Look at the future

Despite not having a topflight quarterback, Bears receivers have put up some big numbers over the past few years. However, it helps to have a relationship between the pitcher and catcher.

Marcus Robinson set a single-season franchise record with 1,400 yards receiving in 1999. Who threw the majority of the balls to Robinson, none other than Cade McNown.

Over the past two seasons Jim Miller's favorite target was Marty Booker, who became the first receiver in team history to hit the century mark in receptions during the 2001 campaign. Then he followed that effort with 97 receptions last season.

Kordell Stewart is the Bears starting quarterback, but who will be his go to guy? Is it time for David Terrell to assume the role, or will Booker remain the team's top receiving threat?

At this point, Rex Grossman is a year or two away from being a fulltime player. However, that doesn't mean he isn't already forging a relationship with his receivers.

Grossman is still learning the offense, but has the benefit of coming in with two rookie receivers, in Justin Gage and Bobby Wade.

"Gage and Wade are good young receivers," Grossman said. "They are getting comfortable with this new system as well. As they learn, they will start to play a little better and their talent will come out."

Wade is being counted on as a returner, but had a productive college career at Arizona. He caught 93 balls for 1,389 yards with 8 scores as a senior and named first team All-Conference. Although, Wade lacks ideal receiver height at 5'10 he could offer a different look from the Bears big crop of wideouts.

"He returns both kicks and punts so we like that and we also thought he was a very disciplined inside receiver," Dick Jauron said of Wade

Gage could be a steal in the fifth-round. Splitting time between basketball and football limited the amount of weight Gage could put on, but he still compiled 156 receptions over his last two seasons at Missouri. Gage had a 42-inch vertical jump, but a concentrated offseason training program should help him fill out his 6-foot-4 frame.

"With Justin Gage, it's not often you get a 6-4, 220-pound receiver that we had an excellent time in his 40 and his other measureables were dramatic," Jauron said. "I think there's a lot of upside."

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