The offseason campaign for Mitchell Trubisky getting another starting job was strong, and it didn’t take long for him to find a spot, signing a two-year deal with the Steelers.
Following the retirement of Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh entered the offseason with Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins in the cupboard, signaling that Trubisky will indeed have the runway to lead this offense.
In Chicago, Trubisky did log a QB11 scoring season on a per game basis (18.8 points), surrounding QB38, QB32, and QB26 seasons per game during his tenure with Bears.
Trubisky does come with rushing ability, something that offensive coordinator Matt Canada wants to have and could not with Roethlisberger. Only Tampa Bay had fewer dropbacks outside of the pocket than the Steelers in 2021.
Roethlisberger also used play action on just 18.5% of his dropbacks, 36th in the league, while Roethlisberger was fourth in the league in dropbacks using shotgun. We will see a different offense in Pittsburgh in 2021 using more movement pre-snap and utilizing Trubisky’s mobility.
For fantasy, Trubisky has averaged 3.0 rushing points per game as a starter while 21.3% of his career fantasy production has come directly from rushing.
Trubisky is still stuck as a QB2 and streamer for fantasy purposes, but he does have some mobility and has capable playmakers surrounding him in Najee Harris, Diontae Johnson, and Chase Claypool.
We have always been able to pick our spots when streaming Trubisky. Against bottom-10 pass defenses, Trubisky has completed 67.5% of his passes for 8.0 yards per pass attempt compared to completing 61.6% of his passes for 5.8 Y/A otherwise.
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