Head coach Matt Nagy expects to run an aggressive offense that's always attacking downfield, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
After functioning as a game manager who surpassed 193 yards just three times over 12 starts, Trubisky will be expected to become a focal point of the offense under Nagy. Not only did the Bears bring in plenty of receiving weapons (Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel), but the head coach wants his offense to consistently challenge defenses vertically while employing a fast pace. The plan quickly makes the second-year quarterback a sleeper option, but without him having much success as a rookie, it may not be wise to reach for him in fantasy drafts.
Trubisky gained three established receiving options on the first day of free agency, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Following a rookie season where he had one of the worst receiving groups in the NFL, Trubisky now boasts a versatile group of receivers that includes Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton to go along with holdovers Cam Meredith, Tarik Cohen and Adam Shaheen. Trubisky could quickly become a big fantasy factor as each of his weapons poses different threats to opposing defenses. Assuming he bounces back well from an ACL tear, Robinson is a potential game-changer capable of making defenses pay for not doubling him. Meanwhile, Gabriel is a deep threat who's able to lift the top off of defenses while opening up the field for teammates. Finally, Burton, in limited duty with the Eagles, proved to be a mobile tight end who can burn defenses that don't assign a strong defender to him. Overall, the best news is that the entire offense will be learning new head coach Matt Nagy's offensive system at the same time, so the players can develop together. Despite the enthusiasm for the upcoming season, Trubisky carries plenty of risk, as his 2017 performance showed that he has a long way to go as he tries to develop into being the Bears' franchise quarterback.
Trubisky said Tuesday that he was "really excited" when he heard the Bears had hired former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy to replace John Fox as head coach, Rich Campbell of The Chicago Tribune reports. "Just watching the Kansas City offense last year, what Coach Nagy brought - I was able to meet him through the draft process last year, and we really connected," Trubisky said. "I was really excited when I heard he got the job here. I know Chicago is going to have a warm welcome (for) him, and he's going to bring amazing offensive ideas to the table.
Tuesday's radio appearance was Trubisky's first conversation with the media since Nagy was hired Jan. 8. The top overall pick from last year's draft was quick to mention that his new coach has already been successful with a mobile signal caller, having served as the Chiefs' quarterbacks coach from 2013 to 2016 before he was promoted to OC in 2017 and helped Alex Smith enjoy his best professional season. Nagy encouraged Smith to be more aggressive pushing the ball downfield, something that should be an emphasis as the 39-year-old coach begins his work with the cannon-armed Trubisky. While the Bears lack the kind of proven talent Nagy had in Kansas City, there's nothing to say that will still be the case by the time free agency and the draft are completed. Chicago already has an impressive backfield and a solid line, while 2017 second-round pick Adam Shaheen has the potential to develop into a major threat at tight end. The glaring weakness is at wide receiver, where Cameron Meredith (knee), Kendall Wright and Dontrelle Inman are all set to become unrestricted free agents. Trubsiky has been throwing in California with injury-laden 2015 first-round pick Kevin White, who has played just five games in three seasons but at least seems to have made a full recovery from September shoulder surgery. The Bears have enough cap room to make a run at the top free-agent wideouts, a group that's expected to include Allen Robinson, Sammy Watkins, Marqise Lee, Paul Richardson, Mike Wallace and Jordan Matthews.
Trubisky completed 20 of 36 passes for 178 yards while adding two yards on one rushing attempt in the Bears Week 17 loss to the Vikings, finishing his rookie season with 2193 passing yards to go with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions in 12 games.
Trubisky also added 248 yards and two touchdowns as a rusher during his rookie campaign. Working with one of the weakest wide receiver groups in the NFL, the coaching staff typically implemented conservative weekly game plans to keep their franchise quarterback from having too much on his plate, which limited both his upside and downside as a fantasy performer. With Cameron Meredith expected to make a full recovery for the 2018 season, he'll immediately have at least one outstanding weapon at receiver, and with another off-season to continue his development, he could find himself with a chance to become a borderline starting fantasy option as he enters the second season of his four-year rookie deal.
Trubisky completed 14 of 23 passes for 193 yards while adding 44 yards and a touchdown on the ground in Sunday's 20-3 win over the Browns.
With the Bears controlling this contest from start to finish, they leaned upon the ground game to control the clock, which resulted in Trubisky throwing the ball just 23 times. However, his ability to run with the football helped the QB carve out a decent fantasy performance. Although he hasn't thrown more than one touchdown pass in any game since taking over the starting job, Trubisky threw for at least 271 yards in two of his last three games and has displayed improvement over the course of the year. The rookie signal caller will end his first NFL season with a tough matchup at Minnesota in a game the Vikings will likely need to win, with playoff seeding in mind.
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