Jordan Lynch finished third in balloting for the 2013 Heisman Trophy. He passed for more than 6,000 yards at Northern Illinois. Now he is going from “elite” status to a position change (quarterback to running back) and on top of that, being expected to cover kicks as part of special teams.
Most top college players have done little or no special teams work since high school. Lynch understands that his route into the NFL may lie on kick coverage.
“A lot of guys playing special teams early,” Lynch said Friday on the first day of Bears rookie minicamp. “That’s how you make the team, that’s how you get on the team and that could be my calling is playing special teams and moving up on the depth.”
Lynch’s quarterback talents make him potentially a true anomaly as a No. 3 running back. And coach Marc Trestman is fine with a mobile quarterback but isn’t a read-option practitioner, which is a system that would ostensibly fit Lynch’s skill set and mindset.
“He’s very smart,” Trestman said. “And he certainly didn’t look out of place by any means today running around out there. It’s just the first day, but he didn’t seem awkward in any way, running and catching the football in space.
“We try to take every guy like Jordan and put him in a place where he can succeed and make the team. His best opportunity is not at the quarterback position, although I thought he had a very sufficient workout when he came in. But we’re trying to find a place for him and give him every opportunity to fulfill a goal that he has, which is to play in the National Football League. This is a starting point for him. We’ve got a long way to go, but it was a good start.”