During practice on Wednesday, Chicago Bears kick returner Devin Hester saw reps with the defense while playing the cornerback position. Of course, this ignited speculation that the Bears may plan to use Hester at the cornerback position at some point in the season.
Before the season began, Hester was relegated to kick off and punt return duties and no long was a part of the Bears offense. That was not the first time that Hester was moved away from a position on the Bears. Hester was labeled as a cornerback when the Bears drafted the return-man in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. During the early portions of his time with the Bears, Hester did see playing time on the Bears defense at the nickleback position. That experiment was quickly halted when the Bears realized Hester was a less than average player when the ball was not in his hand. A theory that was proven when Hester was never able to convert into a legitimate wide receiver.
Ever since Bears head coach Marc Trestman was hired, the consensus seemed to be that Hester would be an exclusive special teams player going forward with the team.
Injuries may force the team’s hand. Starting cornerback Charles Tillman is out for the remainder of the season and nickle cornerback Isaiah Frey is nursing a hand injury. If any more injuries occur at the cornerback position for the Bears, then the team would presumably be forced to insert Hester in at the position. But beyond that, there will be no defensive packages that include Hester.
Hester, in terms of practicing with the team’s defense, is nothing more than an emergency option at the cornerback postion for the Bears.