A college quarterback who thrilled with his legs just as much as his arm. Sound familiar? However, unlike a particular quarterback out of Florida (we’ve heard enough of his name, haven’t we?), former Northern Illinois University workhorse Jordan Lynch has made the necessary switch from quarterback to running back to keep his dream alive.
Chicago Bears see potential in former NIU standout
When the Chicago Bears signed Lynch after the draft, they saw what everybody else who followed him in college saw — a tough, natural runner with great scoring ability and an intense love for the game. This showed in his stats, as well, as Lynch ran for 4,343 yards and 48 touchdowns while at NIU. While the Mid-American Conference may not boast teams with great defenses, Lynch was still able to put up highly impressive numbers and earn a spot in New York as a Heisman finalist last year.
The 6-foot, 217-pound Lynch ran a 4.76 40 at the combine, but he also made a bit of history when he ran a three-cone drill. With a time of 6.55, he posted the third-fastest time of all running backs since 2003, so he certainly has the speed to compete for a spot on the roster. Trestman told Lynch he has a myriad of things he can do with the quarterback-turned-running back to make this work, and that has to do wonders for a player’s confidence when a coach tells you that, especially when you’re in the midst of switching positions.
This will give Lynch the freedom to do what he did best at NIU — run the football and impress the coaches. He will not have to worry about fitting in, since head coach Marc Trestman will no doubt have a spot for him in some capacity. Better yet, he has a rocket arm, which will only increase his potential in terms of what can be done with him on the field. Look for him to contribute out of the backfield as an extra threat, and I would not be surprised if he is included in other situations as well since he has so many tools with which Trestman can work.
Among the many tangibles Lynch brings to the table, there is one intangible that will help Lynch along the way — his heart. If he had adopted the mindset of the aforementioned UF quarterback and basically said “Quarterback or bust”, there would unfortunately not be a chance for him in the NFL. Because he loves the game with such a fervent passion, he is willing to accept the criticism and adjust his game to keep his dream alive. Trestman and the coaches saw that and decided his blue-collar work ethic and love of the game would be a great addition to the locker room, so they signed him.
There is no questioning his loyalty, either, as Lynch chose to sign with the hometown team over the rival Green Bay Packers. The dedication Lynch puts into his craft day after day will certainly help him along on his journey of making the 53-man roster, and if he can show Trestman and the other coaches what made him so successful in college, his dream will finally come true.