Chicago Bears All-Pro snub No. 3: Teven Jenkins
This case can be more argued than Jaylon Johnson's case, but considering the Chicago Bears' offensive line, Teven Jenkins is part of the equation that does most of the lifting when he's in.
Had the Bears not had Teven Jenkins or Darnell Wright, this offensive line would continue to be considered bottom-of-the-league.
But, after having the No. 1 rushing offense last season and the No. 2 rushing offense this season, Teven Jenkins is to thank for much of that success.
Now, the case for Jenkins isn't nearly as strong. Did he get snubbed? Maybe. But, with only two spots— one First-Team and one Second-Team— it's much more competitive for that spot.
And since offensive linemen don't accumulate many stats, there are a few areas to look to see who the best interior linemen in the league are.
First, watching the film. This will always be paramount in evaluating players. Watching them actually play, each play is the best way to evaluate.
Another option is PFF grades, though, those aren't as telling as some believe. They're a resource that can be helpful if looked at critically, but they shouldn't be looked at as the only source of information.
Now, I decided to dive a bit deeper.
Per Next Gen Stats, there's a measured stat called "8+D%" that measures the percentage of plays where eight or more players are in the box. Dumbed down, this is somewhat asking: "How frequently are defenses expecting a run— or acting like they are?"
Now, sure, NFL defenses can stack the box with eight or more players and expect a pass, but that's probably not happening as frequently as when they stack the box expecting a run.
Among all the NFL running backs, Khalil Herbert faced an 8+D% of 31.82%. There were only four running backs ahead of Herbert in that category.
Christian McCaffrey: 36.03%
Derrick Henry: 35.36%
Gus Edwards: 34.34%
Kareem Hunt: 31.85%
This could mean a few things, and it does, but I'm seeing a pro-Teven Jenkins stat here.
CMC and Derrick Henry are both near the top of this position, so for defenses to play the run more frequently against those backs makes sense. However, Khalil Herbert isn't really that guy.
The reason Jenkins is the one standing out in this is because of the other linemen, especially interior linemen. The Chicago Bears are hurt much more frequently than they're saved by Lucas Patrick and Nate Davis.
And since the box being stacked usually bothers the interior linemen more than the exterior linemen— Braxton Jones and Darnell Wright— the interior is where this stat lies.
Teven Jenkins is the bell cow of this back-to-back rushing attack that ranks within the top two, so for him to not be viewed as one of the top interior offensive linemen is a bit of a snub.
Could he have been voted All-Pro this season, whether First-Team or Second-Team? There's an argument to be made for sure.