Bears need TE Clark to fulfill potential

TE Desmond Clark is under pressure to elevate his game, writes John Clayton in his observations from Bears camp.

Originally Published: August 3, 2006
By John Clayton |
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Here are five observations on the Chicago Bears, based on camp practices of Aug. 2:

Bernard Berrian is an interesting receiving prospect. He has deep speed and he's strong. Berrian lifted with the defensive players during the offseason and added eight pounds of muscle. There is no doubt he will start the season on the other side of Muhsin Muhammad. Mark Bradley is coming off reconstructive knee surgery and won't be near 100 percent until September or October. Bradley is practicing and doing well, but he's not ready to beat out a healthy Berrian.

The other receiver who looked good in practice is Justin Gage. Gage is a big receiver (6-foot-4, 212 pounds) and has good downfield speed. The Bears are taking some criticism for not drafting a wide receiver, but they have been drafting receivers for years.

John Clayton

NFL senior writer