Devin Hester’s offensive production this season has consisted of two catches for 27 yards, and two rushes for four yards. He’s not satisfied with that.
Although Hester is still the Bears’ primary kickoff and punt returner, he hasn’t been involved much in the offense, and he says he’s getting frustrated.
“It’s hard being one of the top electrifying players in the league and you’re not able to get your hands on the ball as much as you want,” Hester told ESPNChicago.com.
But if Hester wants to get his hands on the ball more, he should be sure he catches the ball when it does hit his hands. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler hit him with what should have been a touchdown pass on Sunday against the Rams, and Hester dropped it. Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice pointed that out.
“We try to get him the ball. It doesn’t always work out, like that one in the end zone [against the Rams] that was designed for him,” Tice said. “Basically it was a one-man route. We’re trying to find ways to get him the ball.”
Hester, who played only 11 offensive snaps against the Rams, told reporters that he doesn’t know any more than they do about why he isn’t a bigger part of the Bears’ offense.
“Hopefully it’ll come one day, but for right now I’m in the same boat as you guys,” Hester said. “I’m trying to figure out when it’s going to come. It’s a disappointing feeling. I know what I’m capable of.”
What the Bears need to know is that Hester is capable of making catches dependably when the ball is thrown his way.