TE Desmond Clark - Free Agent

6-3, 255Born: 4-20-1977College: Wake ForestDrafted: Round 6, pick

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2010 Week 3 vs GB (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

He caught a pass lining up in the back field as a FB and rolling out of the backfield. It was a nice play. What wasn't nice was his drop in the end zone. Despite the ball being thrown downward, Cutler definitely could have put a little air under it and made it easier, but despite that Clark should have caught that ball for a touchdown. His best days are well behind him at this point and a play to Clark is a wasted play that could have gone to Olsen at this point.

2009 Week 1 vs GB (4 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)

Backup TE Desmond Clark had only one catch before leaving the game in the third quarter with a back injury. He remains a distant second option behind Greg Olsen even when he is at full strength.

2009 Week 4 vs DET (2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Backup tight end Desmond Clark had two short catches in the second half as he minimally contributed to the offense as far as personally moving the ball. Clark's main value to the Bears is as a blocking TE and he remains well behind Greg Olsen on the depth chart.

2009 Week 6 vs ATL (4 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

The well respected veteran turned in his best game of the season thus far in week 6. He made a terrific diving catch inside the 1 on a rollout by Jay Cutler. He also chipped in with a 24 yd catch in the 3rd quarter. Clark remains a better NFL player than fantasy football player and barring an injury to Olsen he is not worth rostering.

2009 Week 8 vs CLE (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Clark was targeted all over the field, but most of his targets were rushed or were one of the few inaccurate throws from Jay Cutler.

2009 Week 10 vs SF (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Backup tight end Desmond Clark caught on short pass early in Week 10 over the middle for a short gain. He was later sidelined with a neck injury and replaced on the field by third string TE Kellen Davis. Even when healthy Clark does not see enough targets to have any fantasy value.

2009 Week 16 vs MIN (7 / 5 / 39 / 1 rec)

Clark functioned as a good secondary receiver, getting open when rookie Jasper Brinkley picked the wrong guy to cover in the end zone, and making sure-handed catches when targeted elsewhere on the field. He didn't do much after the catch, but you could tell that he was exactly where Jay Cutler expected him to be.

2009 Week 17 vs DET (2 / 2 / 7 / 1 rec)

Desmond Clark only had two catches, but the second was for a TD midway through the fourth quarter. With first and goal from the 1, Clark released on his block, and cut to the outside of the end zone. He was wide open and Cutler hit him for the easy TD. Kellen Davis was also open to that side of the field, but Cutler went to Clark for the score.

2008 Week 1 vs IND (6 / 2 / 46 / 0 rec)

Clark had the most receiving yards for the Bears despite only totaling 46 yards on two receptions. Both of his grabs came on third down plays, and his second one went for 26 yards on a third and one play that set up Chicago's final touchdown of the game.

2008 Week 2 vs CAR (2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Clark caught both of his targets, finishing with a receiving total of 21 yards.

2008 Week 3 vs TB (3 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Desmond Clark was targeted on a few long throws but nothing deep. He only had two receptions to speak of but had some nice opportunities.

2008 Week 5 vs DET (4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Clark was targeted four times, catching two of the attempts for 17 yards. He was targeted once in the end zone however.

2008 Week 6 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)

Desmond Clark was used frequently both in single and double tight end formations, catching five passes for 50 yards. Orton really seemed to emphasize utilizing the tight end, whether it be Clark or Greg Olsen. He was targeted seven times in the game.

2008 Week 7 vs MIN (4 / 3 / 59 / 0 rec)

Early in the third quarter Clark caught a pass wide open downfield, and while running it to the end zone dropped it on the goal line. The ball was picked up by Rashied Davis and run in for the extra yard and score. Clark was not credited with the touchdown, and finished the day with three catches for 59 yards.

2008 Week 9 vs DET (6 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)

Clark had a key third down drop late in the second quarter that could have extended the Bears' drive, but instead they had to settle for a field goal. Besides the drop, Clark caught four targets for 36 yards. The only other target he didn't catch was not anywhere near him.

2008 Week 10 vs TEN (5 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)

Clark caught short routes all game, hauling in three receptions for ten yards.

2008 Week 11 vs GB (4 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Clark only caught one of his four targets, gaining only four yards on the catch.

2008 Week 12 vs STL (6 / 5 / 40 / 0 rec)

Clark injured his right knee in the third quarter on a play where Forte ran the ball, he did not return to the game. Prior to the injury, he was one of the Bears' top receivers as he had five catches for 40 yards.

2008 Week 13 vs MIN (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

TE Desmond Clark only had one catch in the game. TE Greg Olsen saw more playing time as the pass receiving tight end.

2008 Week 14 vs JAX (3 / 2 / 8 / 1 rec)

Desmond Clark's first reception of the day was the first touchdown for the Bears. He was target two more times but all of his targets were short passes. He just missed a second touchdown when Orton threw behind him to avoid the coverage.

2008 Week 15 vs NO (8 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)

Clark bobbled an easy touchdown catch late in the first half. He had two catches for seven yards in the first half and only one catch for four yards.

2008 Week 16 vs GB (8 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)

Olsen had one catch for four yards in the first half and three catches for 33 yards in the second. The Bears continue to target there tight ends early and often in the passing game.

2008 Week 17 vs HOU (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Clark's only target came in the second half.

2007 Week 1 vs SD (3 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)

With rookie TE Greg Olsen out, most expected Clark to see more action than he did. He did make the most of his targets by catching all three passes that were thrown his way, including one from the shadow of his own end zone for 24 yards.

2007 Week 2 vs KC (5 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)

Clark was heavily involved in the passing game, serving as Grossman's main target during the first three quarters as the Bears were content with moving the ball down the field in short chunks and taking time off of the clock.

2007 Week 3 vs DAL (3 / 2 / 58 / 0 rec)

Clark biggest contribution on offense came in the third quarter on a catch that he made that went for 52 yards. On the play he secured the pass, bounced off of safety Roy Williams, and took the ball all the way down to the Dallas 22 yard line. Clark's only other catch in the game went for six yards. He was also targeted on the Bears' fake field goal attempt.

2007 Week 4 vs DET (10 / 7 / 44 / 1 rec)

The Bears needed Clark to block much of the afternoon, but he managed to slip off the line and find soft spots in the Lions' zone defense. Overall, Clark had a productive day and scored a touchdown with 52 seconds left to draw the team to within a field goal.

2007 Week 5 vs GB (4 / 3 / 62 / 1 rec)

Clark and Griese have chemistry, perhaps dating back to their time in Denver, according to NBC's John Madden. Clark led the team in receiving yards and caught the game winning 34 yard touchdown on a play action pass where he was wide open and Griese made a perfect throw.

2007 Week 6 vs MIN (5 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)

Clark and teammate Greg Olson both served effective roles in the Bears game plan against the Vikings. Clark saw more action early in the game and in situations where the Bears were trying to establish the run.

2007 Week 7 vs PHI (5 / 5 / 32 / 0 rec)

Clark caught all five passes thrown his way for 32 yards. Two of his receptions resulted in Chicago first downs.

2007 Week 8 vs DET (6 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Clark had one catch for 11 yards in the first half. It would be his only catch of the game, but he would get four targets in the second half.

2007 Week 10 vs OAK (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Desmond Clark was targeted three times, catching two passes for 24 yards, both for first downs.

2007 Week 11 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Clark is clearly the number two target between the two tight ends. He fumbled the ball on his only reception and did not get a second chance.

2007 Week 13 vs NYG (5 / 5 / 76 / 1 rec)

Desmond Clark caught all five of his targets for 76 yards and a touchdown. Clark started the game off with a bang, catching three passes on the Bears opening drive for 25 yards, the third being a one yard touchdown in the back of the end zone. In the third quarter Clark had a beautiful 44 yard gain on a perfectly thrown ball by Rex Grossman. Though generally not considered the big play threat of the tight end duo with Greg Olsen, it was Clark that was making all of the big plays at the position in this one.

2007 Week 14 vs WAS (6 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)

Clark had three catches for 33 yards in the game. His biggest catch was a 20 yard reception in the third quarter that helped set up the Bears only touchdown of the game.

2007 Week 15 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Clark caught a first quarter pass to get the Bears in the red zone, and he was not heard from again.

2007 Week 16 vs GB (3 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)

Clark made the most of his three targets, catching one for ten yards. The other was the lone Bear passing touchdown of the game. Lined up in a power formation, Clark released into the back of the end zone and was wide open for Orton to drop the ball into his hands.

2006 Week 1 vs GB (8 / 5 / 77 / 0 rec)

Clark caught five passes and proved to be Grossman's favorite target this game. His 77 receiving yards were an integral part of the Chicago strategy to spread the ball around and control the clock.

2006 Week 2 vs DET (5 / 5 / 85 / 1 rec)

Clark caught four of the five balls thrown his way for 85 yards including a leaping, twisting grab for a touchdown.

2006 Week 3 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)

Clark caught two balls for 31 yards but limped to the trainer's cart in the third quarter with what appeared to be a foot sprain. Clark left earlier in the drive but returned a play later only to pull up lame in the end zone while running a pattern deep in Vikings' territory.

2006 Week 4 vs SEA (5 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)

Clark was injured during the week before the game and it was unclear how much action he would see. He entered the game only on obvious passing downs, where he proved to be a reliable target for Rex Grossman. Notably, he dropped a wide open pass in the end zone that should have been an easy six points.

2006 Week 5 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Clark caught the only ball thrown his way as he continues to work through his injury. Clark's only catch was a twelve yarder good for a first down in the first quarter.

2006 Week 6 vs ARI (9 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)

Clark appeared healthy after being limited in recent games. Grossman found him for a 26 yard gain on the Bears' third drive; the longest completion of the game for the Bears. Clark had a 14 yard gain for a first down on the Bears' final possession of the first half. Clark had another first down on a 12 yard reception on the opening drive of the second half and ended the day with four receptions for 61 yards. He seemed very involved in the passing game.

2006 Week 8 vs SF (8 / 6 / 86 / 2 rec)

Clark was Rex Grossman's favorite target and had his best game as a Bear. His six receptions led Chicago pass catchers. Grossman found him wide open for an easy touchdown toss from the one yard line. Grossman later hit him for a 27 yard touchdown to give the Bears a 41-0 lead late in the first half. Clark had a 12 yard reception and was stopped just short of the goal line on the play. The catch set up Cedric Benson's touchdown run.

2006 Week 9 vs MIA (8 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)

Clark is a vital element in the Chicago passing attack, and managed to catch three passes for 38 yards. He is a huge target, both literally and statistically.

2006 Week 10 vs NYG (2 / 1 / 2 / 1 rec)

Clark was only targeted twice, but his second look was good for a two yard touchdown.

2006 Week 11 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Clark was targeted just two times in the game. Both of them came late in the second quarter on a three and out drive for the Bears. He caught one pass for two yards.

2006 Week 12 vs NE (5 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Clark had five passes come towards him, and he started by grabbing two of the first three. Both catches were for short yardage - nine yards in the first and five more in the second, but the first was good enough for a first down. Clark was also targeted on a 20+ yard pass inside the New England ten, but DB Asante Samuel stepped in front for his second interception of the game.

2006 Week 13 vs MIN (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Clark had no catches in a game where the team's passing game was nearly non-existent.

2006 Week 14 vs STL (2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

Clark caught his first two targets for a total of 18 yards. Grossman threw his way again and Clark made a great effort and beat defenders for a 29 yard gain. Unfortunately for Clark, the play was negated by a penalty.

2006 Week 15 vs TB (10 / 7 / 125 / 2 rec)

Clark had a huge game, catching seven passes for 125 yards and scores from 24 and 12 yards out. He did a great job finding the open area in the Buccaneer Cover 2, giving his quarterback great passing lanes and making plays when his number was called.

2006 Week 16 vs DET (3 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

Clark provides a nice receiving target and hauled in all three passes thrown his way. He is one of the better tight ends in the league.

2006 Week 17 vs GB (5 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Clark did not catch a pass in the game. Two of his intended targets were picked off for an interception including one returned for a TD by Green Bay safety, Nick Collins.

2006 Week 19 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Clark caught his first target to start the second Bear drive in the third quarter. He had one other target during the overtime period, but was largely uninvolved in the Bears passing attack.

2006 Week 20 vs NO (2 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)

Clark saw his first target late in the first quarter. The Bears ran play action on first down near the goal line. Clark was alone in the back of the end zone, but QB Rex Grossman overthrew him on the play. Clark got the Chicago offense jump-started with a 30 yard reception deep down the center of the field early in the second quarter, but the drive quickly died after two Grossman incomplete passes.

2006 Week 21 vs IND (8 / 6 / 64 / 0 rec)

Clark was not a factor at all in the first half, but Grossman threw in his direction on nine occasions in the second half. Clark caught six passes for a total of 64 yards, but his contribution came too late for the Bears. His final catch gained 18 yards as the clock expired.

2005 Week 1 vs WAS (4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

Clark tallied three catches on the day, and the only ball targeted for him that wasn't caught was batted down at the line of scrimmage. Orton did not look in his direction during the Bears only scoring drive.

2005 Week 2 vs DET (3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Clark was not targeted in the red zone, but did catch two balls on his three targets. Clark dropped the lone missed target.

2005 Week 3 vs CIN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Clark strained his neck in the second quarter and did not return to the game. He has stated it is not supposed to be serious, and the team gave no update on his status for next week.

2005 Week 5 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Clark was called for a false start penalty during the first quarter. He dropped a pass in the first quarter that would have made a third down conversion. He made his first catch for six yards in the fourth quarter.

2005 Week 6 vs MIN (4 / 4 / 19 / 2 rec)

Clark had his best performance as a Chicago Bear. He scored the Bears' first two touchdowns, both on short passes from the goal line. In addition, his other two catches converted third downs to sustain Chicago drives.

2005 Week 7 vs BAL (8 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)

Clark was a significant factor in the passing game, being targeted nine times and collecting four receptions for 50 yards. He did not get into the end zone but was targeted twice in the red zone, catching an eight yard pass at the 12 yard line. The other red zone ball in his direction fell incomplete. It is pretty clear that Orton is getting comfortable with Clark as a safety valve in the Bears' passing offense.

2005 Week 8 vs DET (4 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Clark made a seven yard reception to gain a first down in the second quarter. It was his only reception during the game.

2005 Week 9 vs NO (2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Clark caught only one ball for ten yards on two targets. The one incomplete pass thrown his way was a red zone target, but wasn't catchable. He wasn't targeted as often as usual as Orton shifted more of his focus onto WRs Justin Gage and Muhsin Muhammad.

2005 Week 10 vs SF (2 / 2 / 43 / 0 rec)

Clark caught both balls thrown in his direction for a total of 43 yards. His targets were limited due to the weather conditions favoring the run game.

2005 Week 11 vs CAR (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Clark was targeted only twice on the day and was often kept out of the pass patterns to help provide protection for Kyle Orton.

2005 Week 12 vs TB (4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Clark only had two receptions for 13 yards and did not have a very big impact on the game.

2005 Week 13 vs GB (3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

Clark essentially caused the Bears' first turnover when he tipped a catchable Kyle Orton pass high into the air and it was easily caught by the Packers' secondary. He ended the game with two catches for only six yards.

2005 Week 14 vs PIT (4 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)

Clark had the catch of the day when he stretched out over his shoulder to pull in a 27 yard pass with his finger tips and hung on after taking his blows over the middle.

2005 Week 15 vs ATL (5 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Clark was targeted five times and did not make a single reception. One of the targets was an inexplicable drop, but at least two of the others were not catchable.

2005 Week 16 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Clark did not receive a target on the afternoon but was used extensively in the rush and pass blocking in this game.