivers' deck of offensive options. Look for Hester to be more involved in this year's offense, as he came on strong to end 2008.