5 Chicago Bears who have been pleasant surprises
3. Chicago Bears have found something in Teven Jenkins
About two months ago fans were not sure if Teven Jenkins would ever start for the Chicago Bears. The word bust was starting to get thrown around, and he had apparently lost a training camp battle at both tackle positions.
However, the Chicago Bears moving Teven Jenkins inside to right guard may have been the best thing to happen to both sides. Jenkins has clearly been the best offensive lineman on the team so far, in both the run and passing game.
What is even funnier is that he spent the first four games in a rotation with Lucas Patrick, who has struggled. So, Jenkins has not been able to get into a groove but still has exceeded expectations. Thursday against Washington may have been his best game, although many could not tell because of the struggles around him.
Still, it makes sense that now that he owns the position and no one is cutting into the work he is just now getting comfortable. That makes the upside even more exciting. It is hard to say that he has been anything but a pleasant surprise this season.