The Bears waived running back and former Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch on Friday and reportedly gave Lynch no assurance of making the practice squad, which they can form starting Sunday.
The 10-man practice squad is Lynch’s best shot in the NFL, and the Bears likely don’t have to worry about another team claiming Lynch off waivers before then.
Lynch should pay attention to what happens with fellow undrafted rookie running back Senorise Perry, who may make the 53-man roster, but if not, would also be a practice squad candidate. If the Bears signed Perry to the practice squad, they would be designating two spots for running backs if they also included Lynch.
Lynch played only seven snaps on offense in Thursday’s final preseason game against the Browns in Cleveland and had six carries for 18 yards, with a long of 8 yards.
The Bears gave Lynch significant special teams reps – 16 – in punt coverage and on the kickoff return team.
“I got a lot of reps on special teams,” Lynch said after Thursday’s loss in Cleveland. “It’s something new to me; that was the second time I got reps on special teams in the preseason. I thought I did well.”
In the preseason opener against the Eagles, Lynch had seven carries for 24 yards. He did run for a first down on third-and-one against the Browns.
“I went out there every day, 100 percent in practice. Obviously my reps were limited in game time, but I thought I made the most of it every time I came out,” said Lynch, who did not respond to a text message seeking comment Friday afternoon.
Four veteran cuts: In addition to waiving Lynch, the Bears terminated the contracts of four vested veterans Friday: offensive tackle Dennis Roland, tight end Jeron Mastrud, wide receiver Armanti Edwards and offensive lineman Robert Turner.
Of the four, Roland was the only one potentially on the roster bubble. The 6-foot-9, 315-pounder joined the Bears during camp July 31, and he worked as the second-team right tackle while Michael Ola moved up to first team when Jordan Mills and Eben Britton nursing injuries. The 31-year-old has 30 career starts and spent part of his childhood living in Bourbonnais.
Edwards signed with the Bears on June 3 to join the return competition on special teams, but he was always buried on the depth chart. In the preseason, Edwards had four catches for 22 yards and did not have a return.
Mastrud joined the team after minicamp, and the former Raider and Dolphin was the No. 4 tight end after Zach Miller’s foot injury. He had nine catches for 51 yards in the preseason and led skill players with 38 snaps against the Browns.
Turner was a late addition to the offensive line for depth purposes after Brian de la Puente’s injury.
The roster is at 70 players, and the Bears have to release 17 more to get to a 53-man roster by Saturday afternoon.
Palmer cut: In Buffalo, the Bills released former Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer. He had only a few days to learn the offense and completed 9 of 22 passes against the Lions on Thursday night, including three interceptions.