BOURBONNAIS — Jordan Lynch’s best chance to make a first impression likely won’t come until the Bears’ season opener Friday against the Eagles.
Just ask Matt Forte, who, along with veteran Shaun Draughn and second-year player Michael Ford, has gotten the most carries during training camp.
“He ain’t got many reps,” Forte said after practice Friday at Olivet Nazarene University. “It’s tough on those guys. We’re going into it, coaches telling them, ‘Your reps are going to be basically in the preseason games.’ ”
Lynch is converting to running back after a stellar career at quarterback at Northern Illinois. He has been competing with draftee Ka’Deem Carey and undrafted free agent Senorise Perry behind the veterans.
“It’s going to be up to him in the preseason games to show what he has,” Forte said.
One day after the offense dominated goal-line situations, the defense fought back, led by linebacker Lance Briggs, who made “a couple of great plays,” according to coach Marc Trestman.
Batted passes are common in camp, Trestman said, because the offensive line isn’t using cut blocks or techniques to lower defenders’ arms. Still, Trestman liked the defensive turn in the “ebb and flow” of camp.
“And that’s what we want,” he said. “We want to be highly competitive, and we’re getting it, and, again, we’re getting guys through the day.”
This and that
Pro Bowl right guard Kyle Long, who has yet to practice while recovering from a viral infection, is expected to participate in individual drills, at least, as part of “Family Fest,” which starts at 6:45 p.m. Saturday at Soldier Field.
◆ The Bears shopped locally for their two newest signees. Guard Graham Pocic grew up in Lemont and played at Illinois. Tackle Dennis Roland’s late father, Dennis Sr., was football coach at Olivet Nazarene from 1986 to ’90.
Pocic, who started 36 games for the Illini, never had attended Bears training camp until Friday, when his father, Gary, paid a visit.
“Everyone back home is pretty excited for me,” Pocic said.
◆ Center Roberto Garza missed practice for personal reasons but will return Saturday. Cornerback Charles Tillman got a veteran’s day off.
◆ With Garza out, Brian de la Puente played first-team center, with Michael Ola at Long’s right guard spot.
Contributing: Adam L. Jahns