Slimmed-down Lynch ready to compete

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Making the move from quarterback to running back at the NFL level is daunting.

But that is the challenge awaiting former Northern Illinois standout and Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch, a fan favorite who lost 15 pounds since the Chicago Bears' rookie minicamp in May to weigh in at 205 pounds when players reported to Bourbonnais on Wednesday.

“I know Chicago has my back. But I have to go out there and do the work,” Lynch said on Thursday.

“I’m going out there and giving it everything I got. That’s how I made it this far. I’m going out there to prove that I can play running back in this league, and I can play some special teams. So I’m going to do whatever the coaches ask me to do and I’m going to bust my tail. At the end, I’m going to try and make a roster spot.”

With a minimum of three roster spots often reserved for running backs, Lynch finds himself in direct competition with Ka'Deem Carey, Michael Ford, Senorise Perry and Shaun Draughn to earn one of the reserve backfield spots behind Pro Bowl tailback Matt Forte.

A well-rounded quarterback/athlete in college, Lynch, an undrafted rookie free agent, gained 4,344 rushing yards for the Huskies and passed for 51 touchdowns while posting a 24-4 record as a starter in two seasons.

Lynch believes that kind of versatility can only aid his cause when cuts begin to trickle down later next month.

“The more you can do, the better in this league,” Lynch said. “I think my versatility is one of the things that stand out. When it comes down to the last cuts, the more you can do, the better you are.

“Heading into my first professional camp, I feel kind of anxious. But I’m going to go all out and give everything I have.”