After becoming a record setter a season ago, the Chicago Bears are doing what they can to get the ball in Devin Hester’s hands more often. The team is going to move Hester to wide out as well as running back this upcoming season. Hester already returns kicks for the Bears, and plays cornerback.
Last season Hester ran back five kicks for TD’s last season, including the opening kickoff to the Super Bowl, which the Bears eventually lost to the Indianapolis Colts. Head coach Lovie Smith knows that the team needs to get Hester more involved in the gameplan. “I think Devin Hester is one of the most exciting players in the NFL with his hands on the football,” Smith said to ChicagoBears.com. “I think he would be an excellent defensive back, also. We just feel that this is in the best interest of us and him for him to achieve his full potential as a football player.”
Hester does have experience playing at wide out and running back, as he did a little bit of both at the University of Miami. He also played corner at Miami, and that is the position the Bears took him to play when they took him in the second round of the 2006 draft. “We had several meetings until I just really said that there’s no I in team, and however I can help the team I’m willing to do it,” Hester said. “It’s going to be a great experience. I’m just going to go over there and try to give a little spark to the offense. There will be more opportunities to make big plays and I think it’s a great idea.”
The idea of Hester playing on offense has to put a scare in the rest of the NFC North, as well as the teams the Bears come up against in 2007. If Hester can duplicate what he did in 2006 when he touches the ball, he quickly may become the best weapon the Bears have on special teams, defense, and offense.