4 Chicago Bears tumbling down depth charts during preseason
By Joseph Herff
Chicago Bears Teven Jenkins, Offensive Tackle
Now, Teven Jenkins hasn’t even played, but he is already dropping down the depth chart. The injured second-round pick has yet to participate in training camp. Minutes after their preseason contest, it was announced the Bears were signing All-Pro offensive tackle Jason Peters as well. Although aging, Peters still has some left in the tank.
After Jenkins was drafted, the Bears released Charles Leno and in return announced that Jenkins would be their left tackle. Jenkins was a mauler in the run game for Oklahoma State and played solid in pass block at the right tackle position. Even though he rarely had left tackle experience, the Bears said that he would be the left tackle.
Well, that’s no longer the case. The Bears don’t bring in a six-time All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowler to play right tackle. Peters was brought in for a reason. That could mean two things for Jenkins. Either Jenkins is moving to right tackle, or he is sitting out this season and learning from a Hall of Fame tackle and basically “red-shirting” this season. Regardless, Jenkins is no longer the starting left tackle.