It’s a widely held school of thought among those who follow the Pittsburgh Steelers: Mitch Trubisky is — or, at least, should be — unpleasant because the team he signed with as a free agent in March s went back and drafted another quarterback in the first round the following month.
On the day he completed a full spring and summer workout with his new teammates, Trubisky made it clear he had no ill will towards the Steelers for drafting Kenny Pickett.
“I just feel so lucky and blessed to have landed here in Pittsburgh,” Trubisky offered unsolicited after the final minicamp practice on Thursday. “I’m happy to be here with these guys and this team, (the) coaching staff and everyone (including) the city and the fans, so I feel like I’m in a very lucky and I’m thrilled with the opportunity.”
The returns, of course, are early. The team won’t meet for seven weeks, won’t play a preseason game for more than two months, and won’t open its regular season until Sept. 11. week, the honeymoon period that Trubisky feels towards the Steelers is reciprocated from his teammates towards their alleged new starting quarterback.
“He’s a great guy,” starting receiver Chase Claypool said. “He’s easy to get along with, easy to talk to and he’s very forgiving if you make a mistake, he doesn’t care at all. He moves on to the next game.
“He always comes into the building with a smile on his face and he’s never in a bad mood. It’s just easier to get along with him and understand who he is as a person.
The new QB1 after his 1st summer training with the Steelers pic.twitter.com/wHc8uhY6p4
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Less than three months after joining the Steelers on the first day free agents could negotiate with NFL clubs, Trubisky is — for now, at least — firmly entrenched atop the depth chart at quarterback. for a team that charts its future after Ben Roethlisberger. Offensive coordinator Matt Canada said earlier this week it was Tomlin’s design, and thanks to two weeks of organized team activities and three minicamp sessions this week, Trubisky has never lost his role as QB1.
Claypool called Trubisky’s demeanor around the offense “fluid…smooth” and “super cool.”
“When it’s the guy throwing the ball to you (is one that) you laugh and joke around…in the locker room and stuff, it makes everything more loose,” Claypool said.
That gregarious, laid-back, approachable attitude extends even to Pickett, the player most assume will eventually take Trubisky’s starting spot.
Off the field, Mitch Trubisky began his #Steels career by making all the right decisions about what to say. For Steelers fans, I hope his decision making is as good when he delivers the ball.https://t.co/LO70qmQDiS
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The former Pitt star has repeatedly remarked on his appreciation for the mentorship he receives from Trubisky and fellow veteran Mason Rudolph. Pickett said he plans to accept Trubisky on his open offer to spend time at his home in Florida during the break by the July 26 report date for training camp in Saint Vincent.
“We’ve already talked about meeting there, training and going out,” Pickett said. “I really want to use these guys (Trubisky and Rudolph), they’re great teammates, as a resource and to help me learn. I can’t say enough good things about how they’ve been.
Kind of like how Trubisky can’t say enough good things about his new teammates. On Thursday, he said “we don’t know how far this offense can go” after raving about the quality of unity during minicamp.
“Part of me wishes we were going there again next week,” Trubisky said. “We have free time, so we have to take care of our bodies and prepare for training camp. But it was a lot of fun, especially the last two years when OTAs with covid felt different, being home, being virtual. So being together, being able to build that chemistry and being with the guys and having fun on the court like that, it’s bittersweet, it’s over. But I feel good about the work we have done so far.
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