The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)
Trubisky gets fresh start as backup QB in Buffalo
No longer wanted in Chicago, Mitchell Trubisky isn’t dwelling on his past.
He’s also not looking too far into the future, when he could get another chance to compete for a starting quarterback job in the NFL.
For now, Trubisky is settling into his new role as the No. 2 quarterback in Buffalo behind Josh Allen, which Trubisky says has been an unexpected but welcome reset button for his career.
“The game feels a lot more pure than it did the last couple years,” Trubisky said. “It feels a lot more fun and I’m getting that love for the game back . ... I’m just happy here.”
He’ll get a chance to showcase his progress this Saturday when he makes his return to Chicago. With the Bills keeping Allen on the sideline during preseason action for precautionary reasons, Trubisky will get the start against his former team.
“It’ll be weird going back there,” Trubisky said. “But I’m looking forward to it.”
This was not the role Trubisky was aiming for at the start of the offseason. Following a turbulent four-year stint with the Bears — which included both a trip to the Pro Bowl and his eventual demotion — the second overall pick in 2017 was expecting his share of suitors in free agency.
That didn’t happen.
“Not as many options as you think,” Trubisky said. “It was a
very interesting free agency process for me. At first I wanted to go to a spot where I would be able to compete for a starting position, but the right situation didn’t come up.
“And that opportunity really wasn’t there. So I looked at the next-best thing, where I could continue to develop and continue to progress and become a better player and a person, and fell into this organization. And I loved it ever since coming to Buffalo.”
Describing the transition to his new role as “humbling,” Trubisky has nonetheless embraced his role as a backup. He instantly hit it off with Allen, who is the face of the franchise after a breakout 2020 season.