In anticipation of finalizing their 53-man roster, the Chicago Bears need to cut 22 players between Friday and Saturday.
The Bears started the process on Friday afternoon. The Bears announced on Friday that they have released running back Jordan Lynch, wide receiver Armanti Edwards, tight end Jeron Mastrud, and offensive linemen Dennis Roland and Robert Turner.
Of the five players released by the Bears on Friday, Lynch was the only player that had a chance of making the 53-man roster.
Lynch, the former standout quarterback at Northern Illinois, was attempting to make the Bears as the team’s third running back. Though, with veteran Shaun Draugn, rookie Ka’Deem Carey, and special teams standout Senorise Perry already at the running back position, Lynch did not have a strong chance of making the Bears’ roster.
The writing on the wall for Lynch should have came on Thursday during the Bears’ final pre-season game. Bears head coach Marc Trestman indicated that Lynch would see increased playing time on Thursday night. Instead, Lynch did not enter the game until the fourth quarter after the meaningful minutes had already been played.
Lynch will now be subject to the waiver wire. The Bears could sign Lynch to their practice squad if he clears waivers.
The Bears have 17 more cuts to make before Saturday afternoon.