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Bears working Devin Hester at defensive back

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10:15 AM ET 11.23 | Devin Hester on Friday downplayed his recent work with Bears defensive backs during position drills. However, he believes he could have a positive impact on a game if the situation required him to play defense. "I think so, but we're deep at DBs right now," Hester said. "We have second and third options if anything goes wrong with the guys playing now. If push comes to shove, it's fourth quarter, 2 minutes left in the game and we need to go any kind of coverage with me back there, I'll do it." Hester performed position drills Wednesday and Friday with the defensive backs during the portion of practice open to media. They were the first times he did so this season. The Bears drafted Hester as a cornerback and kick returner in the second round in 2006, but he played only one season as a reserve cornerback before converting to wide receiver.

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November 23, 2013  10:26 AM ET

There hasn't been a player tinkered with as much as him since Kordell Stewart.

And look how that ended.

November 23, 2013  10:27 AM ET

On this site, a player will be built!

November 23, 2013  10:33 AM ET

Again?

November 23, 2013  10:40 AM ET

Apparently he is exactly what they thought he was when drafted, an outstanding kick returner. but that is pretty much where the story ends. He is UFA after this year.

November 23, 2013  10:44 AM ET

Bears working Devin Hester at defensive back

The Bears are always doing this. Hell they even tried Jay Cutler at QB.

November 23, 2013  10:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Bears working Devin Hester at defensive backThe Bears are always doing this. Hell they even tried Jay Cutler at QB.

Jay is probably wishing Hester is on the Rams roster this weekend.

November 23, 2013  11:00 AM ET

I am not sure why they keep moving him around. Seems to me he did pretty well on the return crew

November 23, 2013  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Apparently he is exactly what they thought he was when drafted, an outstanding kick returner. but that is pretty much where the story ends. He is UFA after this year.

This.

I know Trestman wasn't around when Lovie Smith and Jerry Angelo tried turning Hester into their #1 WR a few seasons ago, but Hester is a return guy, plain and simple.

November 23, 2013  11:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I am not sure why they keep moving him around. Seems to me he did pretty well on the return crew

The only reason I could guess is the Bears are trying to see if they can get any other use out of him to justify keeping him around after his current deal expires.

November 23, 2013  01:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

This.I know Trestman wasn't around when Lovie Smith and Jerry Angelo tried turning Hester into their #1 WR a few seasons ago, but Hester is a return guy, plain and simple.

Hester excels when the ball floats forever, going end over end.

Christian Ponder could turn Hester into Jerry Rice.

November 23, 2013  01:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Bears working Devin Hester at defensive backThe Bears are always doing this. Hell they even tried Jay Cutler at QB.

+1

November 23, 2013  02:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Hell they even tried Jay Cutler at QB.

That was funny.

November 23, 2013  03:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

That was funny.

Yeah, it was.

November 23, 2013  04:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Bears working Devin Hester at defensive backThe Bears are always doing this. Hell they even tried Jay Cutler at QB.

XD

November 23, 2013  09:22 PM ET

The defense is in shambles with all the injuries but this is just desperation.

November 23, 2013  11:19 PM ET

Well, Peanut Tillman is out for the year. Melton is out for the year. Chicago has made it through Cutler's injuries better this year than last, and they actually have a shot at the playoffs with an easy schedule in front of them.
All jokes aside, nothing wrong with having a contingency plan. Lovie Smith lost his job, in part, because he failed to have backup plans in the past.
Shoot, can anyone recall that in 2004 Troy Brown started taking some snaps on defense and he had more interceptions than receiving TDs, and his team won the Super Bowl. While it seemed like a joke that he was out there at all, his team won. Perhaps, Trestman has some fresh ideas that can keep the Bears in a tight race for the playoffs. If they beat out Detroit for the division title, they get to host a playoff game.

November 24, 2013  09:56 AM ET

What the hell am I doing back here?

 
November 24, 2013  10:11 AM ET

I'm surprised he bears haven't tried him out as a tail back. problem is if o-line can't open some holes for him he will be spinning his wheels. not really big enough to break a lot of tackles.

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