New offensive coordinator Mike Tice's plan to include a Devin Hester Package within the scheme is not a novel idea.
Since the speedy wide receiver converted from cornerback in 2007, Tice's predecessors -- Mike Martz and Ron Turner -- endeavored to utilize Hester's unique skills. Or at least they said they would.
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But Hester's catches and yardage have declined in each of the past two seasons, and even in his most productive season (2009), he had a modest 57 catches for 757 yards. He's never caught more than 4 TD passes in a season and had just 1 in 2011.
But Tice seems like he means it.
"Mike's really dwelling on this Hester Package," Hester said. "I truly think that Mike and (quarterbacks coach) Jeremy (Bates) really do want to put this in this year. I'm looking forward to it."
Hester's numbers have never approached those of a No. 1 receiver, although he has been touted as such in the past by coach Lovie Smith. But now, with the presence of Brandon Marshall, Hester doesn't have to worry about such unrealistic expectations.
"He brings a little more excitement to the receiver corps," Hester said of Marshall. "A veteran guy who plays his tail off and became a true No. 1 wide receiver. With the mentality he has, it helps us see what it takes to be true No. 1 receiver. I'm just trying to be his little shadow. Whatever he's doing, I'm trying to do because I want to get to his level."
Adapting to change:
Jason Campbell has been a starting NFL quarterback since his rookie season of 2006, but he's Jay Cutler's backup now.
"The most challenging thing is just having to adapt and not getting a lot of the (practice) reps," Campbell said after Wednesday's OTA practice. "As a starter you get a lot of the (physical) reps, and as the backup you kind of learn mentally. Ever since I've been in the league I was the one getting a lot of reps. So now it's a little bit of a challenge to see how much can you learn just sitting in a classroom and putting the extra work in after practice."
Cutler has been very durable for most of his career, but Campbell is well aware of how quickly a backup quarterback can become the starter. Cutler had missed just one game due to injury in his first five years in the league, but he was sidelined for the final six games last season.
"You just never know in this business," said Campbell, who started the first six games for the Raiders last season before a fractured collarbone ended his season. "Last year there were nine starting quarterbacks that got hurt, including myself. I can't just get relaxed because you've always got to stay ready."