Second year Chicago Bears tackle Teven Jenkins has finally arrived to team practices after seven consecutive missed days.
Jenkins was heavily anticipated when the Bears opened padded-practice due to his nasty and physical play style, however, he was nowhere to be found. Head Coach Matt Eberflus has kept Jenkins’s situation under wraps by saying he’s day-to-day with an injury – yet never revealing what the injury was or how long it will keep him sidelined.
It’s been speculated by Chicago media that Jenkins had developed a poor relationship with offensive line coach Chris Morgan. Rumors grew to the point that Ian Rappaport reported that the Bears were shopping the young offensive lineman. That news heavily disappointed fans, as trading up to select Jenkins was seen as yet another failure by Ryan Pace.
Pretty notably, Jenkins seems to have fallen out of favor with the local media and many of the fanbase. He’s been called “Soft”, “Overrated”, and “Weak” more times than one can count just by scrolling through Twitter.
It will be interesting to see how he performs in camp today, as the Bears have only 7 days until the Preseason opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. He’s going to have to make up some ground to be able to play, which will be crucial for the organization and fans to see how his development has progressed.