Devin Hester's second year learning the receiver position was slightly better then his first year as a starting wide receiver.
Devin Hester has been in the league for four years now. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears as a return specialist and was used also as a backup corner back in his first season.
He is best known in the league as the dynamic return specialist that he started his NFL career being. The last three seasons however he has been learning the receiver position with mixed results.
Devin Hester can look very good some weeks and very poor the next week. Devin Hester has amazing speed and agility unmatched by nearly anyone else in the NFL. He possesses an amazing ability to make people miss in the open field. He also has average hands for an NFL wide receiver.
On paper Devin Hester could be with his skill set one of the top receivers in the league. However all of that potential has not fully been able to translate to the field. Many players in the history of the NFL have taken some time to transition into a new position. Hines Ward for example has been one of the league's dominant receivers over the last decade and had an equally slow transition after being a receiver for Georgia.
This season however marks the first season that the Chicago Bears have had any stability at the quarterback position since Devin Hester began learning the position. The offseason workouts and the previous season games together should play a key role in the Jay Cutler to Devin Hester connections development. Lovie Smith over the last two seasons has somewhat tried to force Devin into a role where he would have to become a top level receiver in the league.
However going into this year with new offensive coordinator Mike Martz he recognizes Hester's value as a slot receiver in his offense and plans to play him that way.
Mike Martz's arrival should really help Devin Hester take his game to another level. I for see an improved statistical year for Devin coming off of yet another 50 some catch year. Within Martz's offense Devin's skill set should be utilized to a level they have never been at before.
And although he will no longer be one of the top two with Martz's offense being put into place there is plenty of reason to believe he will get lots of playing time.