"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."
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.
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.