Do the Chicago Bears lack faith in Teven Jenkins at left tackle?

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When it comes to the Chicago Bears, fans do not seem to have much faith in the historic franchise these days. That was at least until this offseason when Ryan Pace traded up for both Justin Fields (first round) and Teven Jenkins (second round). Many, including myself, had a first-round grade on Jenkins. It seems as though the Bears did too or I doubt they make a second trade to move up after jumping from 20th overall to 11th overall for Fields.

After being selected, the team made it known that they see Teven Jenkins as the future left tackle. They also are not just allowing him to step in the role — he must earn it. If you have ever listened to a Chicago Bears press conference, Matt Nagy and the coaching staff rarely just give rookies the starting nod — even if they are a visibly better option.

We saw this happen last season with Jaylon Johnson. As I have said over and over again, Johnson is going to be a very good corner but he still had to work his way up the depth chart last season. With Kyle Fuller now in Denver, Johnson is being looked at as the hopeful CB1 of this team. I think Nagy and others want to see Teven Jenkins (and even Larry Borom and Justin Fields) follow a similar path.

Could it be possible the Chicago Bears are no longer sold on Teven Jenkins at LT?

Rumors were that the Chicago Bears were talking to offensive tackle Morgan Moses. Most agreed to terms with the New York Jets and looks to be the team’s starting right tackle this season. Another rumor was floated around today about Moses though. Apparently, the talks with the Bears were serious, but Moses did not want to play left tackle — the position the Bears reportedly saw Moses playing (or at least competing for) left tackle.

This is very shocking to most. All the talk has been about Jenkins at left tackle this offseason, but maybe things aren’t as good as it sounds? Personally, I would rather take my chances with Teven Jenkins at left tackle (right tackle was the position he played most) and Germain Ifedi at right tackle, than sign Morgan Moses to start at left tackle. Moses is nothing more than a right tackle in my opinion and apparently, Moses even feels the same way.

Should we be concerned about this news and worried Teven Jenkins will not be the future franchise left tackle we all hope he will become? Nope. I wouldn’t read too much into this report. In fact, I still would love to see the Chicago Bears sign a starting left tackle (there’s only one left who is worthy) and play Jenkins at right tackle and kick Germain Ifedi inside to right guard. This would mean Sam Mustipher is not starting at center though.

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The team should always want to add quality competition and depth though. It would have been interesting to see how the offensive line shook out with a player like Moses added to the roster. It will be interesting to see if the team is done making moves now or not. Just know, I would not read too much into this and I believe Teven Jenkins is still the hopeful franchise left tackle in the eyes of this organization.