Former Mount Carmel star Lynch cut by Bears
By Patrick Finley Sun-Times Media August 30, 2014 7:33AM
Chicago Bears running back Jordan Lynch (36) carries the ball in the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) ORG XMIT: CXB1
Updated: August 30, 2014 9:09PM
The Jordan Lynch Experiment came to its expected conclusion Friday when the Bears waived the former Northern Illinois star.
Whether Lynch’s career as a Bear continues on the team’s practice squad is a more complicated question.
A source told the Chicago Sun-Times the team did not give the 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist any assurances about joining the 10-man squad.
To be eligible, Lynch must not be claimed by another NFL team. Teams often wait until the last day — not, in Lynch’s case, Friday — to cut players they want to keep on their practice squad.
The Mount Greenwood native and former Mount Carmel standout moved from quarterback to running back when he signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent. He focused on special teams for the first time.
Lynch ran six times for 18 yards in the regular-season finale Thursday night at Cleveland but didn’t take the field on offense until the fourth quarter. He did not play in Game 3 of the preseason and was limited to special teams in Game 2.
“I made the most of my opportunities,” Lynch said in Cleveland. “I got a ton of reps on special teams, and that’s something new to me. …
“I gave 100 percent in practice every day.”