Chicago Bears: 3 things to know about Teven Jenkins

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Chicago Bears second-round pick Teven Jenkins plays with a nasty disposition

Jenkins was one of the few guys in pre-draft scouting reports and rankings who was labeled as “nasty.” There were only a couple of them who were a cut above the rest in that area, and Jenkins was one of them.

If you were to read up on how scouts viewed him leading up to the draft, you would consistently read things like “looks to put his man on his back,” and “finishes blocks with nasty demeanor.”

It almost feels as though the Bears got this year’s Quenton Nelson, except at the tackle position. Jenkins plays every snap like it’s a fist fight and his life depends on the outcome. He’s as physical and mean as they come on the field.

In his first conversation with the Bears media, Jenkins was asked about how much pride he takes in keeping his quarterback clean. He went on to say that, even dating back to high school, he always took that aspect very seriously. Jenkins also gave us this gem of a quote:

”If someone hits my quarterback after the play, that’s my problem … I’ve always taken pride in protecting my quarterback.”

It’s safe to say that if he sees a defender laying their hands on Justin Fields after the whistle, Jenkins will take care of business.

Another question he was asked during the media call was who he modeled his game after. To that, he answered Taylor Lewan. The Tennessee Titans tackle is known as one of the meanest linemen in the NFL and plays with reckless abandonment.

That’s the kind of player the Bears have long needed up front. They need a guy with an edge, who plays mean and aggressively. They got that in Jenkins.