DEVIN HESTER #23 Wide Receiver
7th season / Miami (FL)
Bio - The three-time Pro Bowler, in his seventh season with the Bears, holds the all-time NFL record for combined career kick return touchdowns at 17 and also lays claim to the NFL record for punt return touchdowns (12) and punt return average (12.9). Hester is one of just four players in NFL history to eclipse the 2,500 yard mark in receiving yards, punt return yards, and kickoff return yards. He also owns the Bears franchise record for career punt return yards (2,654) and is third in kickoff return yards (3,447). Since moving to wide receiver in 2007, Hester has led the Bears in receiving yards and ranks second in receptions and touchdown receptions. He made an immediate impact upon entering the NFL, posting twelve return touchdowns in his first two seasons (the most ever by a player in his first two seasons and the most ever in consecutive years). Hester holds the franchise single-game records for punt return yards (152 at Arizona in 2006) and kickoff return yards (225 at St Louis in 2006). Also against St. Louis in 2006, he became the sixth player in NFL history to record two kickoff returns for touchdowns in the same game with returns of 94 and 96 yards, which also made him the fifth player in NFL history with multiple games having two or more kick return touchdowns (the other game in 2007 vs Denver). Hester's eighteen total return touchdowns (12 punt, 5 kickoff, and 1 missed field goal) are second most in NFL history, behind Deion Sanders' nineteen.
Lou's Call – Devin told me he will have 40-50 catches this season for 800-900 yds. Don't laugh - he had a career high 57 rec for 757 yds in Cutler's first season with the Bears. If the "Devin Hester package" is actually pulled off of the coaches shelf and used in Tice's offense, Hester could be the MVP on this team because he does so much. In other words, he remains "ridiculous" when it comes to returning punts and kicks!
Tom's Take – Devin Hester will also benefit from the addition of Brandon Marshall. He will no longer be asked to be the teams best receiver, a role he was unfairly asked to play. Devin will move around, they will try to get him the ball in space and let him us his tremendous speed and elusiveness. Devin should be able to set a career best for receiving yards. He should also continue to be the leagues premier return man.
Dionne's View – Highly praised as having the best OTA's of anyone at Halas Hall. Um, ok, let's see that translate when there's a defense out there. Anxious to see him thrive in the "hester package" of the offense.