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Bears rookie QB Mitch Trubisky impresses in National Football League preseason debut

Bears rookie QB Mitch Trubisky impresses in National Football League preseason debut”

The family was thrilled Mitchell's National Football League destination city would be relatively close to their Mentor home.

The fourth-round pick did a little bit of everything on Thursday night - carrying the football and returning punts on special teams.

It was a dazzling performance by the Mentor graduate, especially his accuracy. All in all, it was not an impressive night for the second-year quarterback. Maybe he'll see more action against starters moving forward in the preseason. He started 10-for-10 passing.

The rookie quarterback had the opportunity to lead the Bears to a potential game tying drive with 1:52 left in the game. 2/8, 20 yards and an interception with a QB rating of 0.0. Trubisky padded the total by scrambling for 38 yards on runs of 16, 12 and 10 yards.

Chicago hasn't been to the playoffs since the 2010 season and invested plenty in the quarterback position this past offseason after drafting Trubisky with the No. 2 overall pick and signing Glennon.

Of major concern now is how Glennon and the first-team offense respond this week in practice and next week in Arizona. Glennon then served as Winston's backup for the following two years before declaring for free agency last spring.

But Trubisky's athleticism was evident as he moved out of the pocket. He misfired on just seven passes, and had several drops.

It wasn't all bad, however, as Lynch did make some nice throws, including an eight-yard scramble for a first down, and a couple of nice passes on slant routes to Jordan Taylor and Cody Latimer.

Siemian, the Broncos starting quarterback, overcame his own protection breakdowns to engineer a 10-play, 60-yard drive before settling for a Brandon McManus field goal on the Broncos' first offensive possession.

You can't forsee a night like Thursday. "I'm anxious to get out there on the field to show what I can do, mostly to prove to my teammates why I'm here". The confidence grew from there.

He looked in command of the offense, and hit veteran Victor Cruz on a 2-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds on the clock. It also surely allowed Trubisky to shake off any nervousness he might have been feeling. "I'll be excited", Trubisky said Tuesday.

"Every plan is a good plan until it isn't".

Here's something we didn't know: "I never really pass blocked in college (at Ashland)".



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