Is Teven Jenkins actually the starting left guard? It's time to commit
Since Ryan Poles took over the Bears a year and a half ago, things haven't exactly gone smoothly between the team and offensive lineman Teven Jenkins. At one point, there were trade rumors with Jenkins' name involved. On another occasion, Jenkins missed some time in camp and people started to wonder what was going on, but eventually it was revealed that he missed time due to an injury.
Then, Jenkins was ultimately tasked with playing guard as opposed to tackle. The move to guard seemed in Jenkins' best interest, as well as the team's overall best interest. Jenkins has always been a physical player; a real mauler. So, moving to guard would allow him to be even more physical, especially in the run game.
Now listed as the team's starter at left guard, the job seems to be Jenkins' to lose. But, will the team actually commit to him now? Fans liked what they saw out of him last year, but want to hear it from the coaching staff that it's his job. Lucas Patrick is fully capable of starting at either guard or center, still, and is sitting right there behind Jenkins.
It's clear that Jenkins holding this job is what's best for the team's future, and for the offense as a whole, so the Bears need to make that blatantly clear. We can't afford to see any uncertainty between the organization and Jenkins going into his third year.