Camp Chat: Devin Hester

Devin Hester has a long list of capable cornerbacks in front of him on the Bears depth chart, but he still has a chance to make a big impact on special teams this year in the return game. The rookie out of Miami took some time to talk to Bear Report after a scorching hot practice on Friday afternoon in Bourbonnais.

What is NFL training camp with the Chicago Bears like compared to what you went through in college down at the University of Miami?
"It's more on the safe side of things. Where at Miami, in college football, it's all running, each and every day, hitting. At the pro level, it's more kind of saving the guys and make sure they're ready. Just basically getting the fundamentals and things like that down for the long season ahead. "

What's it like coming to a team where your position, cornerback, is considered one of the deeper positions on the roster?
"It's been a great experience working with the guys, as far as like Nate Vasher and (Charles) Tillman. The more experience you get from learning from those guys, they're great athletes, and you just kind of sit back and learn from them."

Are you trying to concentrate more on special teams and not quite as much on defense, is it the other way around, or do you try to split your time evenly?
"In what I've been told, it's more gonna be a little bit more on special teams. You still got the main position that you want to focus down and get settled in with. So right now, I wanna say a little bit more on special teams, and then the DB will come."

You were always the fastest guy on the field back with the Hurricanes, but are you worried about the speed of the NFL game catching up to you?
"I believe that's true. I mean, if this is the next level, the highest level you can go, there's always going to be somebody out there that's faster than you. I don't ever have that mentality where I'm going to be the fastest person in the league, but I would love to be. Unfortunately, everybody's not able to do that. And I just thank God for what he gives me, and I'm just gonna continue to work hard at it.'

This is the first time you won't be getting any reps on offense, but would you like to get some action on the other side of the ball and maybe get a few passes thrown your way?
"Basically, after I return one or two punts, hopefully they'll see that I got special talent with the ball in my hands. And maybe they'll try to give me a little bit of offensive plays."

JC


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