Mike Tice insists Devin Hester will be very involved in offense
BY SEAN JENSEN firstname.lastname@example.org May 11, 2012 9:18PM
Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery wasn’t able to finish the first practice Friday at rookie minicamp because of cramps. | Nam Y. Huh~AP
Updated: June 13, 2012 8:11AM
When asked about the Bears’ most prominent returning receiver, offensive coordinator Mike Tice quickly pointed out he didn’t first mention a ‘‘Devin [Hester] package.’’
That, of course, came from Bears general manager Phil Emery during draft weekend.
Tice was a bit jumpy because of his own history.
‘‘I did the ‘Randy Ratio’; that came back to bite me in the [rear end], right?’’ a playful Tice said Friday. ‘‘But Devin is going to be on the field. If he’s not on the field, then they should fire me.’’
After he was named the Minnesota Vikings’ coach in January 2002, Tice said he had developed a formula to ensure that perennial Pro Bowl receiver Randy Moss would remain active in his offense. He called it the ‘‘Randy Ratio,’’ and he explained that at least 40 percent of the Vikings’ passes would be intended for Moss.
Moss had 1,347 receiving yards the next season, but he averaged a career-low 12.7 yards per catch. In addition, the Vikings finished 6-10.
Still, Tice reiterated a common theme at Halas Hall: Hester will be very involved in the Bears’ offense.
‘‘We see him as a guy that is going to help our receiving corps in a big way,’’ Emery said at the draft. ‘‘We want to make sure that we have a special plan for Devin. We have the Devin package, a package of plays as a receiver.
‘‘You never know where he is going to line up.’’
Jeffery doesn’t finish
Bears second-round pick Alshon Jeffery, a receiver from South Carolina, cramped up with about 30 minutes left in the first practice at rookie minicamp and didn’t complete the session.
‘‘Guys do a lot of working out on their own, but it’s not like when you come here and work out,’’ coach Lovie Smith said. ‘‘I really like what Alshon did most of the practice, really.’’
Jeffery didn’t have any drops.