Devin Hester is one of the most explosive return gentlemen in NFL heritage. (USATSI) Devin Hester was drafted into the league as a defensive back again but the Bearsknew his true value was as a returner. He’s confirmed that countless occasions for the duration of his seven seasons, and he presently retains the NFL record for most all-time return touchdowns (each kicks and punts).
Hester also strains up at broad receiver, exactly where he caught a individual-best 57 passes in 2009. In the a few seasons since, even so, his receptions have declined, from forty to 26 to 23, and his 10.five yards-for each-capture average in 2012 was the most affordable of his profession. And now, beneath second-year general supervisor Phil Emery and new coach Marc Trestman, Hester’s spot on the Bears’ closing roster may possibly not be certain.
Fail to remember broad receiver, in accordance to CSNChicago.com’s John Mullin, Hester is operating to hold on to a place as a returner.
“Trestman explained as considerably earlier this offseason and observing the rotations for the duration of minicamp, with Earl Bennett amongst other folks fielding kicks,” Mullin wrote Sunday. “Trestman once more utilised the word ‘competing’ to describe Hester’s situation as the Bears’ major returner.
“With the Bears limited from the salary cap, Hester’s 2013 base of $1.85 million is perhaps a factor, as is his age (31 in November), if he does not create a level of dominance approaching what he had ahead of operating into the offense as a receiver.”
Presently, Hester is listed as the Bears’ No. four broad receiver powering Brandon Marshall, Bennett and second-year participant Alshon Jeffery. If the two sides end up parting approaches in the coming months or months, Hester will not be out of perform prolonged. Competent return experts — even people in their early 30s — are hard to occur by. Groups will line up to indicator him even though at some thing less than what the Bears were established to pay him this season.
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