"I broke both my arms and I never had that much speculation going on about me," Clark said. "Whenever somebody is talking about you, you must be doing something good or bad. In this case it's good, so as long as it stays good I'm fine."
Jauron said the Bears targeted Clark as a player they would like to acquire for two years ago. So, when he became available during the offseason they didn't hesitate to sign a tight end that has a 51-reception season on his resume.
Clark should take pressure off Bears receivers because he'll be used in the middle of the field, a role that has previously been filled by Marty Booker.
"I'll be glad to take some of the pressure off of him going over the middle," Clark said with a smile. "But,' he's a big receiver and he can do it. He's made a living going across the middle and making those big catches, but he can leave some of that for me now."
Work to be done
The Bears offense and defense didn't particularly sharp on Monday. The units traded penalties toward the end of practice. Execution will be a focus as the Bears open their portion of the exhibition schedule Saturday.
"They were a little heavy legged even with the day off," said head coach Dick Jauron. "We usually anticipate that, but things went pretty well this morning. They were a little bit sloppy at times this, hopefully we'll clean that up this afternoon and get on with the week."
However, Jauron is impressed with the play of rookie LB Lance Briggs. The linebacker keeps showing up all over the practice field, usually in the face of whoever happens to be carrying the football.
"He's hit a lot of people," coach Dick Jauron observed. "He's gotten around the ball, and he's hit a lot of people. Let's face it, that's our game. If he learns the scheme, is disciplined to our scheme and keeps that up, he's got a chance to play a lot of football and really help us on teams where we need added speed and more playmakers. Guys like that they have a real opportunity."
At times Briggs worked in with the first team. If he keeps progressing, he could challenge Bryan Knight for the strong-side linebacker job.
Aaron Gibson missed the Bears afternoon practice Monday to rest his right knee. Gibson, who had an MRI on the knee Monday, isn't expected to miss an extended amount of time. He's slotted to start the Bears preseason opener, which is Saturday against the Indianapolis, at right tackle.
Physically Gibson is a different player than he has been in the past. Last year he topped out at 410 pounds and is now down to 375. The change in weight has helped him with his conditioning and overall health.
The former first-round pick has been cut twice and this could be his last chance to make it in the NFL.
"Sometimes it takes anybody, not just an athlete, but anybody a little bit longer to recognize what needs to be done to succeed in any field," Jauron said. "Aaron's been in a couple places now. There were great expectations for him coming out of college. We're hoping that he reaches those expectations here."
Michael Haynes worked sparingly as he's still limited by a sprained ankle.
The Bears waived John Stamper on Monday. The defensive end has been out with a shoulder injury.