With Alshon Jeffery out for a few more weeks, we could see more Hester than we originally thought. The Bears seem to have more confidence then I do in the KR/WR. I think Hester could be used in some gadget plays and sparingly throughout the game, but his value is tied to punt and kick returns. Hester is the best returner in the history of the NFL, but the Bears may look to get him more involved.
“We haven’t really used him in some of the areas that we wanted to use him,” Tice lamented, per CSN Chicago. “But again we’re only a couple of games into this thing and we got a long way to go. We’re going to try to continue to grow his package. His package is going grow by the sheer fact that we lost Alshon this week.”
Gary Horton had this to say about Hester’s possible role in the offense:
“Hester has become a more integral part of the Bears’ offense as a receiver, and he remains the most dangerous return man in the NFL. Some have suggested he should play more Percy Harvin-type roles, but when you break him down on film, he does not have RB-type qualities and his skill set is different than Harvin’s. He is more of a straight-line speed guy, and his best production at WR is on outside routes. He is really effective on vertical plays, on which he can sometimes use a double move to shake the defender. For some reason, he is not quite as effective on bubble screens and reverses.”
I think people underestimate the skill set of Harvin. Very few players can do what he can do as a RB/WR/KR. I like the Bears wanting to use Hester in a ‘Hester Package’, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
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