There is a convincing case to be made that Devin Hester is not an NFL wide receiver, but the best return man on the planet has always believed in his abilities as a WR and now he is complaining about a lack of touches in the Chicago Bears' offense. Jay Cutler has been accused of locking on to Brandon Marshall too often early in the season – something Cutler doesn't much appreciate, by the way – and Hester added to the strife when he told ESPN Chicago prior to Friday's practice that there aren't enough passes and touches coming his way:
"It's hard being one of the top electrifying players in the league and you're not able to get your hands on the ball as much as you want. They know I want the ball. I just have to keep working at it, keep my head up, and get better every day. And don't let it distract me ... I'm trying to figure out when it's going to come. It's a disappointing feeling. I know what I'm capable of."
Hester has just two receptions for 27 yards in 2012, but he probably lost the trust of O-coordinator Mike Tice and Cutler when he failed to finish his route against the St. Louis Rams in Week 3 that should have been a touchdown. Things haven't gone well for the Bears on offense through three games, and force-feeding Hester doesn't feel like the answer. Does he deserve to be on the field more often than any combination of Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Earl Bennett?
The Bears take on the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night in prime time.