It has been a slow burn for Teven Jenkins to get to this point, but he made it and that’s what matters.
Back-to-back days of practicing can’t be taken for granted. Not when discussing a player who was unavailable for training camp last year. And definitely not when considering an offensive lineman whose status was up-in-the-air for most of this summer. But Jenkins was a participant in practice on Saturday *AND* Sunday. There is even video footage as proof:
It ain’t much, but it ain’t nothin’.
And it turns out that Jenkins did more than just practice. In fact, he was trying his hand at a new position on Sunday:
CHGO’s Nicholas Moreano notes that in addition to getting some run as the first-team right tackle, Jenkins was getting some burn at right guard. Now, this is an interesting development for a fluid position group.
Firstly, because right guard is a position that is wholly new to Jenkins. A right tackle by trade, the old regime brought Jenkins in to play left tackle. But since the Poles-Eberflus administration took over, Jenkins has slid down the offensive line spectrum. And while Offensive Coordinator Luke Getsy said a healthy Jenkins would get a shot to win a starting job at tackle, we shouldn’t look past the outside chance of him sliding inside to right guard. Because even though Michael Schofield signed on to be a plug-and-play option at the position, it isn’t out of the realm of possibilities that Jenkins wins a summertime position battle.
To be clear, Jenkins probably still has a long road to travel before we can pencil him into a starting spot. Whether it is at guard, where Schofield, Sam Mustipher, and Ja’Tyre Carter have been taking snaps. Or at right tackle, where Riley Reiff and Larry Borom are Jenkins’ competition at the position. Nevertheless, we should keep eyes on this as the summer rolls on.