Saturday saw the return of Teven Jenkins to Bears training camp practice at Halas Hall. Given the early controversy surrounding Jenkins' potential future in Chicago, this situation was obviously a massive deal for all parties involved.
Likely knowing that many wanted to hear from the 2021 second-round pick, the Bears gave Jenkins the microphone after his first official practice of the 2022 season. There were, unsurprisingly, a few noteworthy nuggets as Jenkins potentially works his way back into the Bears’ offensive line rotation.
On the reports that the Bears’ coaching staff and Jenkins don’t see eye-to-eye:
"I love the coaches, we have no animosity towards each other. We talk to each other every day." - #Bears OT Teven Jenkins.— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) August 6, 2022
Teven Jenkins says it is not true that he has clashed with coaches in any way shape or form.— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) August 6, 2022
On whether Jenkins thinks the new Bears regime has given him enough of a chance to succeed:
Teven Jenkins says he believes he's received a fair chance here in Chicago. #Bears— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) August 6, 2022
Jenkins’ comments regarding potential trade rumors in the early preseason:
#Bears Teven Jenkins was asked if he talks to GM Ryan Poles when reports surface that the team may be shopping him.— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) August 6, 2022
Jenkins responded that the only one he talks to about that is his agent.
Jenkins was then asked what his agent has said:
"I don't want to disclose any of that."
There wasn’t much clarity on the extent or exact nature of Jenkins’ injury from the man himself:
Teven Jenkins not willing to reveal his injury.— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) August 6, 2022
Finally, in a few nods to his future in Chicago —
- He’ll be in Lake Forest in September, apparently:
Bears OL Teven Jenkins says he expects to be here for the regular season.— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) August 6, 2022
2. He plays for the Bears “right now.”
Teven Jenkins: "I'm here with the Chicago Bears right now."— Brendan Sugrue (@BrendanSugrue) August 6, 2022
A strange situation for the Bears and Jenkins continues to evolve. The Bears will practice next on Sunday in an event that is open to fans.