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Days after Bears wide receiver David Terrell was arrested and charged battery Coach Dick Jauron still had nothing but the utmost confidence in Terrell. Terrell slipped in the 2001 NFL draft partially due to questions about his attitude. His maturity was called into question after he and two other men argued with parking attendants outside a downtown nightclub.

Terrell was released on bail Thursday morning as questions arose about Terrell's commitment away from the field and his ability to play a key role in the Bears plans for 2002 and beyond.

Jauron had nothing but good words to say about the receiver.

"I have great confidence in David Terrell as a person and as a player. His effort and what he gives us here in practice, he's a hard worker, and he's a young man and he'll grow. Last year he had a good year for us, and he'll get better this year. I really have confidence in David, both as a person and as a player."

Terrell, who was unavailable for comment, looks to fit in as the third receiver this year in a talented receiving corps of Marty Booker and Marcus Robinson.

Fred Baxter is atop the depth chart at tight end, but after that it's a dogfight for the backup role. The candidates for the backup role are John Davis, Dustin Lyman, and rookie fifth rounder Bryan Fletcher.

Davis had the most productive year of all the candidates last year totaling 11 receptions for 68 yards receiving. Though Davis looks to be the number two man, it's time Lyman, who was a 3rd round draft pick in 1999, step in and take over.

" I think if I get a chance I will do well," Lyman said. "I did a lot of work on blocking in the offseason, and I did a lot of work on my receiving with the quarterbacks and wide receivers. I hope to play more than last year, and I hope to contribute."

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