We had so much fun doing our Countdown to Kickoff series last season that we decided to do it again. In case you’re new to the series, we’ll do a roster preview as we count down the days until the Chicago Bears September 7th season opener against the Buffalo Bills.
Today we’re featuring a pair of 36s currently on the Chicago Bears’ roster: Jordan Lynch and Derricus Purdy. Since Jordan Lynch is the more notable player (especially to Chicagoans), we’ll start with him, but be sure to hit the page break if you want to find out more about Derricus Purdy as well.
Jordan Lynch has become a folk hero of sorts in the Chicago area and it’s easy to see why. After attending Mt. Carmel High School, he accepted a scholarship to Northern Illinois where he had not one, but two of the most prolific seasons in NCAA history. Add that to him choosing to sign with the hometown Bears as an undrafted free agent this May, and a legend is born.
As a quarterback for the Huskies, Lynch finished the 2013 season with 2,892 passing yards, 1,920 rushing yards and finished third in Heisman voting. With the Bears, however, the 6-0, 217 pounder will be making a position switch to running back. While he does have plenty of experience running the football, position changes are always tricky and I view him as a long shot to make the final roster. The practice squad is a much more likely landing spot, but I do find myself rooting for him as his making the final 53 would be a great story.