Hester Brings Special Ability

Even though the Bears focused their draft on the defense, there's still hope the offense will benefit. Cornerback and return specialist Devin Hester has the ability to take it the distance any time he touches the ball.

Hester ran a 4.36-second 40 at his pro day workout and was one of the most exciting players in college football during his three years at Miami.

"Devin Hester has a lot of ability, when he gets his hands on the football there's very few that can do what he can once he gets his hands on the ball so hopefully we'll be able to get a little of that this year," said Coach Lovie Smith.

The five-foot-10, 190-pound Hester started games at tailback, cornerback and nickel back. He's extremely raw as a cornerback, but the Bears believe of they put him at one position and leave him there, he will develop much more rapidly than he did at Miami, where he was used in all three phases of the game.

Despite little playing time and practice at cornerback, Hester intercepted 5 passes for the Hurricanes. With one position in mind, Hester believes he can be something special in the secondary.

"I do want to show them that I'm capable of being a great corner," Hester said. "I know everybody's looking at the special teams, it's already there, but I don't want to be labeled as just a special teams guy. I want to be labeled as a lockdown corner and that's what I'm out here trying to do."

While Hester's learning the cornerback position, the Bears are convinced he gives them a difference maker in the return game. As a freshman he averaged 30.3 yards on kickoff returns and averaged 16 yards as a punt returner with three touchdowns.

A Second Chance
Although Coach Lovie Smith tried to downplay the addition of RB Tony Hollings, who signed a two-year deal, the move raises questions about the future of Thomas Jones in Chicago.

Jones has not been partaking in the voluntary off-season workouts at Halas Hall. The team fielded trade offers for him before the draft.

The Bears considered selecting Hollings in the 2003 supplemental draft out of Georgia Tech, but the Texans took him in the second round of the process. He played three uneventful seasons in Houston.

Hollings has played in 23 career games and made one start. He has 149 career rushing yards on 49 carries and caught seven passes for 71 yards. He appeared in just two games with the Texans in 2005, recording no statistics on offense.

No Harm No Foul
If anyone knows what it's like to be on the other side of a heckler it would be an athlete. That didn't stop FS Chris Harris from exchanging pleasantries with Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning during Thursday night's victory over the Bulls.

"Well I'm a season ticket holder with the Bulls. I'm a big basketball fan and I try to go down and support the team as much as I possibly can," Smith said. "I assume that's what Chris was trying to do. Sometimes you can support your team a little bit too much, but hopefully no damage was done. We realize how it is to be on the field competing with fans heckling you so hopefully that wasn't the case."


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