Devin Hester | KR | Chicago Bears
Posted: 6/17/2013 11:40am et
Chicago Bears KR Devin Hester is competing to keep his job as the primary kick returner. WR Earl Bennett is also fielding kicks, and at age 31, Hester could become a salary cap casualty.
Huddle Up: Maybe over the offseason Father Time has sapped Hester of his ability to be one of the most dynamic return men in the game. But if the Bears kick him to the curb you can bet he'll find another home elsewhere in the league. Fantasy owners should view Hester as a value-add to your team defense/special teams or as a return man with a smidgeon of contribution at receiver, with the Bears or elsewhere.
Posted: 4/16/2013 11:11pm et
Chicago Bears WR Devin Hester did not work with the wide receivers Tuesday, April 16, during the first day of the team's voluntary minicamp. Instead, he worked all special teams plays, including kicks and punt returns. 'I love it, man,' Hester said after practice. Head coach Marc Trestman said Hester will focus on being the team's return man.
Huddle Up: Hester's catches and receiving yardage have declined in each of the past 3 seasons following his career-best 57-757 campaign of 2009, and the Bears are exploring other options at WR.
Posted: 3/20/2013 1:56pm et
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman said he is uncertain if WR Devin Hester will even practice with the receiving corps this season, let alone play there. He is considered purely a returner for now.
Huddle Up: Good news for those drafting the Bears' return unit that Hester will be allowed to focus on that aspect of his game; he wasn't bringing much to the table as a wideout anyway.
Posted: 2/3/2013 1:17pm et
Chicago Bears WR Devin Hester said he has no plans to retire at this time; however, he may need a change of scenery in the offseason. Hester felt totally ignored on offense, at times. His frustration mounted and he lacked focus as his touches faded both during games and in practice. 'I'm not making any excuses. I know some of the plays I should have made in terms of catching the ball. But I just wasn't feeling it. My mind wasn't there the majority of the time,' Hester said. In terms of seeking a trade, Hester said, 'It's a possibility. I'm loyal to my team. But the fans and my teammates have to understand where I'm coming from.'
Huddle Up: Hester has had a Hall-of-Fame-worthy special-teams career, but if he was going to make an offensive impact, it should've happened already on a team that's perennially been short on play-makers.
Posted: 1/2/2013 1:42pm et
Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said he believes WR Devin Hester was just speaking emotionally and that he won't be retiring after a frustrating season. "Obviously, Devin's under contract, so if he sent his retirement papers in, I would know," Emery said. "But I don't anticipate that. I think he's a great competitor. I think that was an emotional situation that evoked an emotional response, and I certainly understand that."
Huddle Up: Hester was likely caught up in the emotion of Lovie Smith's dismissal. He has an offseason to compose himself and report for training camp.