Is Devin Hester Poised to Have a Breakout Season at Wide Receiver?

Devin Hester makes a great one-handed catch against the Cowboys.

Devin Hester has reached the top of the mountain in the return game, setting the record last season to become the all-time touchdown leader.  Playing wide receiver has been a side project for Hester between returns, but it seems like he’s ready to take the next step and become an elite wide receiver.  National Football Posts Matt Bowen likes what he’s seen out of Hester in Bourbonnais:

Talk to anyone inside the Bears organization at camp and they will tell you that Hester has had a great camp. What do I see? A player that looks more polished. We all know his lateral speed is unquestioned, but I saw a WR that really exploded out of his cuts. Hester dominated one-on-ones, put some clinic film together vs. press-coverage and showed improved footwork compared to last season. Second year in Mike Martz’s system could produce some numbers for Hester.

It’s no secret among fans that wide receiver is an area of need for the Bears heading into this season.  While Roy Williams is not Sidney Rice or Santonio Holmes, adding a legit wide receiver in Roy Williams opposite Hester will open holes for Hester in Martz’s system.

The Bears have tried to convince us (and possibly themselves) that Hester is a #1 wide receiver in this league.  He’s a nice fit and I think he’ll be a great Robin to someone else’s Batman.   If Roy Williams can command a double team or safety help over the top, Hester will be free to do what he does best.

If Jay Cutler can deliver the ball to him in stride in space with a safety to beat, I’ll take Hester any day of the week and twice on Sunday.  Kinda like this:

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