By Jim Hagerty
When the Chicago Bears’ 70-man roster was released Friday, Aug. 29, former NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch’s name wasn’t on it.
The Bears waived the Heisman Trophy finalist Friday morning, a day after he gained 18 yards on six carries as a backup running back in the final preseason game against the Cleveland Browns.
A fan favorite, Lynch could still remain with the Bears if they elect to use him on on the team’s 10-man practice squad. That could happen over the weekend once Lynch clears waivers.
If Lynch cracks the practice squad, his versatility at quarterback, running back and receiver could be valuable as the team prepares for upcoming games. It will also give the 23-year-old a chance to improve.
Lynch could also be claimed by another team.
Lynch was eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. While at Northern Illinois University, he was the MAC Offensive Player of the Year after passing for 2,892 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushing for 1,920 yards and 23 touchdowns in his final campaign.
He finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, behind Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron and Florida State’s Jameis Winston. As a running back who saw limited action with the Bears this preseason, Lynch rushed for 42 yards on 13 carries and no touchdowns.
The Bears also waived receiver Armanti Edwards, tight end Jeron Mastrud, tackle Dennis Roland and center/guard Robert Turner.
The team has until 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30, to reach the mandatory 53-player limit.