Last season Devin Hester made the switch from full time kick returner/punt returner to full time receiver.
Hester saw his numbers go up because he was not only the number one receiver, but he actually knew all of the plays.
Here are his all time career receiving stats:
2007: 20 receptions, 299 yards and two touchdowns
2008: 51 receptions, 665 yards and three touchdowns
Even though Hester saw his numbers go up, he could have had a monster year if he had a quarterback with a better arm than Kyle Orton.
The switch to receiver took away from his return game last season, where he had zero touchdowns on both punts and kick returns. His average at kick returning was similar to 2007, but his punt returning average was split in half compared to 2007.
You won’t see the incredible Devin Hester forcing kickers and punters to kick the ball away from him anymore, but you will see Danieal Manning and Johnny Knox returning kicks this season
You will also watch Hester’s speed and determination help him get into the end zone. The Cutler and Hester combo should be pretty sweet this upcoming season.
I am pretty excited that the Bears finally have a big time quarterback, who can actually get the ball down the field.
Having Devin Hester on the field with a big time quarterback, should give him the chance to take the it the distance every time, he is one dangerous player.
I would warn teams to watch for Hester at all times on offense and lets not forget that he will still be returning punts.
So, I think with a reduced role on special teams and a solid quarterback with a big time arm, he should be nothing but ridiculous this season.
What do you think?