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Devin Hester Not Happy with Role in Bears Offense So Far

With two catches in three games, receiver Devin Hester said Friday he is frustrated with his role in the Chicago Bears’ offense.

“It’s hard being one of the top electrifying players in the league and you’re not able to get your hands on the ball as much as you want,” Hester told Jesse Rogers of before Friday’s practice.

“We try to get him the ball. It doesn’t always work out, like that one in the end zone (against the Rams on Sunday) that was designed for him,” offensive coordinator Mike Tice said Thursday. “Basically it was a one-man route. We’re trying to find ways to get him the ball. Sometimes the coverage dictates we’re going to go to him, sometimes it doesn’t.”

The Bears have struggled to find a way to use Hester consistently in the offense since they committed to him as a receiver in 2008. He had career-highs of 57 receptions for 757 yards in 2009, but his catches have dropped to 40 and 26 the past two seasons.

He hopes the “Hester package” of plays that was talked about in the offseason and during training camp will be used soon.

“Hopefully it’ll come one day, but for right now I’m in the same boat as you guys,” Hester said. “I’m trying to figure out when it’s going to come. It’s a disappointing feeling. I know what I’m capable of.”



  1. bob

    October 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Well kinda tough delivering a deep ball or setting up a screen for Hester when your line not giving you much time. Even with that tho Hester has a couple of drops already this season including a wide open TD pass. Hopefully we can get Hester involved but lets be honest about what we have. We have a super talented kick returner playing WR. He should not be getting more than a handful of touches a game. Our biggest advantage would be to hope opposing defenses are caught off guard for a Hester big play but he is not going to be a dominant WR ever. Marshall and Jeffery are the future. Hester Bennett and whomever else will be great role players if utilized correctly. In my opinion trying to force feed Hester (for the past few years) into the offense has stunted the growth of the entire offense. BTW I am not dogging my guy. Hester is prob one of the most talented players we have but he is playing out of position and shouldnt be an offensive focus. He could have the potential to be a great complementary guy tho.

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