Bears receiver Devin Hester continues to get overwhelming support at Halas Hall.
The latest person to heap praise on him is receivers coach Darryl Drake, who made clear the veteran isn't at all insecure about the addition of Alshon Jeffery.
"I promise you Devin is not reading press clippings about Alshon Jeffery, but I bet Alshon Jeffery is reading press clippings about Devin Hester. Devin Hester don't give a crap," Drake said. "He just want to go out there and play.
"And let me tell you something about Devin Hester, you got to know how I feel about him: All we've got to do is use him. That's all we have to do, and you'll see what kind of player he is, period."
Drake said to ask other NFL players about Hester.
"Ask Brandon Marshall what he thinks about him as a player. Ask Darrelle Revis and some of those guys what they think about him as a player, and what they feel they have to do to cover him," Drake said. "Is there a concern? Ask those guys. Don't ask me, ask those guys. They'll tell you, because they tell me.
"Ask defensive coordinators around the league. So the talent has always been there. It's just a matter of not having him play 70 plays a game. Throw to him twice. Play him 15, let him touch it 13. You know? And that's always been my stance. But if he's going to play 70, the ball needs to come his way 10, 12 times a game, easily. But in order for him to be effective, we don't need to have him out there playing that many plays."
With that being said, though, Drake really likes the addition of players like Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, Eric Weems and Devin Thomas.
But Drake said Marshall has been a "joy" to work with.
"I mean he's a football player. He just does things, he's just a joy to be around, period. He's a joy to me, he's a student of the game first and foremost in the meetings. He is the one that is forcing Earl and Devin and Dane [Sanzenbacher] and those guys to raise their games," Drake said. "He's the one that's forcing them to do that, because of his talent.