Devin Hester, Bears Receivers Don't Have To Be Great, Just Good Enough

Zack Pearson@Zack_PearsonCorrespondent IApril 8, 2010

CINCINNATI - OCTOBER 25:  Devin Hester #23 of the Chicago Bears runs for a touchdown during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 25, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Last year when the Bears acquired Jay Cutler from the Denver Broncos, the first question to pop into everyone's head was: Who will catch Cutler's passes?

That answer still wasn't clear until midway through last season.

Devin Hester had his moments as a receiver, but injuries plagued him in the later part of the season. He has not been a true No. 1 receiver and never will be. To fully utilize Hester to his abilities, the Bears need to put him in the slot and use his speed.

Rookie Johnny Knox also flashed a lot of it last year, making plays receiving and returning kickoffs. A dangerous combination of Hester and Knox could lead to open field mismatches for opposing defenses.

Earl Bennett was a solid possession receiver last year, and he could be the favorite for the No. 1 receiver job this year—as long as he can stay healthy.

New fan-favorite Devin Aromashodu broke out at the end of the year and will compete with Bennett and others for the No. 1 receiver job.

And, come training camp, there will be plenty of competition for the starting receiver spots.

The thing is, the Bears receivers don't have to be great. They simply have to be good enough.

They don't need a Pro-Bowl receiver—although that would be a nice thing to have. The guys they have just have to do their jobs.

If Hester, Aromashodu, Bennett, and Knox all play their roles, the offense can have major success.

Cutler will help these guys as well. But it's mostly on them to do their jobs and help the offense.

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