The Chicago Bears reported some positive news today. Rookie offensive lineman Teven Jenkins is cleared for practice. Matt Nagy spoke with the media this morning, albeit earlier than usual, and made the announcement.
The good news is that Jenkins is cleared for practice and he can finally put on pads. The Bears can finally see what they have in the young lineman. Is he a left tackle or a right tackle? Should he play guard instead? All of these questions will be answered, theoretically, in the three-week window Jenkins and the Bears now have for his activation.
Uncertain Future for Jenkins
We know that Matt Nagy doesn't like to comment too much about his super-secret plans behind the scenes of the envious Chicago Bears organization. It's no surprise to report that Nagy wasn't specific about where Jenkins will play on the offensive line.
Where he practices is redundant, for now. The focus on returning to full health and getting back on the field is what's important for Jenkins. The offensive line hasn't been totally terrible this year and a large part of that is Jason Peters.
If Teven Jenkins is going to be a professional left tackle, then he has one of the best mentors to learn from in Peters. The rookie must control his own destiny now and prove he's capable of making an NFL roster in the first place. Where he lines up is still up for grabs.
Teven Jenkins is cleared for practice. Will we see him on the field before the calendar turns? It's possible, but not guaranteed.