Chicago Bears Winner: Teven Jenkins, IOL
As risible as it may seem now, there were serious doubts surrounding Teven Jenkins’ future with the Bears in the offseason. There were multiple reports suggesting the Bears were frustrated with the young linemen and were considering trading him.
While we may never know the true validity of those rumors, it was evident that Jenkins and the Bears, for whatever reason, were not on the same page. But the Bears held on to Jenkins and were rewarded for their patience as he made a seamless transition from tackle or guard.
Jenkins quickly earned the distinction as the Bears’ top offensive lineman and had a legitimate pro bowl case. In 304 pass-blocking snaps, Jenkins surrendered two sacks and 12 total pressures. Comparatively, Lucas Patrick, who was in an open competition with Jenkins for playing time, gave up two sacks and 16 pressures in 146 pass-blocking snaps.
If there is any caveat to Jenkins’ play, it is that he is a significantly better run-blocker than a pass-blocker. This has been the case with most of Chicago’s offensive line, which partially explains the discrepancy in efficiency between the two. However, Jenkins’ athleticism and physicality give him plenty of upside as a pass blocker, especially considering he is still getting used to playing guard.