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Bears senior writer explains why Lucas Patrick played more snaps than Teven Jenkins


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Vince Carbonneau
September 28, 2022  (12:41)
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One of the biggest talking points this week surrounding the Chicago Bears has been the fact that OG Teven Jenkins is not playing the majority of snaps. SO far this season, he has been splitting time with Lucas Patrick at RG. However, Jenkins has clearly been the most dominant lineman on the squad. All the advanced metrics show that Jenkins is playing amazing football. He even passes the eye test since he pretty much gets a pancake block every other play.

Well, this begs the question, why is he not playing more?
Here is what Larry Mayer had to say on the subject.
Why did Lucas Patrick start and play most of Sunday's game against the Texans at right guard instead of splitting time equally with Teven Jenkins?

Coach Matt Eberflus revealed Monday that veteran Lucas Patrick started against the Texans and played 41 of the Bears' 63 offensive snaps based on what transpired in practice during the week leading up to the game, especially in Wednesday's padded workout. Said Eberflus: "It's about practice. We evaluate practice. Wednesday is a big day for us, Thursday and Friday. We thought that Lucas did a good job of practicing. He was solid in his practice. Teven did a nice job on Thursday and Friday but needs to have a better Wednesday for him to step into that role." Patrick's playing time has increased each of the past two weeks, from 47 percent of the snaps against the 49ers to 54 percent in Green Bay to 65 percent versus the Texans.
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