Dez White has had that responsibility for the majority of the last two season and has shown glimpses of star quality, yet he's inconsistent. Last year he had 51 receptions with an average of 12.9 yards per catch last season, but only reached the endzone four times.
David Terrell was the 8th pick in the 2001 draft and it seems his time to start is now. He looked on his way when injury ended his season after Week 5. Terrell had just nine receptions, but three went for touchdowns.
The two should battle for the spot, but unless the Bears change their philosophy on Terrell, White has already won the job.
Terrell has been labeled as a flanker, which is situated closer to the middle of the field, the same position Booker plays. Terrell has said he feels more comfortable in the split end position but hasn't been given the opportunity to play there.
White will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2003 campaign and will need to put up numbers to get a big contract here or somewhere else.
On the other hand Terrell is entering his third season and has started just seven games. He hasn't been quiet about anything since coming to Chicago and making him the third receiver could cause some friction.
Newly acquired Kordell Stewart could go along way in determining who will start. He's been working out with Booker and White at Halas Hall. If a relationship is forged early then Stewart could look to White as a go to guy.
Something will have to give during training camp and yield Booker's counterpart. The competition will be good, but either way White and Terrell must turn potential production for the Bears offense to make a leap forward.