Jordan Lynch feeling comfortable at running back


Jordan Lynch was a Heisman Trophy finalist as a quarterback at Northern Illinois, but it’s at running back where he’s trying to catch on as an undrafted rookie with the Bears. He says he’s just fine with that.

“That’s one thing I did do at Northern; carried the ball a lot so I kind of did some running back drills back in the college days,” Lynch said after the first practice of the Bears’ rookie minicamp. “I studied the playbook all last night and I felt very comfortable out there.”

Based on one practice, Lynch doesn’t see any reason he’ll struggle with a new position.

“It wasn’t tough at all,” Lynch said. “I’m a football player. I love football and I’ll do whatever it takes to stay in the NFL. I guess the toughest thing is some footwork drills playing running back and just trying to pick up on little things with special teams and running back.”

Bears coach Marc Trestman liked what he saw.

“Jordan’s a real football player; there’s no doubt about it,” Trestman said. “He certainly didn’t look out of place by any means today running around out there. It’s just the first day, but he didn’t seem awkward in any way running and catching the football in space.”

Lynch, like all undrafted rookies, still faces an uphill battle to make the team. But he understands the job he has ahead of him.

29 responses to “Jordan Lynch feeling comfortable at running back

  1. Good for him to embrace the opportunity. It’s not unusual at all for players to move from QB to other positions, at all levels.

    I would be interested to see a study done that shows how many current NFL players, ever played QB at any level of football.

    I would not be shocked to see that 50% of the NFL players at one time played QB. The league is full of RBs, WRs, DBs, LBs and even linemen, who once took snaps.

  2. This is how it’s done, Tebow. Play whatever position, do whatever is asked of you and do what it takes to keep playing the game you love. I hope he makes it, and at least make a mark covering on special teams.

  3. Love the idea of a former QB turned RB.
    Hand off behind the line of scrimmage and surprise…throw deep.

  4. I don’t see Lynch blocking, which will severely hinder his ability to be successful.

    He has always been a tough player to gauge–any time he played against tough competition he wilted, but then he didn’t exactly have a ton of talent around him or a big time O-line.

  5. While I don’t see a huge impact immediately I think he could already be the best goal line option on this Bears team if you really think about it. Trestman has already shown he likes to get wacky at the goal line!

  6. If he can pick up the blitz and show good hands catching the ball he could be a good change of pace back. He’s an intriguing prospect and I’m glad Emery squashed any thoughts of him being a Qb immediately.

  7. This is what Tebow should have done coming out of college. Worked at becoming a goal line/short yardage back.

    Same with Denard Robinson. Why change to WR when you were one of the most prolific RUSHING quarterbacks in college football history? The obvious choice was at RB where he could be a “poor man’s” Darren Sproles.

  8. Love this kid’s attitude. This is the type of player Emery loves… team oriented, football savvy, tough and versatile. A guy who can be a situational RB, emergency QB AND contribute on special teams essentially saves you one or even 2 roster spots. If Lynxh can be that guy I think he has a great shot to make the roster.

  9. Hope the kid makes the team so that Tim Tebow and all his crazed posse can see what Choir boy should have done when he had the opputurnity

  10. Danny Woodhead Jr???

    This guy could fit DW in his pocket. He the speed to make people miss and the size to occasionally break tackles when he doesn’t make them miss.

    I’m rooting for him. Just goes to show what happens when a player is TRULY humble and selfless and doesn’t just play that character on TV.

    Pretty sure everyone knows who I’m talking about.

  11. If he can block and play special teams I reckon he will run well enough to make it. You’d carry him as the 4th RB in the rotation anyway even if he’s not a great runner.

    If he can do the above then you can get a little funky with making him the kick holder and even some throwing plays in the offense somewhere for him.

  12. Suddenly the Bears backfield becomes interesting – Forte/Carey/Lynch. Good attitude from Jordan – pistol anyone?

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