It didn’t take too long for Chicago Bears Wide Receiver/Returner Devin Hester to start losing snaps from rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and Earl Bennett. With the decreasing of snaps at the position, Hester is starting to get frustrated already with the “Hester Package”.
“It’s hard being one of the top electrifying players in the league and you’re not able to get your hands on the ball as much as you want”
There are plenty of reasons why Hester is getting hazed out of the offense. One of them is that Hester is not getting open despite so much attention Brandon Marshall is attracting from the secondary. Hester has under performed so far this season, only catching two catches for 21 yards through three games.
Another reason is that when he does get a chance, he doesn’t finish the play which is starting to frustrate his coaches’ specifically offensive coordinator Mike Tice.
“We try to get him the ball. It doesn’t always work out, like that one in the end zone (against the Rams on Sunday) that was designed for him” offensive coordinator Mike Tice said Thursday. “Basically it was a one-man route. We’re trying to find ways to get him the ball. Sometimes the coverage dictates we’re going to go to him, sometimes it doesn’t.”
Jeffery has captalize on Hester short-comings on the outside; he’s the teams’ second leading receiver. At 6-3 216 pounds, Jeffery creates more match-up problems on the outside compared to Hester. If the team wants to maximize Hester’s talent at the WR position, they would feature him in the slot.
As a receiver, his strength is getting the ball in space and creating yards after the catch. He could potential mismatch for nickel backs and LB’s in the middle of the field.
There is a slight chance that Hester could get this opportunity Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys, with slot WR Earl Bennett being questionable for the game.