As Devin Hester prepares for the 2012 season, he’s determined to generate explosive plays in the pass game just as he’s done throughout his career as a record-breaking return specialist.
“When I catch the ball, I want to accelerate and make guys miss,” Hester said Wednesday. “That is my biggest goal this year. When I get my hands on the ball, I want to explode out and every time before I go down I want to make two or three guys miss. If there is only two out there, I want to score.”
Since being moved from cornerback to wide receiver in 2007, Hester leads the Bears in receiving yards (2,565) and ranks second in receptions (194) and touchdown catches (13).
Hester is looking forward to adding to those numbers as part of a revamped offense that was bolstered by the offseason additions of receivers Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Eric Weems and Devin Thomas; running back Michael Bush; and quarterback Jason Campbell.
“This is an offense that I think can fit me,” Hester said. “We’ve got a nice quick game coming along as well as deep down the field. If [defenses] want to stack the box with the great running backs that we have, it’s going to open up for the receivers.”
Hester has especially enjoyed working with Marshall, a three-time Pro Bowler who is one of only three NFL receivers to compile at least 1,000 yards in each of the last five seasons.
“Just sitting back and watching him working his mechanics, the way he works as a receiver, it kind of leaps off on me and I try to just copycat after everything he is doing,” Hester said. “He has been helping out a lot. I think he is going to contribute to our team as well as help us out in a major big way.”
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