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Jordan Lynch waived by Bears
Running back and local star Jordan Lynch was waived by the Bears on Friday, and sources told the Sun-Times the team made the former Northern Illinois quarterback no assurances about playing for the practice squad.
The move was hardly surprising, as Lynch didn’t play running back until the fourth quarter of Thursday night‘s game against the Browns that was meant as a showcase for players on the bubble.
Lynch finished with six carries for 18 yards in his first game at running back since the preseason’s first week. He also was playing special teams for the first time and was one of the Bears’ few healthy players not to appear in third exhibition against the Seahawks.
Lynch, a standout at Mount Carmel and a Mount Greenwood native, had signed as an undrafted free agent rookie. He was making a switch to running back after being a star quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist at NIU.
“I made the most of my opportunities,” Lynch said in Cleveland. “I got a lot of reps on special teams and that’s something new to me. … I went out there every day and gave 100 percent in practice.”
Coach Marc Trestman called Lynch’s special-teams transition “tough” this week, but said he “works at everything.”
Lynch would be eligible for the Bears’ practice squad if he goes unclaimed by the NFL’s other teams. He admitted this week that was an option, saying he had the versatility to give the Bears a strong practice partner.
“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.”