The 2021 offseason was the first time Mitch Trubisky was able to experience free agency and it wasn't anything like he expected.
His plan was to go to a place where he could compete to be the starting quarterback, but he couldn't find the right situation. He then looked for the next best thing which turned out to be Buffalo. Trubisky was looking for a place that he felt wanted and now that he's here, the quarterback feels right where he's supposed to be.
"I think I'm very well prepared for the role that I have this season," Trubisky said. "Just continuing to learn the offense and build chemistry with the guys, the ones, twos, and the threes, whoever's out there. Just continue to be a great teammate and push these guys and you just always have to be ready in the role I'm in."
The Trubisky signing was a win-win for the team and the player. The Bills were able to add valuable depth to the quarterback position and Trubisky can take a year to work on himself and his game. Trubisky will be able to lean on talented quarterbacks and coaches while in Buffalo to ask questions and seek advice. When he was signed earlier this spring, general manager Brandon Beane knew that Trubisky had found a good home, at least for this season.
"This is a reset for him," Beane said back in March. "We don't expect him to be here long-term, and this is a kind of a one-year thing. Probably not in his plans when he was drafted where he was, but we hope it's a great reset for him. Sean will make you be the best version of yourself here in Buffalo. Then hopefully in a year, he'll get a chance to go back and land a nice contract and a starting job somewhere. We have no doubt that that'll happen but we're excited to add him here in the mix."
Trubisky was pleased to hear Beane say that about him. He knows that there is a lot he can learn this season and is grateful to the Bills for giving him this opportunity.
"I think hearing him say that gives me confidence because he believes I am a starting-caliber quarterback," Trubisky said. "I believe that as well, so you never know what's going to happen but I'm here to stay in the moment. Just give everything I can to this team and my teammates and be the best teammate and player I can be. Continue to progress in honing my skills so I feel like I'm in the right place and we'll get to that next year. Right now I'm just lucky to be a part of this team. I'm looking forward to a really great year with the Bills."
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Throughout the offseason and training camp, Trubisky has seemed to fit in quite well with the other quarterbacks in the room. He has one more year of experience than Josh Allen and the two have both been learning different things from each other. Allen is certainly happy to have him on the team.
"Mitch has been awesome," Allen said earlier in training camp. "He's quickly developed into one of my good friends. He comes in with a great attitude every day and he's working his tail off and he's not afraid to ask questions about the offense. He's here to help this team win in whatever that way may be."
Fellow quarterback Davis Webb has also seen that in Trubisky. Webb is the third-string quarterback but is more like a player-coach. Webb has made it known that he wants to get into coaching when he can't play quarterback anymore. Trubisky will also be able to learn a lot from Webb during his time in Buffalo. Webb thinks that Trubisky's experience will bring a lot to the quarterback room.
"It's always good to have a guy in the room that has played a lot," Webb said. "And we have two guys that have, and two younger guys who haven't. So, it's kind of a good mix and match. He brings a lot of experience. He's a great dude. He's fun to compete with. He plays Catan now, so he's getting in the groove of the room."
Trubisky has been sharp throughout Bills training camp, and he has been making the wide receivers better every day. Not many second-team players around the league have an opportunity to practice with a quarterback like Trubisky. Stefon Diggs hasn't taken too many reps with him, but he likes what he sees from Trubisky at practice.
"He's definitely a professional," Diggs said. "You can see that he was a starting quarterback in this league. … I feel like he's done his job to the best of his ability with the reps that he's been given. I haven't thrown with him too much but when I am out there with him, I definitely feel his presence and he handles himself extremely well."
Additional training camp notes ...
DE Jerry Hughes was activated from the NFI list
LB Marquel Lee was placed on the Reserve/COVID list
WR Stefon Diggs (knee), DT Vernon Butler (concussion), OT Forrest Lamp (calf), RB Zack Moss (hamstring) and WR Duke Williams (hamstring) did not practice on Tuesday.