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Former NIU star Jordan Lynch embraces rushing role for hometown Bears
Jordan Lynch’s new job isn’t far from his old one. But his role is.
The former Northern Illinois star quarterback said Sunday that deciding to move to running back was “not at all” a tough decision after his hometown Bears signed him to a free-agent contract.
The former Heisman Trophy finalist threw for 6,030 yards and 49 touchdowns in his two seasons at the Huskies’ starter. The Bears’ though, saw his value as a rusher.
When the Mount Carmel grad worked out at the Bears’ local pro day last month, he did so at quarterback. Before he left, though, the Bears lined him up as a running back.
General manager Phil Emery told him then that he had the skills to play the position, though Lynch still thought of himself as a signal-caller.
“I’d never really thought about them looking at me as a running back,” Lynch said.
That changed Saturday night when, as the draft crept to a close, Bears coach Marc Trestman called to say they were interested in signing him to play running back.
“I just wanted my shot and my opportunity to be in the NFL, and the Bears were the team,” he said. “I really respect him calling me. …
“He seems like a coach I want to be around.”
The 6-1, 220-pounder ran for 3,735 yards and 42 scores as a starter over the past two seasons.
He’ll start learning the Bears’ playbook, and will participate, along with the team’s eight draftees and eight other undrafted free agents, in this week’s rookie mini-camp.
“That’s where I wanted to be,” he said.