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Devin Hester gets some practice time at defensive back

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Devin Hester was a defensive back early in his career with the Bears before switching to receiver when the coaches saw what he could do with the ball in his hands. When coach Marc Trestman arrived this year, however, he said he wanted Hester to put all his energy into what he does best, returning kicks.

But Hester could get some time on defense this season. With cornerback Charles Tillman out for the regular season, slot cornerback Isaiah Frey nursing a broken right hand and safety Craig Steltz recovering from a concussion, the Chicago Tribune reports that Hester did positional work with the defensive backs for the first time all year this week.

Hester said he believes he can fill in on defense if he needed, but he doesn’t seem to think that’s likely.

“I think so, but we’re deep at DBs right now,” Hester said. “We have second and third options if anything go wrong with the guys that’s playing now. If push comes to shove, it’s fourth quarter, two minutes left in the game and we need to go any kind of coverage with me back there, I’ll do it.”

The Bears would prefer not to need Hester on defense, but if they suffer many more injuries in the secondary, they might.

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20 Responses to “Devin Hester gets some practice time at defensive back”
  1. skoobyfl says: Nov 23, 2013 9:06 AM

    A third hat, nice.

  2. justintuckrule says: Nov 23, 2013 9:07 AM

    Goodells rule changes unfortunately relegated Hester to the most expensive waste of a roster spot in nfl history

  3. purplengold says: Nov 23, 2013 9:08 AM

    perfect deep safety for hail mary coverage

  4. bettis3636 says: Nov 23, 2013 9:17 AM

    All Hester HAD to offer WAS speed… He never could hold any skilled position.. Now what does he have… Didn’t Chi wanna cut ties with this guy in the off season anyway… hes a waste of a roster spot!

  5. schmokes says: Nov 23, 2013 9:19 AM

    The bears continue to try and prove just how mediocre Devin Hester actually is.

  6. coachkilla6 says: Nov 23, 2013 9:21 AM

    D-E-S-P-E-R-A-T-I-O-N at its worst. Hester should only be on the field for special teams. Dude is not a real football player, just a niche player.

  7. elmaxoh says: Nov 23, 2013 9:35 AM

    The guy might one of the best returner of all time why would you want him to be anything else ?

  8. jsharris54 says: Nov 23, 2013 9:37 AM

    What’s with all the Hester hate? I don’t think coaches are expecting him to be a shut down corner, but with injuries all over on defense the Bears might as well try to give him some work incase the injury bug keeps biting. Just because one of the best return men in history is playing on another side of the ball (his position out of college)bdoesn’t make it a desperation move. Special teams is 1/3 of the game.

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 23, 2013 9:47 AM

    Idiot Cincinnati Bengals owner/general manager mike brown appreciates any team that plays non-wide receivers or non-starter worthy wide receivers as starters as a way of keeping salary down.

    mike brown’s trick is to find non-starter worthy guys who CANNOT achieve big results/big stats… but… with good work ethic and/or likable personality… so… when it comes time to pay them or acquire/pay for REAL #2 and #3 RECEIVERS…. fans cry and moan with personal attachment as opposed to embracing the opportunity of upgrading the receiver position…. and…. mike brown re-signs the low level receivers on the cheap due to low results.

    SEE: Marvin Jones/Mohamed Sanu/Andrew Hawkins

  10. kabasaman says: Nov 23, 2013 10:00 AM

    The question is: Why Not? He’s got the speed and the time. The dude is special. To deny it would be dumb.

  11. oriolesvsravens says: Nov 23, 2013 10:35 AM

    I think this is where he belongs. He doesn’t have to run precise routes or catch in traffic. Play man or a zone. Give a good effort at tackling. Defend passes instead of catching them. He’s better here than in the slot.

  12. 2difshoe says: Nov 23, 2013 11:38 AM

    coachkilla6 says:
    Nov 23, 2013 9:21 AM

    D-E-S-P-E-R-A-T-I-O-N at its worst. Hester should only be on the field for special teams. Dude is not a real football player, just a niche player.

    =======================================

    Roacheater….Hester is probably going in to the HOF as a special team player, that’s significant seeing not many special teams players are in the Hall.

    Oh, and like the Packers, with the decimation of the defensive players this year, Bears are still tied for first.

    BEARS !!!!

  13. johnnyjagfan says: Nov 23, 2013 12:21 PM

    I don’t understand all the anti comments, either. The guy used to make picks and run them back so well that they thought he should play offense. Shouldn’t have ever made that move. He’s a DB/KR.

  14. sfkforever says: Nov 23, 2013 12:23 PM

    expose the guy a little more why don’t ya…

  15. The Jets are the most pathetic franchise of all time says: Nov 23, 2013 12:29 PM

    Interesting. Maybe he can be worth something on the defensive side of the ball because he’s useless on offense, but I still don’t get how. Guys like him, Dante Hall, Rod Smart, never understood how they can be so lights out in one facet of the game while concurrently being so average in all others.

    #jetsareajoke

  16. larryboodry says: Nov 23, 2013 3:18 PM

    I don’t have a problem with this, other than the risk of potential injury.

  17. bearsfan4life says: Nov 23, 2013 5:28 PM

    johnnyjagfan says:
    Nov 23, 2013 12:21 PM
    I don’t understand all the anti comments, either. The guy used to make picks and run them back so well that they thought he should play offense. Shouldn’t have ever made that move. He’s a DB/KR.

    ……………………………………………

    Certainly you aren’t trying to say what this looks like. It looks like you’re trying to say he had interceptions (plural) that he would make good returns on.

    Name one.

    You can’t. Hester is tied with you and me in career interceptions with ZERO.

    How is it possible you had 18 thumbs up on this comment? Do people not actually watch the games?

    Be honest. He is a world beater at KR & PR. He isn’t a CB and he isn’t a WR. Period. End of sentence. There is no debate. If he was, he already would be. He can’t be either which is why he is neither.

    I’m sorry. Thumb this down all you want, but the guy couldnt beat out Johnny Knox at WR nor Nate Vasher at CB. That is the way it is.

    He’s a good dude. He is a team first guy. He is amazing at what he does. He just isn’t a WR or CB. He just isn’t.

  18. str8infamous says: Nov 23, 2013 5:46 PM

    Well its about time…he was a DB in college, not a great one, but a DB none the less. He might have been better off in the long run never changing positions, either way he’s over paid for his skill set.

  19. staffordsyear says: Nov 23, 2013 7:59 PM

    He sucked at being a wr, and they think he can cover a wr? lol.

  20. dafc0n says: Nov 23, 2013 10:38 PM

    Everyone has an opinion, thats OK, say what you will, insult who you want, BUT, when your team is playin the Bears, and you say you ain’t nervous about kickin the ball to Hester, You’re Lying!!!!!!!

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