One of the things I’ve always liked about Mitch Trubisky since the first time I saw him at training camp in 2017 was his practice effort. Because there was something that caught my eye about a rookie who was a third-stringer on the depth chart and clearly the future of the franchise working with reserve linemen to improve his feel for the quarterback-center exchange and receivers down on the depth chart to get extra throws in after the final practice whistle.
So it comes as no surprise that Trubisky was the first one to hit the MetLife Field surface to get some extra throwing in as he works his way back from a right shoulder injury:
Look who’s the first @ChicagoBears on MetLife Stadium field… QB Mitch Trubisky. He’s listed as “doubtful” today but clearly testing his throwing shoulder out. @nflnetwork @NFLGameDay pic.twitter.com/4kgSeQ4G6X
— StaceyDales (@StaceyDales) December 2, 2018
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune tweets Trubisky’s throwing session lasted about five minutes. And while that isn’t a ton of time, it’s enough to spark a flicker of optimism regarding Trubisky’s return. Chase Daniel will still get the start for a Bears team looking to improve to 9-3 against a disappointing (yet still very dangerous) Giants team that enters Sunday’s game with a 3-8 record.
No matter what happens today out east, Trubisky’s progress and status heading into Week 14 is what we’ll have our eyes on starting as soon as the team’s Week 13 matchup goes into the books. For now, I’ll hold onto this feeling of optimism that will get me through the rest of the morning.