With Kenny Pickett having recently undergone surgery for his right ankle, Trubisky will be tested as he goes against a Patriots team desperate to end its losing streak. It's also another chance for the seven-year veteran to prove the naysayers wrong.
“We're trying to score points. I'm going to be aggressive. I’m going to take care of the football, and we've got to play better as an offense. We're going against a good defense this week that is well-coached. So, we’ve got to do our job and execute,” Trubisky said, via Pro Football Talk.
Drafted second overall by the Chicago Bears back in 2017, Trubisky has often been labeled as a “bust.” After a subpar rookie season, he showed promise the following year, being named to the Pro Bowl and leading the Bears to a winning season. However, things fell off in 2018 as a rift between Trubisky and then head coach Matt Nagy grew, in addition to the former's struggles. After being benched in his fourth year in favor of Nick Foles, Trubisky signed with the Buffalo Bills before moving on to the Steelers, mostly seeing action as a backup.
When asked if he views the upcoming game as a chance to perform in front of everyone who's written him off, Trubisky kept it simple: “Every time you get on the field, it's a great opportunity so I'm looking forward to this for sure.”
The 29-year-old also emphasized how he continues to put in the work on a daily basis. “I truly believe that work ethic takes you a long way in this world. Being the best teammate and player you can be, I just try to show up every day, do the best I can and help this team and work as hard as I can.”
It might take some time before Mitch Trubisky can fully turn his career around, but Thursday could be a start.