Chicago Bears receivers coach Darryl Drake said that they will limit snaps for wide receiver/kick-returner Devin Hester next season with the intention of making better use of his time on the field, ESPN Chicago reports.
The Bears are continuing to try to get the most out of Hester, arguably the greatest kick-returner of all time, and the “Hester Package” is the latest attempt. General Manager Phil Emery talked about the ‘package’ last month, saying “You never know where he’s going to line up. … he will have a package of plays that we feel can bring out his dynamic ability to the forefront.”
“The talent has always been there,” Drake said. “It’s just a matter of not having him play 70 plays and throw to him twice. Play him 15 plays, let him touch it 13 times. In order for him to be effective, we don’t need to have him out there playing that many plays. … we need to have that package, and Mike Tice — I promise you — he’s going to do it.”
The Bears have added to their receiving corps this offseason, trading for Brandon Marshall and drafting Alshon Jeffrey out of South Carolina. It will be interesting to see if this new scheme allows Chicago to get the most out of Hester’s skillset.