Chicago Bears Training Camp Preview: Running Backs
Dec 26, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Northern Illinois Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) attempts a run in the first half against the Utah State Aggies during the 2013 Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Camp Battle to Watch
Michael Ford vs Jordan Lynch
Nov 4, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Chicago Bears running back Michael Ford (32) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Chicago won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
In my mind, the battle to watch among the running backs is Ford vs Lynch. Both will have to prove their value as a pass blocker and on special teams in order to crack the roster. Lynch chose the Bears as an undrafted free agent rather than going elsewhere to compete as a quarterback because Marc Trestman convinced him the situation with the Bears would be best suited for Lynch’s talents. Maybe Trestman should start recruiting for the Bulls? Had the Bears not drafted quarterback David Fales in the 6th round, Lynch might have been a compelling candidate to serve as a third quarterback without burning a roster spot on a designated clipboard holder.
Ford earned himself a roster spot out of 2013 training camp, mostly as a special teamer in 2013, but saw very limited action. If he wants to hold off some rookie challengers, he’ll have to take advantage of his knowledge of the system and make the most of his carries in the preseason. Whoever pass blocks the best and can contribute the most on special teams wins the last RB roster spot.
Perry was Louisville’s top rusher through the first 6 games of a 2012 season before a torn ACL ended his season. Despite the ACL injury, Perry still ran a 4.38 40-yard dash and turned heads at the Combine. He could be a candidate for the practice squad or maybe he comes down with one of those mysterious late preseason injuries that puts him on IR for a season to get his legs under him.