According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, return specialist Devin Hester has been attending the Chicago Bears voluntary workouts. In fact, Jensen says that all key players have been attending. This is absolutely huge news and a great sign for the Bears.
First of all, it means that Hester wants to play for the Bears this season. Depending on your opinion of the future Hall of Fame return man, it could be a positive or a negative. For the sake of the Bears putting up some points on special teams this year under new coordinator Joe DeCamillis, this is without a doubt a positive sight to see.
After the firing of former coach Lovie Smith, Hester was distraught and had been quoted saying he may not return to the game of football. Later in the offseason, he reiterated his desire to play solely on special teams and not be used in the offensive game plan.
While some may say this is just representative of a selfish attitude, I whole-heartedly disagree. Hester knows what he is capable of doing on the football field with the ball in his hands. He is aware that he was never truly going to pan out as a wide receiver, and is excited to get back to being what he is known for.
Hester is still one of the fastest guys in the entire NFL who possesses incredible field vision. Did he lose some confidence in the return game after having to play two sides of the ball? Maybe. Did he lose a step? Absolutely not.
Not only does he love the game of football, Hester loves to keep himself in tip-top shape. Why else would he be at a voluntary workout with the team? Every year, there are many players who skip the workouts with their respective team and go off to do their own routines. Hester not only wants to be with the Bears, he wants play at the highest level.
If anyone remembers when the Bears announced the hiring of DeCamillis, he was quoted saying that he is glad he doesn’t have to worry about coaching against a guy like Hester.
Now, he says that he is incredibly excited to get to work with him, and that he has certainly kept an eye on him over the past couple years. DeCamillis reiterates that Hester has not lost it, and plans to help his return man prove it this year.
Chicago not only has Hester there at the workouts, but all of the key players as well. With all of the talent they have added this offseason to help quarterback Jay Cutler, combined with the firepower of Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte and sophomore Alshon Jeffrey, the Bears are poised to have one of the best years in recent memory.
The only question now is how they intend to put it all together. Head coach Marc Trestman is said to be one of the most well-prepared coaches that any general manager has ever known or interviewed, and is also labeled as an offensive guru who can transform a quarterback. All the pieces appear to be in place.
Bears fans, are you excited yet?