The Chicago Bears had their first practice under new head coach Marc Trestman on Tuesday. Trestman immediately distanced himself from his predecessor Lovie Smith. Trestman did so with his handling of Devin Hester. Unlike previous coaching regimes for the Bears, Trestman’s coaching staff has not fallen for the hype machine that is Devin Hester. Trestman has announced that Hester will work exclusively as a kick returner for the Bears. Meaning, no longer will Hester be given the false identification of a wide receiver.
Hester is arguably the greatest kick returner in the history of the National Football League. However, Hester’s status of being a great kick returner has taken a hit in recent years due to his inclusion in the team’s offense. The Bears are hoping that a return to exclusive kick returning duties will bring with it the return of one of the greatest kick returners to ever play the game.
With Hester now working exclusively as a kick returner, the question begs asking if the Bears should hold onto the kick returner for the 2013 season. Reasoning being that it makes little sense for the Bears to give a roster spot to a player who is exclusively a special teams player. To clarify, the Bears generally like players who can be flexible in terms of playing an offensive or defensive position as well as being a contributor on special teams. While Hester was once a great kick returner, it is reasonable to suggest that he will not be able to regain his top kick returning form. For the sake of this argument, lets say that Hester struggles as a kick returner this season. If Hester is not producing as a kick returner and he is not going to be a part of the team’s offense, then he would be no different from a paper-weight. That is why the Bears would be wise to trade Hester if the opportunity surfaces between now and the start of the 2013 NFL Season.
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