Mitch Trubisky caught my attention around this time last year, when he was living with Jared Goff in the offseason and dragging his teammates to work out with him in California.
And while I can’t make a direct correlation between Trubisky’s extra work and his second-year development, I can’t imagine it hurt any. So with that in mind, it’s encouraging to see Trubisky and friends back at it.
Receiver Taylor Gabriel shared some intriguing Instagram #content, showing him working out in drills while in the presence of Trubisky, Allen Robinson, and Javon Wims. It’s certainly nice to see QB1 and three of his top pass-catching targets getting together on their own time in the offseason, building on the rapport they created in their first year together, last year. On top of that, it’s also a bit relieving to see Robinson and Gabriel – who played through injury in the Bears’ postseason loss to the Eagles – working out without restrictions. Hooray for health!
Perhaps the thing that should catch our eye most, however, is Wims’ involvement in the group. Wims didn’t get much burn as a rookie, but had some stand-out performances in the preseason and made some clutch catches in the regular-season finale against the Vikings.
We’ve previously discussed the Bears’ offseason receiver needs, but we shouldn’t overlook Wims as an in-house solution. Wims has size, athleticism, upside, and now he is working out with the starting quarterback and the established receivers ahead of him on the depth chart. Taking that kind of initiative and making the most of an opportunity is certainly one way to take your game to another level.
The Bears’ receivers room is quietly starting to get crowded. In addition to Robinson, Gabriel, and Anthony Miller at the top, the team added free-agent speedsters Cordarrelle Patterson and Marvin Hall to the room. But just because the Bears bolstered that group doesn’t mean we should look past Wims and his large catch radius. And with Wims working with Trubisky in the offseason, the 2018 seventh-round pick is making his presence known. He will certainly be worth watching as 2019 rolls along.