The Chicago Bears spent their second-round pick on Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins. It looked like a sound decision at the time. Chicago had a clear need along the offensive line and Jenkins was one of the best prospects available.
Unfortunately, the early returns have not been good. Jenkins has missed all of training camp with a back injury. He's also been placed on the injured reserve, meaning he'll be sidelined for at least the first three weeks of the year. And it's likely to be much longer than that.
While Bears fans have had to endure a string of bad news regarding Jenkins, GM Ryan Pace finally gave fans a reason for optimism.
Teven Jenkins Injury
There was some debate as to whether or not Jenkins' back injury would require surgery, but the team ultimately elected to have him go under the knife. The decision appears to have paid off, according to Pace.
"Without getting into details, he started having some pain down his leg — I think just from the nerve... The good thing? As soon as we did [the surgery], those symptoms went away. So we feel good about it. . . . Now we feel we fixed the problem."- Ryan Pace
If Jenkins' back really is getting back to full strength, Bears fans will quickly forget about the few games he missed at the beginning of his career.
Hopefully Jenkins will be protecting Justin Fields' blindside for a long time coming.
Sign up for FanDuel Sportsbook today and get your first bet risk free for up to $1,000!
Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.