Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy put an end to a narrative this week that was seemingly taking over training camp.
There’s been a lot of speculation this summer about Bears offensive lineman Teven Jenkins and his future with the team.
At one point last week, it felt like a trade was inevitable.
Jenkins hasn’t been on the field during training camp. And head coach Matt Eberflus has been somewhat vague when explaining his absence.
There was also a report from NBC Sports’ David Kaplan that suggested Jenkins is “immature”.
“From what I’m hearing, it’s not a serious injury,” said NBC Sport’s David Kaplan recently. “What I’m hearing is that there’s a high level of disconnect between Teven and the new coaching staff, especially Chris Morgan, the new offensive line coach.”
“As one person who would know close to the team said to me, ‘He’s their most talented lineman,’” added Kaplan. “But I’m also hearing he’s wildly immature.”
The tone from Getsy this week was dramatically different than what we heard in Kaplan’s report.
Getsy was quick to praise Jenkins and seemingly indicated that he’s going to be a big part of the Bears’ plans this season.
“Teven’s been great,” said Getsy on Friday. “He’s been attentive. He’s all in. Once he gets through this deal, he’ll be back out there ready to rock and roll.”
Getsy’s comments line up with a tweet from Jenkins last week that told fans to not believe everything they read.
I’m good don’t believe everything you read— Tev (@TevenJenkins) August 2, 2022
It’s easy for a narrative to start out of nowhere at times. It’s also easy to shut those narratives down. Eberflus, for whatever reason, wasn’t interested in shutting down the Jenkins talk — perhaps that’s because as the head coach he’s looking at a million different things during training camp and likely isn’t focused on what the media is saying.
Getsy, to his credit, shut down the Jenkins is on his way out of Chicago story.
Of course, all it will take is another random report to kick start the Jenkins story again. But for now, it’s over. Jenkins will have the opportunity to be a key player for the Bears this season once he’s healthy.
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