Bears coach Marc Trestmann did not even give Seifert a clear answer about whether Hester will practice with the wide receivers at OTAs. Instead, he said that Hester will be spending most of his time with special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis.
This is great and long overdue. Devin is the best kick returner of all time, but has been sub-par at best as a receiver. Hester being a receiver is a great idea in theory. He is nearly unstoppable when he is given open field.
In practice, Hester has been essentially a non-factor during the two seasons that he was made a receiver. He has dropped passes, blown routes and shown an inability to separate himself from defenders. Last year, Devin only dragged in 23 catches for 242 yards and a touchdown.
They don't need him as a receiver anymore either. It wasn't long ago when Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett and Hester were the guys catching the passes. Things have changed. Jay Cutler has great chemistry with Brandon Marshall. Alshon Jefferey has tons of potential. The acquistion of Martellus Bennett has given the Bears a legitimate tight end.
Devin Hester is the best at what he does and what he does is return kicks. Let the man return kicks.
Tyler Emken is a journalist and sports enthusiast operating out of central Illinois.