The latest update shows that Chicago’s new offensive playmakers are being seen more, even if you have to look quick. Second-year player but first-year receiver Devin Hester finally caught a pass; and rookie running back Garrett Wolfe got his first three NFL carries last Sunday.

Talk is turning into action for three young Bears.

The latest update shows that Chicago’s new offensive playmakers are being seen more, even if you have to look quick. Second-year player but first-year receiver Devin Hester finally caught a pass; and rookie running back Garrett Wolfe got his first three NFL carries last Sunday.

Rookie tight end Greg Olsen didn’t catch any of Brian Griese’s 34 completions against Detroit. But he had two receptions for 28 yards in his pro debut the week before against Dallas.

Griese himself was adjusting to his first start as a Bear, giving the team another new look.

As for the three new heralded offensive weapons, Griese lumps them in with everyone else.

“Anybody who’s willing to go out and make plays,” said Griese, who got plenty of work with those three throughout training camp and preseason games. “We need to find guys that make plays, even if that starts with me and the offensive line giving us opportunities. We just need to make more plays in general.”

Although Olsen, Hester and Wolfe have made contributions, they’ve been minimal.
Hester’s catch was for three yards. Ditto for Wolfe’s rushing total. Olsen is averaging one catch per game when suited up.

“We’ve struggled as a unit,” said Wolfe, the former Northern Illinois standout, of the overall offense.

The solution?

“By executing better, with everyone knowing what they’re supposed to do instead of having nine guys doing what they’re supposed to do and two guys not doing what they’re supposed to do,” he said. “Everybody has to pull in the same direction.”

Offensive coordinator Ron Turner keeps assuring that their roles will increase.

Regarding Olsen, he said, “It will come the more he plays. He’s coming off that knee (injury) and he’s still learning to play fast all the time. We’ll definitely continue to get him the ball. He’ll definitely be a big-time impact player for us.”

Olsen’s not concerned about being blanked at Detroit.

“Sometimes that’s how the game goes,” he said. “You look around the league, some guys get no balls and then the next game get 15. A lot goes into it, so there’s no reason to get worked up about it.”

Head coach Lovie Smith marvels at Hester’s consistency, yet it’s not being seen regularly on offensive snaps.

“He’s been the most consistent for us with the returns,” Turner said. “In time, the more he gets out there, the more comfortable he’ll feel, and the more we’ll be able to get him involved in the offense. We are trying to continue to get him out there and get him the ball.”

Hester leaves the coaching to the coaches. He said he has “no idea” how they should get him the ball more often.

“I’m just going with the flow,” he said. “We’re talking about it a lot this week, and last week we tried to get me more into the rotation. I’m contributing in other ways. You have to credit the defense for the three-and-outs allowing me to go back for punt returns.”

Wolfe called his first rushes “great, very exciting.”

“Ideally, I’d like to play 15 to 20 snaps,” he said. “We have two other talented running backs who are very good football players (in Cedric Benson and Adrian Peterson). I just want to make sure I do in my limited reps what I’m supposed to do. At some point, that may increase.”

Reed Schreck is the NFL Writer for the Rockford Register Star. Contact him at 815-987-1381 or rschreck@rrstar.com.