CLEVELAND — Jordan Lynch won’t make the Bears’ 53-man roster, even though there is something attractive about having a backup running back who passed for more than 6,000 yards in college.
But the former Northern Illinois star and Heisman Trophy finalist put some things on tape that project to keep him in an NFL helmet in September, which is a goal in itself for hundreds of young players every year. Bears practice squad or some other NFL team in need, he is not particular, although the Bears would be a first choice.
“Whatever helps the Chicago Bears win games,” Lynch said. “You have to start somewhere. I kind of see it as getting redshirted in college. Being a competitor you always want to get out there and do well. I’ve learned patience through this whole process and I just hope I make the team any way I can.”
Lynch, who hadn’t played since the preseason opener against Philadelphia, was inserted in the fourth quarter of the Bears’ 33-13 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Of the Bears’ 12 plays in the quarter, Lynch carried the ball on six of them, finishing with 18 yards and a long of eight yards.
“I made the most of my opportunities,” Lynch said. “I got a lot of reps on special teams and that’s something new to me. It’s the second time I got reps on special teams in the preseason and I thought I did well.”