Bears 2021 Draft Pick Goes From Trade Bait To Potential Starter

When the Chicago Bears drafted Tevin Jenkins in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, they saw him as a big, powerful tackle who would be a part of this offensive line for years to come, but after an up and down rookie campaign, the team started taking calls on him earlier in training camp. As we know, life in the NFL is wild sometimes, and after taking those calls, the Bears moved Jenkins from tackle to right guard, where he played in the teams last two pre-season games, and it may have been a career saver in Chicago.

With injuries and a lack of depth along this line, Jenkins now looks like he's going to become the starter for the Bears at right guard, unless things change once again, but as of now, it looks like Jenkins has gone from being out the door to starting at a new position.

"It's been like a rollercoaster and a mix of emotions for me, going from right tackle 3 to go to second right guard and I'm starting now, it's a lot about seizing opportunity. That's one thing I'm looking forward to doing this weekend." Jenkins hasn't played guard since 2017 at Oklahoma State, but given all reports, he's taken to the position over the last 10 days like a fish to water. 

If Jenkins can indeed secure the starting spot and continue making it his own before the season begins, it will be a huge positive for Chicago, who would then have one less spot to worry about while trying to protect young QB Justin Fields. 

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