Jun 17, 2014; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) during Chicago Bears minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Position Battles: Chris Williams Ready To Replace Devin Hester?

The Devin Hester experiment ended in Chicago this past off-season. Despite a desire to return to the Chicago Bears, Hester signed with the Atlanta Falcons after it was clear that the Bears no longer had an interest in retaining the kick return specialist.

Hester’s departure from the Bears has left the team in need of kick returner.

When training camp starts next Friday, the expectation is that former CFL wide receiver Chris Williams and running back Michael Ford will compete to be the Bears’ kick returner this season.

Williams has already impressed some within the Bears’ organization.

While playing in the CFL in 2011 and 2012, Williams compiled a total of 1,450 return yards with 6 touchdowns.

Williams spent most of 2013 on the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad before signing with the Bears at the end of the season.

Williams spent much of this past off-season training with Brandon Marshall and other Bears’ players in Florida on a trip in which Marshall documented Williams’ dunking ability on social media.

Ford, on the other hand, returned 5 kickoffs for the Bears last season for a total of 37 yards. Ford is entering a training camp in which he needs to prove his value on special teams or risk not making the team’s 53-man roster.

With Williams impressing Bears’ coaches during team workouts, Ford is facing an uphill battle on making the roster.

Barring injury, Williams should be the primary returner for the Bears in 2014.

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