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<!--Default NodeId For Bobby Wade is 738196,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:738196]>Bobby Wade</A> missed the first day of camp because contract complications, but quickly made an impression Saturday. As the receiver twisted in the air he made a one handed catch that quickly endeared him to the crowd.

"The main goal for me is to make sure I'm out here doing what I can do to make myself look appeasing to the crowd and the coaches so they understand that I'm serious about what I'm trying to do here," Wade said.

The fifth-round pick left Arizona left Arizona as the school's all-time leader with 230 receptions for 3,351 yards and 23 TDs.

"He'll get tested, but we have confidence that he'll compete very strongly for that fourth or fifth receiver position and then where he goes from there is in his hands and the other players."

Although Wade has proven he can catch the ball the Bears didn't draft Wade solely for his receiving skills. He is expected to add playmaking ability to the return game, which is something the team lacked last year.

"In our experience with him, he's been very sure-handed in the return game," said head coach Dick Jauron. "Once again, it's not under fire, but he's been very sure-handed."

Wade's main competition for the job will be Ahmad Merritt, who handled the punt return duties at the end of the year. R.W. McQuarters has also returned kicks in practice, but the team is unlikely to use their top cornerback in the role.

"Hopefully I'll have my turn and when that time comes, I'm going to put my best foot forward," Wade said. "I'm sure Ahmad will too, and also R.W. (McQuarters) and the other guys. We've got a lot of guys that have the opportunity to get that job done, so I'm going to try to put it all together and just win when I get a chance."

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