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Bears believe Thursday’s win was a prime example of offensive line’s potential

10 months agoJake Mozarsky

The Bears captured their first win of the season Thursday night over the Washington Commanders, and the offense led Justin Fields continued to click — the Bears put up 40 points just a few days after scoring 28.

While a lot of the storylines will be about Fields and star wideout DJ Moore, some of this production would not have been possible without the offensive line. The unit provided Fields with a clean pocket throughout the game and allowed him to make big throws.

The offensive line was provided with a major boost with Teven Jenkins, who made his season debut after returning from the injured reserve. Jenkins said it felt great to be out there and praised the entire line.

“I’m very happy and excited about our o-line right now,” Jenkins said to Jeff Joniak on The Official Bears Postgame Live presented by United. “We gave [Justin Fields] a lot of time and you can see what happens when you give him time. We just have to keep on doing that week in and week out.”

Jenkins, who was selected by the Bears in the second round of the 2021 NFL draft, also praised the unit for adapting to a plug-and-play style. Specifically, he mentioned Cody Whitehair, who moved from left guard to center mid-game after Lucas Patrick exited the game with an injury.

“It just shows the selflessness of Cody Whitehair, left guard to center right on the fly” Jenkins said. “We’ve been practicing all week but you never know what’s going to happen, so it shows a lot for him.”

Jenkins and the rest of the offensive line put up a strong effort against one of the top defensive lines in football, led by players such as Chase Young and Jonathan Allen. The hope is they can build on it as the Bears move forward.

“It shows that we’re here and we can do it,” Jenkins said.

For the full interview between Jenkins and Jeff Joniak, check out the video above

 

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