"Bobby Wade's steady," said wide receivers coach Darryl Drake. "He doesn't possess great speed, but he's where he's supposed to be, and he makes plays and makes catches. There's a place for him (on the team)."
That will likely be in a supporting role. Twenty of his receptions came on third down, which will give Rex Grossman a reliable slot receiver to look for when he needs to move the chains.
Wade is also part of the punt return competition, but because he lacks the speed of Berrian or moves of Nathan Vasher is running third in the derby. If Berrian wins a starting job and the Bears are worried about the depth behind Vasher at cornerback, Wade could take the spot by default.
If Wade doesn't win the punt return job and falls to fourth on the depth at wideout, there are those that feel he could be on the bubble to make the team.
With an abundance of young unproven receivers on the squad, the Bears know what they have in Wade. He's not spectacular, yet his sure hands make him a consistent intermediate threat. It will be difficult to let that go when the coaches have to trim the roster down to 53.