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Jordan Lynch’s fate still up in the air

Updated: August 27, 2014 2:50PM



Maybe Jordan Lynch has come to accept the Bears’ practice squad as his likely fate. Or maybe he subtly was lobbying to join it.

Either way, the 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist from Northern Illinois spent a lot of time talking about the Bears’ 10-man unit Tuesday.

‘‘There’s so many things I can do,’’ he said. ‘‘I can play quarterback. I can play running back. I can kind of split out and play receiver and just give the Bears any chance to get a better look for that week.’’

Squint your eyes enough, and it’s easy to see him mimicking San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick before Week 2.

On Thursday in Cleveland, though, he’ll try to do the best impression of himself, playing his new running-back spot and special teams in the Bears’ final preseason game.

‘‘I expect you’ll see quite a bit of him,’’ coach Marc Trestman said.

Lynch will run the ball for the first time since the preseason opener, when he led the Bears with 24 yards on seven carries. Lynch played special teams in the second preseason game and was one of the few healthy Bears not to play at all in the third preseason game.

‘‘It’s a very exciting week,’’ Lynch said. ‘‘Now I get to actually go out there and kind of showcase my talent. I’m really excited. I’m prepared for this, and I just love football. I get a chance to go out there, fly around and have fun.’’

A practice-squad assignment might work best for both parties. Lynch could learn his new positions in anonymity, and the Bears could keep a player whose mental makeup they’ve praised since he signed with the team as an undrafted free agent.

Trestman called Lynch’s transition to special teams ‘‘tough’’ but said he has improved.

‘‘He works at everything,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘He works at it hard. He’ll get an opportunity Thursday night. I think under the lights and the fire will be a good opportunity to show what he can do.’’

Lynch, who played high school ball at Mount Carmel, said he has learned so much since his arrival.

‘‘I thought I knew what I was getting into, but I really didn’t,’’ he said. ‘‘The physical condition you have to be in to play running back and special teams is night and day.’’

Lynch has a ‘‘natural skill to run the football, whether he’s at quarterback or halfback,’’ offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said. Putting that on game film for the rest of the league to see might help Lynch, too, if the Bears decide they don’t want him.

‘‘The more you can do, the better,’’ Lynch said. ‘‘And you’ll never know what happens.’’

He has tried to block out the scenarios he could face once the Bears cut their roster to 53 players Saturday.

‘‘It comes easily to me,’’ Lynch said. ‘‘I consider myself a football guy. I love to come out here, and no matter what I do — quarterback, running back, receiver, special teams, scout team — I just like coming out here and competing every day.’’

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