It’s speculation at this point, most notably coming from a post by Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, but it’s guesswork that has some legs under it – that being the possibility that former Chicago Bears return specialist and wide receiver Devin Hester, longtime the bane of the Packers special teams, might be wooed to Green Bay.
Demovsky post came out this afternoon and included this passage:
The Packers want to upgrade their return game while also taking receiver Randall Cobb out of that job. Cobb, who has three career special teams touchdowns on returns, will take on an even greater role on offense this season after the departure of James Jones.
After Jeremy Ross was released and Cobb sustained a knee injury early last season, the Packers turned to rookie cornerback Micah Hyde as their primary returner. Hyde ranked fifth in the NFL last season in punt return average (12.3 yards per return) and had one touchdown. But the Packers struggled all season on kickoff returns, ranking 30th with a 20.3-yard average. Hyde is expected to have a larger role on defense this season, perhaps even moving to safety.
What are your feelings on this one? Do the Packers spend the money on a guy like Hester or do they work in-house and do their best to improve special teams without going out and spending money on a return specialist?