Take your pick: Hester or Cribbs?

July, 18, 2008
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 Joshua Cribbs returned punts full time last season.
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

In Friday's ESPN.com article on Joshua Cribbs, Cleveland Browns special teams coach Ted Daisher said he would take Cribbs over any special teams player in the NFL.

And that includes explosive Chicago Bears returner Devin Hester, who is widely regarded as the best in the league at fielding kicks.

Now, it's your turn.

Who would you rather have on your team: Hester or Cribbs?

Both are considered the best returners in their respective conferences and were Pro Bowlers last season.

 
 AP Photo/M. Spencer Green
 Devin Hester has 11 returns for TDs in two seasons.

Hester could go down as the most dangerous returner in NFL history. He already has 11 returns (seven punts, four kickoffs) for touchdowns in two seasons.

Cribbs is tied with Hester with four career kickoff returns for touchdowns, and just began fielding punts full time last season. He averaged 13.5 yards per punt return in 2007, including a 76-yard touchdown.

But unlike Hester, Cribbs also covers kicks extremely well and led the Browns in special teams tackles the past two seasons. Cribbs plays on four special teams total, compared to Hester's two.

So there is the case for each player. If you could only pick one ace on special teams, who would it be?

In the video below, the NFL Live crew also debates the issue of Cribbs' all-around special teams versatility.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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