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NIU star Jordan Lynch signs with Bears, will play running back
Former Northern Illinois star and Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch signed a free-agent deal with the Bears on Saturday night, and, his father Jim said, will play running back.
He said his son had interest from other teams but “wanted to stay close to home.” Lynch could be used in a series of packages, perhaps even under center, the way ESPN analyst Jon Gruden suggested in his “QB Camp” series. But it’s clear the Bears value him as a rusher.
Lynch will report to this week’s rookie mini-camp.
Bears GM Phil Emery wouldn’t confirm the move Saturday night — the Bears have yet to announce it — but said Lynch “had a really good visit” at the team’s local pro day last month.
Emery called Lynch a “really fine” rusher.
“He’s got a great set of eyes,” he said. “He’s very instinctive, especially for a quarterback, between the tackles.
“He just knows where to find the soft spots and take that little sidestep and keep grinding forward and keep moving forward while he’s making his moves.
“He’s got really good contact balance. He doesn’t go down easy.
“I like all those things.”
— Jordan Lynch (@Jordanlynch06) May 10, 2014
The Mount Carmel graduate went 24-4 in two seasons as the starting quarterback.
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