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The Bears have one of the best receivers in the game in, <!--Default NodeId For Marty Booker is 722190,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:722190]>Marty Booker</A>, but the signing of <!--Default NodeId For Desmond Clark is 648865,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:648865]>Desmond Clark</A> should only improve his numbers. The team has been lacking a pass catching tight end since the days of Mike Ditka.

Although, Clark will not be confused for "Iron Mike" he has a 50 plus reception campaign on his resume. Injuries slowed Clark's progress last year, but he's healthy and ready to be a starter for the first time.

The Bears believed in Clark enough that they gave him a six-year contract worth $12 million.

During the Bears mini-camp, Clark made an impression on the field.

"He can stretch the field vertically," said Dick Jauron of Clark. "He's got good hands. He's got a feel for the game and the fact is that we've seen him do the things on the field in the NFL that we're going to ask him to do. To my knowledge he's never been the starter. That's the difference now, he is the starter. He is our guy."

Opposing defenses will have to pay attention to Clark. Most linebackers will not be able to keep up with the tight end, while at 6'3 and 255 pounds he's too big for most safeties to handle.

A viable threat at tight end will give additional life to Booker because he won't have to go for as many balls over the middle, which is usually were a receiver takes the most punishment.

At this point Clark's goals are simple and include getting comfortable in the Bears offensive system.

"It took me three years to feel that I was at the top of my game in this league, to feel as if I really belonged," Clark said. "I feel that I have the skills to be a starter and to make a difference in a game. My goal during preseason is to move my game to a higher level still. I think I fit in well into the schemes of this team. They've tightened up a few things and the situation is very comfortable for me right now. What the Bears have told me is that if I work hard and do what they've told me, then I can expect to get the ball."


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