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Pass protection next thing on Jordan Lynch’s to-learn list

Updated: June 23, 2014 1:20PM

Former Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch’s three-day run at rookie minicamp featured plenty of praise from coaches but also a direct message from one.

‘‘The area that he and I spoke about [where] he’s going to have to improve on and show that he’s capable of doing at this level is the running back has to be a good protector, especially in our system,’’ running backs coach Skip Peete said. ‘‘He’s never had to do it; he’s always been the guy throwing [the ball]. It’s obviously something he’s going to have to learn.

‘‘We’re going to work on it every day. Right now, it’s primarily just technique work — foot placement, hand placement, things like that — because you don’t have pads, so you can’t physically do it.’’

Lynch, a Mount Carmel graduate, worked at tailback throughout minicamp.

‘‘At this level, you’ve got to protect the quarterback and you have to keep him upright at all times,’’ Peete said. ‘‘Until they prove and showcase that they have the ability to do that, then you kind of monitor what you do with them.’’

Punting the competition

The competition at punter is down to Pat O’Donnell and Tress Way. Drew Butler, the son of former Bears kicker Kevin Butler, was waived.

O’Donnell, one of the Bears’ two sixth-round selections, is the clear favorite.

‘‘[It’s] just his overall leg talent,’’ special-teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis said. ‘‘He’s got a live leg. So when he does hit the ball, it’s a good, clean hit and it’s a very strong punt. He had a good workout for me down at Miami.’’

Kevin Butler responded to his son’s release on Twitter.

‘‘It’s pat’s job,’’ he wrote. ‘‘Competition was just released. It’s called protecting your draft pick and ego.’’

Sign here, please

Rookie minicamp featured 38 tryout players, and coach Marc Trestman indicated some would return. One who will is North Texas safety Marcus Trice, whom the Bears signed.

‘‘Certainly, our draft choices will be back this week, our free-agent signings will be back, and we’ve got a few tryout guys we’ll look to bring back,’’ he said.


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