Teven Jenkins stated the dialog was quick.
Chicago Bears coaches let the offensive lineman know he was shifting from proper guard again to left guard with the return of Nate Davis to the lineup. Jenkins stated he responded, “All right. No problem.”
Bears coach Matt Eberflus stated Wednesday that Davis is anticipated to return Sunday towards the Detroit Lions at Ford Field after a four-game absence due to a excessive ankle sprain. The Bears decided that Davis’ expertise at proper guard and Jenkins’ flexibility to play on each side made the swap the correct transfer.
“I trust everything upstairs,” Jenkins stated. “They’re trying to put the best five out there, and if it comes down to what it is right now, I trust them.”
Jenkins performed the final 4 video games at proper guard whereas Davis was out, settling right into a groove alongside rookie proper sort out Darnell Wright. Before that, Jenkins had one begin at left guard towards the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 15. Per week earlier, he performed in a left guard rotation as he ramped up from a four-game absence due to a calf damage.
Jenkins stated “anybody in the league” possible would like to remain on one aspect.
“But I feel like it gives me a one-up, jgives me a plus when you’re looking at me, just to be able to play both sides,” he stated.
Jenkins stated there are a couple of challenges to creating the swap.
“Just the mental aspect of weight distribution, and now my left hip is a little tighter than my right hip,” he stated. “I’ve got to get that loosened up, so I get used to going to that side. I’m working with (left tackle Braxton Jones) now, so that will be a little different as well. So it’s just understanding what he needs and wants.”
Eberflus and offensive coordinator Luke Getsy recommended the adaptability of Jenkins, who additionally switched to protect from sort out earlier than his second season in 2022.
“He has really grown in front of our eyes,” Eberflus stated. “You see him being a pro consistently, day in and day out, during practices, showing up every day, putting the work in, and it’s starting to pay off for him. He has had some good battles.”
Davis’ return will imply the Bears are the healthiest they’ve been on the offensive line all season after the return of Jones from a neck damage two video games in the past.
“We’re excited to kind of finally get some extra pieces back and have some depth there,” Getsy stated.
The shuffling and the Bears choice to maintain Lucas Patrick at middle means guard/middle Cody Whitehair, who has began 117 video games for the Bears since 2016, is anticipated to be on the bench Sunday.
Eberflus stated such choices “are always hard.”
“Cody has been a true pro,” Eberflus stated. “Obviously a captain here for many years, had a great long career and is still going to continue to help us as we go. That’s our starting lineup for this week and you know things can happen like that and he’s back into the mix at center, guard, wherever it might be.”
Bears working again Khalil Herbert, who’s working his method again from injured reserve following an ankle damage, practiced in full Thursday.
After follow, the Bears waived working again Darrynton Evans, whom that they had signed following Herbert’s damage.
Running again D’Onta Foreman was restricted in follow with an ankle damage. If Foreman is able to play Sunday, the Bears could have a choice to make about how they’ll deal with the working again rotation.
“We’re excited to get (Herbert) back on the field,” Getsy stated. “And exactly how much or what all that looks like, we’ve got to figure that out. Who’s all healthy, who’s able to go and then on top of that how much can you go when you haven’t played in a few weeks too?”
The Bears have a couple of linebackers banged up. Tremaine Edmunds (knee) didn’t follow, and Noah Sewell (knee) was restricted. Jack Sanborn (ankle) returned to follow in full after he was restricted Wednesday.