Mitchell Trubisky may be the heavy underdog to win the starting job in the eyes of most sports books, but he isn’t acting like he’ll hand it over too easily.
Just look at what teammate and running back Tarik Cohen said he’s been doing to gear up for the looming quarterback competition:
These #Bears workouts — which start with text messages from Mitch Trubisky — have included Cohen, Allen Robinson, Demetrius Harris and also Cole Kmet. There have been other players, too.
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) June 11, 2020
“He’s slinging it right now … You still see the talent in Mitch.”
Ahhhh … hope springs eternal as it arrives on the arm talent and athleticism possessed by the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Cohen is the latest to tell reporters he has been working with Trubisky, doing so while adding the context that the fourth-year pro has been leading the charge for weeks when it comes to getting his teammates together for workouts. Previously, we talked about Trubisky taking the lead after being spotted working out with center Cody Whitehair and wide receiver Allen Robinson. Robinson added even more context, saying he had been working out a couple of days per week with Trubisky. On top of that, Cohen adds that newcomer tight end Demetrius Harris, rookie Cole Kmet, and others have been part of these workouts. This might not seem like much, but it feels like an important step in the right direction for Trubisky.
In a time when there are unknowns about training camp, and after a spring with an untraditional offseason training program (which has been cut short, mind you), it’s smart for Trubisky to take advantage of already standing relationships with teammates to further build on-field connections.
Meanwhile, Foles does not have those relationships or the opportunities to do something similar right now. It’s small, but it’s not nothing. And if it turns into something that helps tip the scales Trubisky’s favor in the summertime quarterback derby, we might certainly look back at this offseason as a step toward a better future for the 2017 first-round pick.
We won’t hear from Trubisky until Friday, when he is scheduled to meet the Chicago media in a Zoom meeting. Until then, we’re left to hear it from Trubisky’s teammates how he has been working to keep his job as he enters a potential turning point season in his career as a football player.