Although he's made some impressive throws, Trubisky has also struggled with poor decision-making and poorly-placed passes during the Bears first practices of training camp, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Despite Trubisky's struggles, not only is he learning a new offense, but he's also playing with many receivers who are new to the team. In addition, he's started just 12 games at the NFL level and 25 total starts since high school, so as talented as he appears to be, performances like these should be expected given the circumstances. As long as Trubisky shows steady progress throughout camp, he'll continue to be worth a draft pick as a fantasy backup with upside.
The Bears traded up in the second round of the 2018 draft to select wide receiver Anthony Miller out of Memphis to give Trubisky his fourth new receiving weapon of the offseason, Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
After adding wide receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, as well as tight end Trey Burton in free agency, Miller rounds out a receiving group that potentially gives Trubisky a chance to make a huge second-year leap as a potential fantasy starter. Of course the the receivers and the quarterback will all be learning new head coach Matt Nagy's offense while trying to build chemistry, so there also could be a significant learning curve. Although there's plenty of reason for optimism in regards to Trubisky as a fantasy breakout player this year, selecting him as a fantasy backup with upside may be the wisest route to go.
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.
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