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Bears sign Jordan Lynch, list him at running back

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After a stellar college career at Northern Illinois, Jordan Lynch will be staying in the state to start his professional career.

He won’t be staying at quarterback, though. The Bears announced Lynch as part of their undrafted free agent class on Sunday and listed him as a running back.

Lynch said in February that scouts told him he could play quarterback in the NFL, but did running back drills at the combine in order to show off his best asset. Lynch was a Heisman Trophy finalist after running for 1,920 yards and 23 touchdowns last season and will try to show that he can put those skills to work without taking the snap to start each play.

Louisville defensive tackle Brandon Dunn, Wisconsin guard Ryan Groy, TCU guard James Dunbar, Alabama linebacker Tana Patrick, Florida State linebacker Christian Jones, East Carolina defensive tackle Lee Pegues, Temple tackle Cody Booth and South Florida linebacker Devekeyan Lattimore will also be trying to make the Bears over the next few months.

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26 Responses to “Bears sign Jordan Lynch, list him at running back”
  1. zo121179 says: May 11, 2014 3:05 PM

    Wow, I figured he’d be a 5th or 6th round for sure. Great pickup with a lot of possible reward.

  2. larryboodry says: May 11, 2014 3:17 PM

    Nice under-the-radar move by Emery. Nice draft overall, although I don’t think we needed a punter, with Tress Way from last year hopefully able to show he can do the job. I especially like Fuller, Sutton, and Veneer.

  3. ariani1985 says: May 11, 2014 3:19 PM

    He only signed so he could run over the lousy green bay defense.

  4. fergie22 says: May 11, 2014 3:44 PM

    wow the anti tebow I wish you well
    great attitude

  5. deltaoracle says: May 11, 2014 3:56 PM

    I’m not sure what this has to do with Johnny Manziel or Michael Sam.

  6. alshonbrandontandem says: May 11, 2014 4:01 PM

    High Reward, Low Risk move. Love it, simply the best organization in football.

  7. tone360 says: May 11, 2014 4:08 PM

    ^4 thumbs up.

  8. jhorton83 says: May 11, 2014 4:16 PM

    Good signing. They need a bruising complement to Matt Forte, and he can’t be much worse than Barber and Bush were in that role the past few years.

  9. Ferdinand says: May 11, 2014 4:21 PM

    If nothing else, they’ve got a better emergency QB than most teams.

  10. bearshaterseverywhere says: May 11, 2014 4:24 PM

    Phil Emery is clearly the best GM in the NFC North.

    Bears did solid this off season…… now we have to wait and see if these kids and FA acquisitions actually come through with what Emery and Trestman have intended for them.

  11. gpenpilot says: May 11, 2014 4:58 PM

    Really? Thompson just stacks his team yearly and went 2 consecutive super bowls. But your right “emery is clearly the best”. Get to the playoffs teddybears

  12. shaunodame says: May 11, 2014 5:17 PM

    Dear Tim Tebow,

    Take note. Would you rather be an unemployed “QB” or a signed utility man? Smart move by Lynch.

  13. bearshaterseverywhere says: May 11, 2014 5:22 PM

    You must be referring to the years when Lovie and Jerry Angelo were running the show……Dude those days are over, Emery and Trestman have had their control over the team for 2 years and we had the 2nd best scoring offense over night. Emery did the best job (of any other GM in the NFC North) in the 2 years he has been GM. I’m not talking about your fluke SB win years ago. Ted Thompson picked up Julius Peppers though, lol….what a solid job he has been doing….

  14. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: May 11, 2014 5:31 PM

    Christian Jones may very well be the biggest steal of all. We’ll see. Bears have much to prove before we can pound our chests but a very encouraging off-season and draft for us Bears fans.

    Proof is where we end up in 2014-2015. Let’s get the season started!

  15. Indybear says: May 11, 2014 5:47 PM

    I felt Emery and crew did a pretty decent job with the draft. The more I read about the picks, the more jazzed I am to get things rollin’. I predict Cliff Stein and staff will once again have all the picks signed way before other teams. Go Bears!

  16. packersgreenbay says: May 11, 2014 6:46 PM

    Viking and Bears post on this site are the same. Both teams want to be where that Packers are(division champs). It’s all good, I understand. I mean what are u suppose to say? You guys have smack to talk. At the end of the day our GM has won a superbowl and sends out a serious contender every season.

  17. sportsfan18 says: May 11, 2014 7:08 PM

    shaunodame says:
    May 11, 2014 5:17 PM
    Dear Tim Tebow,

    Take note. Would you rather be an unemployed “QB” or a signed utility man? Smart move by Lynch.

    16 3
    Report comment
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Uh, this is OBVIOUS to everyone… Tebow already chose to be an unemployed “QB”

    Tebow is smart and he knew what the consequences of his actions were.

    He isn’t going to end up like other “stars” who wash out of the league in 3 yrs or so…

    This kid HAD a choice and he MADE his choice…

    He had a great college career, Heisman and he also was ABLE to play in the NFL a few years.

    Was he disappointed? I’m sure he was but this kid is well rounded and he’s able to handle disappointment and adversity.

    Tebow did NOT need to scrap and claw to hang on in the NFL by playing special teams, H back, tight end, full back etc…

    Could he have CHOSEN that route? Yes, he could have but good for him to try and fulfill his dream of being an NFL QB. His dream was NOT to be an H back, a tight end, a fullback etc…

    He did NOT and is NOT complaining about not being in the league because of the choice he made.

    So you asked a question that Tebow long ago answered.

    A kid like him did not NEED to scratch and claw just to remain in the NFL to make a living.

    He’ll be fine in the making a living category while NOT being in the NFL…

    Now THAT was a real nice choice he had, make it on his terms or be FINE with NOT making it at all…

  18. gbp4ever says: May 11, 2014 7:52 PM

    Fact is until the Bears, Vikings, and Lions prove otherwise they are just the redhead step child to Green Bay. Cry and make troll posts but till the results prove otherwise the Packers still rule the NFC North.

  19. albundy4tds1game says: May 11, 2014 7:55 PM

    “You must be referring to the years when Lovie and Jerry Angelo were running the show……Dude those days are over, Emery and Trestman have had their control over the team for 2 years and we had the 2nd best scoring offense over night. Emery did the best job (of any other GM in the NFC North) in the 2 years he has been GM. I’m not talking about your fluke SB win years ago. Ted Thompson picked up Julius Peppers though, lol….what a solid job he has been doing….”

    Haha you mean your offensive guru that lost two more games than the coach you fired? I know you bears fans get confused with numbers easily maybe that’s why you are always stuck in 1985

  20. dqstrong says: May 11, 2014 8:20 PM

    You mean Tebow, Jr. gets slotted at the RB position. Same talent, same lack of QB skills. Tell me again why Tebow was allowed to pretend to be something (QB) he’ll never be for 4 years? Oh, that’s right, he’s Tim Tebow! RIIIIGGGGHHHHTTTT!!!!

  21. thegreatjimbrown says: May 11, 2014 8:21 PM

    “He only signed so he could run over the lousy green bay defense.”

    Wait a second here. It wasn’t the “lousy” Green Bay defense that lost the division at the last minute on a TD pass to a guy that CHI basically forgot to cover. Oh, and the one standout on that CHI defense? He’s now in Green Bay. And “lousy” Green Bay safety is now in Chicago.

  22. bearshaterseverywhere says: May 11, 2014 8:32 PM

    Haha you mean your offensive guru that lost two more games than the coach you fired? I know you bears fans get confused with numbers easily maybe that’s why you are always stuck in 1985

    __________________________________

    How am I stuck in ’85 when I’m talking about the past 2 years.?

    You brought it up, about ’85 not me or any other Bear’s fan. Dude go eat your cheese, all I did was put Emery up because as a Bears fan I’m happy to see change……

  23. philtration says: May 11, 2014 9:56 PM

    Picking up Christian Jones was steel.
    He was projected as a 2nd or 3rd round pick and he can definitely play.
    LB DeDe Lattimore is also a great pickup.

    On top of a solid draft they revamped their D-Line through free agency.
    The Bears defense is going to be a lot better this year and with the 2nd highest scoring offense in the league things look really good.

    So glad that Lovie and Angelo are gone.

  24. jaycutlersbarber says: May 11, 2014 9:58 PM

    @jhorton83, don’t forget Chester Taylor! Dreadful!

  25. insertnamehere2 says: May 11, 2014 10:52 PM

    gbp4ever says: May 11, 2014 7:52 PM

    Fact is until the Bears, Vikings, and Lions prove otherwise they are just the redhead step child to Green Bay. Cry and make troll posts but till the results prove otherwise the Packers still rule the NFC North
    ……Ya hey dare!! Ya think! Ya! YA! I do YA! Ya do Yah?

  26. jpiro says: May 12, 2014 1:26 PM

    Bears fan & FSU grad here, and as much as I’d love to see Christian Jones light it up in Chicago there’s a LOT of work to be done if he’s going to make the team at LB, let alone make an impact.

    He’s a kid who has looked like an NFL LB since the moment he stepped on campus, but lacked the instincts to play inside, agility to play outside and the toughness to do either.

    FSU’s defense got markedly better this season when we effectively removed him from the linebacking corps and made him a situational rush end. I think the Bears are going to have to be similarly creative or all you’re going to get out of him is a solid ST player.

    Hope I’m wrong though.

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