The Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to terms with QB Mitch Trubisky as soon as the legal tampering period window opened up this off-season. At the time, many members of Steeler Nation were confident that he would be the starter come Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season. Things have changed a little bit now, post 2022 NFL Draft, due to the Steelers selecting QB Kenny Pickett with their first round pick. There’s a competition that is going to have to unfold before the Steelers name their starter at quarterback, but it does seem like it’s Trubisky’s job to lose as of right now.
The Steelers’ big free agent addition spoke to the media after a practice session at minicamp, yesterday.
Trubisky was asked if he feels like the chemistry is there now with him and the other guys on offense.
“Yeah, for sure. We’re definitely building. We’ve got some great connections going with Chase [Claypool], Diontae[Johnson], Pat[Freiermuth], Naj [Najee Harris] and the rest of the guys. So we’ve got a talented group here. We’re continuously building that chemistry, learning this offense together, and really just ironing out to see where we want this thing to go. So I like where we’re at. I thought we’ve gotten better every single day. We’re looking to build one more day tomorrow in minicamp and finished strong. So it’s been going well, and I like where we’re at.”
Trubisky was also asked, “It seems like that you guys always say, don’t read too much into the reps that you get, but it seems like a lot tend to lean towards you. Is that at least encouraging or helpful for you?”
“Yeah, I’m preparing to be the starter. I feel like no matter what position you’re in, that’s what you should prepare like, so we’re all pushing each other. We’re all competing every day. Like I said, I wouldn’t read too much into it, but I’m getting a lot of good reps. I feel really comfortable in the offense, so I like where we’re at right now, and I feel very confident.”
On if Trubisky has input in Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada‘s offense:
“Yeah, we’re still working through all that together. I think, like, in a situation like a two-minute at the end, we’re just talking through certain calls that I like at the end of the game in a situation like that. But right now we’re really just trying to install the offense, really put everything in, see what’s working, see what we like and what we don’t, and just continue to talk through that. So he has his favorites and I have mine, and we’re just kind of meshing those. And constant communication is the key.”
Stay tuned as this battle between Trubisky and Pickett will continue into training camp and into the preseason. With how things seem to be going with the pecking order that has been established in Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and minicamp currently, it sure seems Trubisky is QB1 in these early phases.
Check out the presser in its entirety here!