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Week 1 vs. GB
Receiving: 4 / 90 / 1 on 4 targets
Hester had two very impressive catches, starting with a great over the shoulder grab on the first drive for Chicago that showed how developed of a wideout he is becoming for the Bears. Hester later added a 36-yard touchdown sprint on a go route where Cutler hit him clean in stride. Hester adds more work as a kick returner and continues to be a big play threat every time he touches the ball. As Cutler and Hester get more comfortable and other receiving options become more of a threat on a weekly basis, Hester will push to be a true NFL WR1 for the Bears and become a starting caliber fantasy receiver.
Week 2 vs. PIT
Receiving: 4 / 21 / 0 on 7 targets
Hester was barely used except on short passes, where his penchant for dancing and trying to find an opening was smothered by the Steelers relentless pursuit. He did make the key third-down catch of the game to set up the game-winning field goal on a low target from Jay Cutler, and he'll do better when Cutler actually has time to let a deep route develop.
Week 4 vs. DET
Receiving: 1 / 2 / 0 on 1 targets
Devin Hester had to leave the Week 4 tilt with the Detroit Lions early. Hester injured his shoulder on a tackle by S Louis Delmas on an attempted wide receiver screen and went to the locker room for testing and evaluation and did not return to action. Since Week 5 is a bye and the Bears took over the game early in the second half, keeping him out of the game was a wise move.
Week 6 vs. ATL
Rushing: 2 / 11 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 83 / 0 on 10 targets
Hester was Chicago's most dynamic looking and most called upon player in week 6 vs Atlanta. His contribution were all over the field, from the passing game (10 targets for 6/83), to the running game (2/11), to lining up in the wildcat formation, to special teams where his returns set the Bears up with good field position multiple times. Hester was targeted in the red zone but was overthrown by Cutler in the 2nd quarter. The Bears continue to utilize Hester as much as they can and he continues to make plays. Is he a rising WR star in the NFL? Time will tell.
Week 7 vs. CIN
Receiving: 8 / 101 / 1 on 9 targets
There's no doubt that Hester is Cutler's number one receiver. Cutler kept going back to him, even after a fumble. One deep target was thrown well, and Hester timed his jump well, but he couldn't come down with it. Cutler seemed to really lean on Hester in the two-minute drill, and Hester also made a nice play to evade tight coverage and get open on his touchdown catch.
Week 8 vs. CLE
Rushing: 1 / -5 / 0
Receiving: 7 / 81 / 0 on 8 targets
Hester and Jay Cutler were on the same page all day. Deep in routes, bubble screens, slants were all effective. Hester showed strong hands on an in route, grabbing a pass just off the turf for a first down. Hester was also difficult to tackle in space, often adding multiple yards after the catch. He was again Cutler's most targeted receiver.
Week 9 vs. ARI
Rushing: 2 / -3 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 94 / 0 on 12 targets
Hester began the game with a beautiful catch down sideline for a 42 yard gain; it couldn't have been more perfect as he was tightly covered and caught the ball in stride at full speed. After that, he was targeted often, both on long throws and short catch-and-run patterns. Hester made some plays but was never able to get loose after the catch, and lost ten yards on his only rush of the day.
Week 10 vs. SF
Receiving: 7 / 48 / 0 on 14 targets
Devin Hester was the leading receiver for the Bears in Week 10, hauling in seven grabs on the night. Given all his targets (14), however, Hester should have easily topped the century mark, but the inaccuracy of QB Jay Cutler cost him on a few of those looks. Hester did slip and fall on a route which wound up in the hands of the 49ers, but Hester did not get many chances to find the end zone. Look for Hester to rebound off of an off night for both himself and Cutler and put up better fantasy numbers over the next few weeks.
Week 11 vs. PHI
Receiving: 4 / 18 / 0 on 9 targets
Hester was constrained this week by Jay Cutler's conservative approach and lack of touch on his deep passes. He was able to get open on a couple of occasions using his speed to create separation, but it was all for naught. To highlight how bad things were for Hester this week, he caught 4 passes for 18 yards, 16 yards coming on 1 play.
Week 12 vs. MIN
Receiving: 1 / 20 / 0 on 2 targets
When Troy Aikman is telling folks that you're not a number one receiver, it can't be a good thing. Hester's performance was called out by the former Cowboy early in the game, and the words proved prophetic as Hester finished with only one reception for 20 yards. The play was a nice catch and run to the sideline where Hester turned it from a short pass to a nice gain. It was his only real impact on the game. He had only two punt return opportunities as well, and nearly fumbled away one of them before falling on the ball. In the current Bear offense, he is not a legitimate fantasy option.
Week 13 vs. STL
Rushing: 1 / -4 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 48 / 0 on 3 targets
Hester timed his leap perfectly and caught his deep ball like a true WR to get the offense going on this cold Sunday. He also made a one-handed catch on a short fade in the end zone, but couldn't get both feet down. He was later hurt (calf) on a botched end around, but it looks like Hester will be fine to play in week 14. The potential is there for him to be a solid everyweek play if this pass offense (read: Jay Cutler) can settle down and find an identity.
Week 17 vs. DET
Receiving: 3 / 75 / 0 on 4 targets
Devin Hester proved that he is most effective when he's returning kicks and stretching the field for big plays. On Chicago's second series, after the interception, Jay Cutler aired it out to Hester because he had beaten his man to the end zone. The Ball hit Hester in the hands and he dropped what would have been an easy six points and would have put the Bears out to a quick 10 point lead. Instead, the Bears were forced to punt. Hester came up big on kick and punt returns, including a nice 44 yard return after the Lions had tied the game at 3 near the end of the first quarter. It set up Chicago's second field goal and put them out in front again. Near the end of the second quarter, he took a quick out from Cutler and worked his way up the field for a nice 12 yard gain. It helped set up the Bears first TD pass and put them back in the lead just before the half. His biggest play came about half way through the fourth quarter. Cutler stepped up to avoid pressure and hit Hester on a deep crossing route over the middle. Hester broke it for an even bigger play for 48 yards and the biggest play of the game. Three plays later, the Bears took the lead for good.