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Draft Scout *Devin Hester News
11/20/13 - KR Devin Hester was practicing Wednesday with defensive backs. The Bears have had him practice at different spots at times during the season, more or less to give him something to do. But the secondary depth is a bit depleted at this point due to injuries to Charles Tillman and Craig Steltz, so it was basically done to have another body on the practice field and in case of an emergency.
"We try to keep Devin as busy as we can throughout the course of practice," coach Marc Trestman said. "But you never know. You never know. We certainly want to keep him doing what he's been doing.
"But he does have value, certainly, doing other things. And who knows. Nothing's out of the question. It's not something we've spent a lot of time talking about."
Still, it seems unlikely they would convert the kick returner, who is a former wide receiver and played defensive back in college, to a defensive back.
Tucker put it best when asked about a conversion to defensive back.
"No. I'm not in the converting business today," he said.
10/11/13 - KR Devin Hester became Chicago's all-time kick returner in terms of yardage with a 28-yard return against the Giants. He later had a 22-yard return, too, and it brought his record total to 4,643 yards. Glyn Milburn had the old record of 4,596. Hester already held the team record for punt return yardage (3,020).
09/16/13 - RS Devin Hester is known for recording the most punt/kick return TDs ever, he has always been better at returning punts for TDs than kickoffs. He has five TDs on kickoffs and 12 on punts. However, against the Vikings Hester showed he can still bring back kicks if he gets the opportunity from his blocking wall. Hester's team-record 249 yards in kickoff returns broke his old team mark of 225 set Dec. 11, 2006 (at St. Louis), which was his rookie year. That game included two returns for TDs.
Hester's returns come after the team turned him into a special teams player only and took away his wide receiver position during the offseason.
"I don't think we took a position away from him," Trestman said. "I just think we decided this was going to be his role. I don't think there was any kind of friction about making this decision."
08/27/13 - WR Devin Hester's job security hasn't been settled, but it sounds like special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis wants to do anything he can to avoid cutting Hester for any reason.
"For the most part, when you look at it around the league most everybody's keeping a returner," he said. "He might be the fifth receiver, but he's a returner. So it's not that huge of a deal.
"But he's (Hester) one of the best of all time, so hopefully we can get him back to that level he's been at in the past for sure. He's been great to work with, for sure."
01/09/13 - PR Devin Hester ran the wrong way too frequently and showed poor judgment fielding punts. But he still has the physical abilities to be a difference maker in the return game.