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Lynch Will Find Plenty of Competition at Running Back.

Former NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch will have to fight for a roster spot with the Bears.
DEKALB-Jordan Lynch simply wants to play in the NFL. Even if it means giving up his position as a quarterback and switching to running back. That switch will become official this weekend when he reports to the Bears rookie camp.

Bears general manager Phil Emery made it clear Sunday that Lynch will be lining up at running back. That was shortly after the Bears signed Lynch as an undrafted free agent. Emery was impressed with how Lynch ran the ball against Western Michigan last fall. Emery saw it first-hand when Lynch churned out an NCAA quarterback record 321 yards. Lynch also set an NCAA quarterback record by rushing for 1,920 yards for the season.

But Lynch won't have an easy time cracking the Bears roster. Matt Forte is the Bears number one back. Fourth round draft pick Ka' Deem Carey out of Arizona will be the number two back barring an injury or something unforeseen. That leaves Lynch battling with four other backs for a roster spot. The other four are Michael Ford, Tony Fiammetta, Shaun Draughn, and Willie Carter.

Switching to running back could be a more difficult adjustment for Lynch than many people might think. As a quarterback he was usually running in space on rollouts or out of the shotgun. It's a different ballgame lining up at running back.

At the NFL combine Lynch's 40 yard dash time was 4.76. Nothing to get excited about for a running back. But his 20 yard shuttle time of 4.20 and his three cone drill time of 6.55 were impressive showing his quickness.

Lynch will also have to prove he can play special teams in the NFL, because if he's to make the roster that will be the biggest part of his job.

Lynch will also have to adjust to wearing a new number. He was number 6 at NIU but in Chicago that number belongs to Jay Cutler.
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