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 ESPNChicago.com 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.”