However, 44 of Clark's receptions and nearly half of the yardage came in 2003. He's finished with 24 catches each of the past two seasons. As is the case with any pass catcher on the roster, instability behind center has had an impact on his production. Seven different quarterbacks have started for the Bears since he came to Chicago.
Although the six-foot-3, 254-pounder has improved his blocking in the Bears' run oriented offense, Clark has been inconsistent as a receiver. He's made spectacular over the shoulder catches, but dropped balls that were seemingly in his hands. He's only had more than 27 receptions in a season twice. The lack of competition behind him makes his weaknesses even more apparent.
Without an established veteran to challenge Clark, the idea is to improve the overall depth at the position. Even though John Gilmore is the best blocking tight end on the roster, he has just two catches over the last three years. The fact that he signed a two-year deal with the team in off-season means his roster spot is relatively safe.
While Day is more of a threat to stretch the middle of the field, injuries kept him from being a middle round draft pick. If he can stay healthy he will have a good chance to make the team. Wallace is more of a complete tight end. He can be an inline blocker and also has the talent to be a midrange option in the passing game.
If either Day or Wallace can contribute as rookies it will make the position stronger. Finding a complimentary target at tight end would take pressure off Clark and make him more effective over the course of the season.