One of the NFL’s most electric players might be seeing a few fewer opportunities to be electric. At least on offense. That, for now, is the Bears’ plan for Devin Hester.
Hester said the plan is to scale back his role in the offense in order to keep him fresh for punt returns, per Brad Biggs of The Chicago Tribune. Hester, who had been on the field for 90.7 percent of offensive plays through the team’s first four games, saw only 19 snaps against the Panthers as the Bears emphasised the run.
A fresh Hester did reel off a 50-yard punt return during the first quarter.
Earl Bennett and Devin Aromashodu were the recipients of the extra snaps in place of Hester as the Bears used more two tight-end sets. Though, as Briggs points out, expect Hester to see more time when Jay Cutler returns.
— Frank Tadych