A Tale of Three Receivers

Get an update on a former Bear receiver looking for a fresh start, another wideout Chicago scouted heavily heading into the draft and a veteran that could still be on the radar at some point down the line.

  • WR Bobby Wade had some memorable struggles as a return man with the Bears, which led to his release in December. He fumbled ten times in 12 games, including four in one game.

    "There were some tough times," admitted Wade, who's become popular with his coaches, teammates and the media since joining Tennessee late last season. "My confidence isn't shaken at all, if anything it's a lot better.

    "To have somebody back there who really wants to do it as opposed to a guy who has to do it is a big difference. Ups or downs, I want to be back there."

  • Even though WR Chad Jackson came out of Florida as a junior, the Bears showed interest in him as far back as the Senior Bowl. With an opportunity to take him with the 26th overall pick, general manager Jerry Angelo traded out of the first round. He went 36th overall to New England, six slots before the Bears made their pick.

    Jackson has already impressed his coaches and teammates in his short time in New England. And with Deion Branch's status up in the air as negotiations have apparently stalled on a contract extension as the former Super Bowl MVP heads into the final year of his rookie deal, Jackson may quite literally have to hit the ground running in his pro career. Although it often takes many rookie wideouts a while to adjust to the complexities and increased physical strain of life in the pros, it looks like time is not a luxury the Patriots can really afford to give Jackson as he embarks on his rookie campaign.

    The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Jackson is well aware of the urgency.

    "Right now as a rookie they are looking for me to come in and make big plays and step up, be a team leader and be one of those go-to guys," Jackson said summing up the expectations that face him this fall.

  • Despite plenty of rumors, the Broncos haven't yet traded receiver Ashley Lelie. They could wait until training camp to get better value for him from a team that has some injuries at receiver. Lelie, who wants to be a No. 1 receiver, could hold out deep into training camp and maybe into the regular season if he is not traded.

    The Broncos are deep at receiver and thin at tight end and running back, so using Lelie in a trade to bolster those positions could be a possibility.

    While it's unlikely to happen, the Bears could explore a deal for disgruntled RB Thomas Jones.

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