Lynch Battles For Bears Roster Spot

BOURBONNAIS-At Northern Illinois Lynch was the big man on campus setting not only NIU records, but NCAA records.
In Bourbonnais he's barely noticeable. He says the adjustment from being in the spotlight to being invisible is nothing new for him.

"It's kind of been like that kind of my whole life," says Lynch. Coming into high school you had to work your way up, and I had to do it in college, and I have to do it again."

One man who has taken note of Lynch is the man who signed him to a free agent deal Bears GM Phil Emery. It was Emery who decided running back, not quarterback is Lynch's best opportunity to make it in the NFL.

"The guy has good hands, and he has good feet, and he has good run skills, so there's no reason for him not to be a running back," says Emery.

So who has Lynch looked to for insights on how to play running back whether it's former NIU running backs or former teammates. Is there anyone he's turned to to give him a little guidance there?

"You know I actually went up to Northern, and I worked out with the team a little bit. I worked with some running backs and did some position drills there," says Lynch. "And Matt Forte is always around. He's always willing to help. I just try to pick up as much as possible from him."

In college Lynch was always a student of the game. That certainly isn't going to change now.

"I want to learn as much as possible. I want to help the team out, so I'm going to go in there and really be a film rat and film junkie," says Lynch.

Lynch has also dropped 15 pounds to try to get quicker.

"The Bears asked me to cut down some weight, so I'm really watching what I eat. I cut my calories in half and I feel stronger and faster."

Lynch knows he has most of Northern Illinois and Chicagoland fans pulling for him to make the team.

"I know Chicago has my back, but once again I have to go out there and do the work."

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