LAKE FOREST – Teven Jenkins stays a Chicago Bear.
“I nonetheless say it is up within the air proper now,” Jenkins stated Tuesday of his future with the Bears after making the 53-man roster. “There’s nothing set in stone proper now. Even should you make the 53-man roster, it does not imply you are going to be right here tomorrow.”
Whether or not or not Jenkins stays a Bears is okay, for him or the group, can also be murky.
The final month has been a whirlwind for the 24-year-old ahead.
Jenkins arrived at camp seeking to regain his spot at deal with after falling to the second group throughout OTAs and minicamp. A minor damage price him per week of observe, and through that point, rumors swirled that Bears basic supervisor Ryan Poles was making an attempt to fireside him.
These rumors continued all through camp and the preseason. Even after transferring late in camp to proper guard and showing to earn the beginning spot, Jenkins wasn’t positive he’d be a Bear when Tuesday rolled round.
Since returning to wholesome observe, Jenkins has been open and trustworthy with the media concerning the commerce rumors which have been swirling. It is a refreshing dose of honesty, particularly from a second-year participant whose maturity has been questioned by nameless sources within the media.
Jenkins sees no purpose to cover from actuality.
“Simply mainly not being naive to the state of affairs,” Jenkins stated. “Accepting what is going on on. Such as you stated, everyone is aware of what is going on on within the room. So it’s important to settle for that too, particularly if it is about your profession and your life. It additionally helps that [my fiancée] he is the one who tells me what is going on on. She, my brother, my father are at all times calling me speaking about issues that occur to me.”
Commerce rumors and shedding a beginning job took a toll on Jenkins’ psychological well being. He has talked about how vital every day conversations together with his fiancee have been to maintain her calm. He would go residence daily after observe and name his agent, Joel Segal, to see if he had talked to the Poles or if a commerce was imminent.
Jenkins was left in limbo.
It is not possible to not be affected when your employer desires to fireside you. Feeling undesirable, whether or not in knowledgeable or private setting, might be corrosive. Doubly so for a gifted and extremely drafted offensive deal with who has in all probability been a star in all places else he is performed.
“To be trustworthy, I grew to become sad,” Jenkins stated. “I used to be very sad. Then because it went on as a result of extra conversations saved coming in, I grew to become extra sad listening to about them and all the things.
“Quite a lot of frustration. Quite a lot of speaking, what was it to do with me and my agent, simply lots of issues needed to go down for me to be the place I’m. Simply begin chilling and begin preparing.”
Regardless of the Bears’ insistence that Jenkins might return from his minor damage and compete for a beginning spot, the writing was on the wall. Jenkins returned and ran completely with the second and third groups main into the preseason opener in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
Getting again on the soccer subject, wholesome and able to fireplace, appeared to carry a weight off Jenkins’ shoulders.
“I needed to carry myself again all the way down to earth,” Jenkins stated after the Bears’ preseason opener. “I am nonetheless right here, I am nonetheless doing this, my physique is one hundred pc, I can do that. I simply must belief myself to have the ability to carry out on the high.”
Two days later, the Bears moved Jenkins to proper guard. With Michael Schofield ineffective in opposition to the Chiefs, the Bears wanted to search out a solution on the inside. Jenkins’ excessive soccer IQ and physicality made him a pure option to kick inside.
The transition occurred at warp velocity. After a day of observe, Jenkins was operating with them. Then, two days later, he made a begin in opposition to the Seahawks in Seattle. He knew he needed to develop shortly as a guard to assist the Bears and put his versatility on movie for different groups to see as commerce talks continued.
One other sturdy outing within the preseason finale is prone to solidify Jenkins on the 53-man roster and seems, for now, to have earned him a beginning spot with Week 1 looming.
But it surely’s arduous to depart issues behind. You carry that ache once you’ve been damage or wronged. It is solely human. Letting go is at all times simpler stated than achieved.
For Jenkins, he is aware of he has to share the Bears’ need to commerce him, talks about his immaturity, the place change and all.
Like inside Jenkins growth, this course of is a piece in progress.
“I’ve to do that. It is actually arduous,” Jenkins stated. “I am nonetheless making an attempt to wrap my thoughts round it proper now. Making an attempt to recover from what occurred. Wanting ahead to the season.
“It is nearly getting on movie for the 49ers. It helps as a result of I’ve a recreation to fret about and I haven’t got to fret about something prior to now.”
It is easy to take a look at the Bears’ beginning offensive line for the final two preseason video games and assume there are 5 going in opposition to the 49ers, with Lucas Patrick’s return to be decided. This isn’t the that means across the constructing. Issues stay in flux and should thus change.
The uncertainty Jenkins has felt over the previous month is prone to stay. He is aware of that in addition to anybody.
“There have been many instances I puzzled [if I would be here]”- stated Jenkins. “I used to be questioning immediately too. I am simply undecided about my future proper now. In any case, I nonetheless can [be traded]. It is nearly attacking daily.”
Jenkins is having fun with taking part in proper guard as a result of he is aware of it is best for his long-term future, whether or not in Chicago or elsewhere. These every day talks together with his agent will in all probability proceed. He’ll depend on his fiancee and his household to hold him via a tumultuous early profession.
Switching to protect and having the ability to showcase his versatility is a profession lifeline.
However has this helped to dispel the resentment he felt?
“Um…,” Jenkins trailed off.
He gave a smile and a glance that stated, “What do you assume?” earlier than he left, carrying with him uncertainty and dissatisfaction.
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