Last chance to make an impression

With Dez White and Justin Gage both out for Sunday's game with sprained knees and Marty Booker hobbled with a toe injury, Bobby Wade's role is expected to expand.

The fifth-round pick from Arizona, who was taken 139th overall, four picks ahead of Gage, began the season as the Bears punt returner but was benched for four games after fumbling a punt inside his 10-yard line. However, when Booker missed three games with a sprained ankle, Wade got back on the field and had 7 catches for 92 yards. Last week he caught 2 passes for 16 yards.

"It was an up and down year for me," Wade said. "I think I've learned all that I can possibly learn this year from the changes I went through. I know I grew up a lot as far as on-the-field and off-the-field things and trying to really adapt and find myself in the realm of the team atmosphere, and that's hard to do as a rookie. But I think I kind of have an idea where I'm going personally. I think these other rookies feel the same way as well. I think we have something to work for in the off-season and look forward to next year."

As Wade expected, the NFL is more of a job than college football, but that doesn't change the way he feels about the game.

"I know it's work, but at the same time it's a great job and a great career," Wade said. "I love to do it, and I wouldn't trade it for the world."

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