With the free agency market well now dried and the draft now over, we enter the real offseason. Based on the players signed and drafted this offseason, we now all wait in anticipation of the 2012 Bears. For the first time since, the biggest offseason move in franchise history, trading for Jay Cutler, the Bears have spent their offseason building a team around their franchise quarterback.
While the new players will try to get adjusted to their new teammates and the playbook, current players will have to get adjusted to their new roles, one of them being Devin Hester.
With the Bears using their second pick (45th overall) on Ashlon Jeffery, Devin Hester may soon see limited snaps at wide receiver. In talking to the press, Bears GM Phil Emery said:
"We see him as a guy that is going to help our receiving corps in a big way. I know that Coach Tice has done a lot of planning. We want to make sure that we have a special plan for Devin, we have the Devin Package, a package of plays as a receiver. You never know where he is going to line up."
What does this mean for the new look offense?
With Brandon Marshall, Earl Bennett and potentially Jeffery on the field at the same time, Hester could be the odd man out, assuming Jeffery can get up to speed. With the “Devin Package”, Hester will be put in the best position, and a limited number of plays, to maximize his abilities and still force opposing defenses into matchup problems.
Let’s face it, Hester was force-fed wide receiver responsibilities and never really looked comfortable on the field as one. While Hester wasn’t ever a dangerous receiver, teams were still spooked by his ridiculousness as a return man.