Mitch Trubisky

Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterback #10
Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterback #10

Mitch Trubisky News

Finishes 2022 campaign as backup

Trubisky appeared in seven games during the 2022 season and completed 65.0 percent of his pass attempts for 1,252 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing 19 times for 38 yards and two touchdowns.

Analysis: Trubisky began his first season with the Steelers as the starting quarterback but was replaced by Kenny Pickett during the team's Week 4 loss to the Jets. While Trubisky appeared in three games later in the year to fill in when Pickett was hurt, the rookie first-rounder was used as the starter when healthy and led the Steelers to a winning record. Trubisky signed a two-year contract with Pittsburgh in March of 2022 and will likely serve in a backup capacity next year unless the Steelers elect to move on during the offseason.

Jan 9, 2023 12:07 PM EST

Back to backup role

Trubisky is set to serve as the No. 2 quarterback behind Kenny Pickett in Saturday's game against the Raiders after Pickett cleared the NFL's five-step concussion protocol Monday and resumed practicing fully this week, Dale Lolley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Despite struggling in relief of a concussed Pickett in the Steelers' Week 14 loss to the Ravens, Trubisky drew the starting assignment over No. 3 quarterback Mason Rudolph while Pickett remained in the protocol for this past week's game against the Panthers. Though Trubisky was believed to be on a short leash entering the contest, he ended up playing every snap on offense and served as an effective game manager in the 24-16 win over Carolina, completing 17 of 22 pass attempts for 179 yards while rushing for a score and committing no turnovers. The performance won't be enough for Trubisky to remain the starter now that Pickett is healthy again, but it should allow Trubisky to stick ahead of Rudolph on the depth chart for further notice.

Dec 22, 2022 1:10 PM EST

Leads road win

Trubisky completed 17 of 22 passes for 179 yards in Sunday's 24-16 win over the Panthers. He also rushed six times for nine yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Trubisky led the Steelers to a road victory while getting the nod over Mason Rudolph to replace injured starter Kenny Pickett (concussion). Along with connecting with top wideout Diontae Johnson for a season-high 10 catches, Trubisky added a scoring punch with quarterback sneak during the third quarter. Despite his serviceable performance Sunday, Trubisky would figure to return to the sideline should Pickett be cleared for Week 16's game versus the Raiders.

Dec 18, 2022 1:49 PM EST

Likely on short leash Sunday

Trubisky will start Sunday's game against the Panthers, but he could have a short leash if he struggles early on during the contest, sources tell Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Analysis: Though he'll pick up his first start since Week 4 with rookie Kenny Pickett (concussion) ruled out in advance of Sunday's contest, Trubisky doesn't look as though he'll have much margin for error. After coming on in relief of the concussed Pickett in last week's 16-14 loss to the Ravens, Trubisky completed 22 of 30 pass attempts for 276 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions while also taking a sack. With Pickett sidelined in practice throughout the week, Trubisky split first-team reps Wednesday through Friday with Mason Rudolph before head coach Mike Tomlin named Trubisky the Week 15 starter following Friday's session. Rudolph has been the Steelers' third-string quarterback all season, but he'll dress as the backup Sunday and should be prepared to step in if Trubisky puts the Steelers in an early hole.

Dec 18, 2022 6:02 AM EST

Confirmed as Week 15 starter

Trubisky will start Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Analysis: With Kenny Pickett (concussion) downgraded to out Saturday, Trubisky has been confirmed as Sunday's starter, which sets the stage for Mason Rudolph to serve as the team's No. 2 QB versus Carolina. In that context, Trubisky -- who started the Steelers' first four games of the season -- represents a Week 15 lineup option for those in QB-heavy leagues or who are otherwise scrambling for a short-term option at the position.

Dec 17, 2022 10:09 AM EST

Expected to start Sunday

Trubisky is expected to start Sunday's game against the Panthers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: With Kenny Pickett listed as doubtful and still in the NFL's concussion protocol, Trubisky is expected to get the starting nod Sunday rather than Mason Rudolph, who he had been splitting practice reps with. Trubisky thus provides those scrambling for QB help in Week 15 with a lineup option, while Pickett will look to gain clearance to play in Week 16 against Las Vegas.

Dec 17, 2022 9:05 AM EST

Option to start Sunday

Coach Mike Tomlin said Friday that he won't make a decision on the Steelers' starting quarterback between Trubisky and Mason Rudolph for Sunday's game at Carolina until Saturday with Kenny Pickett (concussion) doubtful to play, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Trubisky subbed in for Pickett after the latter entered the concussion protocol last Sunday against the Ravens, completing 22 of 30 passes for 276 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in a 16-14 loss. While the performance was mistake-prone, Trubisky also posted an efficient 9.2 yards per attempt on the backs of three completions of 20-plus yards. Trubisky and Rudolph split first-team reps in practice all week, so Tomlin seemingly has all the info he needs to make a call between the two, but it won't be known until some point Saturday. Whoever gets the nod will be facing the Panthers' 15th-ranked pass defense (214.7 yards per game).

Dec 16, 2022 2:14 PM EST

Three picks in relief

Trubisky completed 22 of 30 passes for 276 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in Sunday's 16-14 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Trubisky entered the game in relief of Kenny Pickett (concussion) late in the first quarter. While he put up plenty of yardage, Trubisky doomed the Steelers to a loss with an ugly three-interception performance -- two of which occurred deep in Baltimore territory. While Trubisky won't be fantasy relevant in most traditional formats, he could provide a boost to Diontae Johnson, George Pickens and Pat Freiermuth if Pickett is unable to return in time for a Week 15 matchup against the Panthers.

Dec 11, 2022 8:18 PM EST

Effective in replacement role

Trubisky completed nine of 12 pass attempts for 144 yards and a touchdown while rushing six times for five yards during the Steelers' 20-18 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Trubisky served as a backup for a second consecutive week but was needed in relief when Kenny Pickett exited with a concussion midway through the third quarter. After struggling with inefficiency earlier in the season, Trubisky was strong down the stretch to help lead Pittsburgh to its second win of the 2022 campaign. It wouldn't be surprising to see Pickett reclaim his starting role once he's deemed fully healthy, but Trubisky should serve as the Steelers' starting quarterback next Sunday against Miami if Pickett is unable to clear the league's concussion protocol in time for the game.

Oct 16, 2022 1:14 PM EST

Demoted to No. 2 role

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Tuesday that Trubisky will serve as the team's backup quarterback Week 5 in Buffalo while Kenny Pickett takes over as the starter, Dale Lolley of reports.

Analysis: The writing was on the wall for Trubisky's demotion to the No. 2 role after he was benched for the second half of Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Jets, with Pickett stepping in to engineer two scoring drives to give the Steelers a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter that the team ultimately couldn't maintain. Even though Pickett threw three interceptions on the afternoon, he completed his other 10 passes for 120 yards in addition to scoring twice on the ground, and the spark he provided was enough for the Steelers to move the rookie first-round pick into the starting role. While playing every snap on offense in the Steelers' first three and a half games of the season, Trubisky guided the team to a 1-2 record and completed only 59.5 percent of his throws for 5.6 yards per attempt.

Oct 4, 2022 9:14 AM EST

Replaced by Pickett in Week 4

Trubisky completed seven of 13 pass attempts for 84 yards, no touchdowns and an interception while rushing once for one yard during the Steelers' 24-20 loss to the Jets on Sunday.

Analysis: Trubisky had an inefficient first half during Sunday's matchup, and the Steelers trailed 10-6 at halftime. As a result, the team turned to rookie Kenny Pickett at quarterback to begin the second half. Pickett threw three interceptions, but he had 120 passing yards while tallying two rushing touchdowns as the Steelers nearly secured a comeback win. Trubisky has failed to propel the Steelers' offense much over the first four weeks of the season, so it certainly seems possible that he'll have to settle for a backup role moving forward.

Oct 2, 2022 1:28 PM EST

Scores rushing TD in loss

Trubisky completed 20 of 32 passes for 207 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and rushed twice for seven yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' 29-17 loss to the Brows on Thursday night.

Analysis: The Steelers' lackluster offensive performance will once again be the subject of plenty of scrutiny, but Trubisky actually turned in his most efficient performance yet in a Steelers uniform. The 2017 second overall pick showed impressive chemistry with Diontae Johnson once again while connecting with him for eight completions and 84 yards, and he hit six different targets on the night overall. Trubisky looked effective running the no-huddle offense in the first half as well, and he notched a completion of at least 20 yards to each of Chase Claypool, George Pickens and Pat Freiermuth, an encouraging sign that may be evidence the veteran signal-caller is getting more comfortable in the offense. Trubisky and his pass catchers will now have some extra time to continue getting in sync ahead of a Week 4 home matchup against the Jets a week from Sunday.

Sep 22, 2022 9:04 PM EST

Limited production against Patriots

Trubisky completed 21 of 33 pass attempts for 168 yards, a touchdown and an interception while rushing once for seven yards during Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Trubisky was efficient during the preseason, but he hasn't had the same kind of success over the Steelers' first two games in the regular season. He's completed just 59.2 percent of his pass attempts and has been held under 200 yards in each of his first two games with Pittsburgh. Although the Steelers won their regular-season opener and were competitive against New England, they'll need more production from Trubisky if they hope to contend in the talented AFC North this season. The team will have a short week prior to Thursday's Week 3 matchup in Cleveland.

Sep 18, 2022 1:08 PM EST

Rough debut with new team

Trubisky completed 21-of-38 pass attempts for 194 yards and one touchdown against Cincinnati on Sunday.

Analysis: No turnovers is a good thing, but Trubisky was unacceptably ineffective as a passer in this game, making for memorably ugly tape as he repeatedly missed opportunities and made inaccurate throws the few times he did recognize a passing opportunity. If the Steelers mean to be competitive in 2022 then they'll need Trubisky to play better going forward. They play at home against a reeling New England squad in Week 2.

Sep 11, 2022 3:16 PM EST

Appointed to starting role

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced that Trubisky will open the season as the team's starting quarterback Sunday in Cincinnati.

Analysis: All signs had been pointing to Trubisky beginning the season as the team's starter for a while. After he started each of the Steelers' three preseason games, Trubisky was then named a team captain and was listed atop the team's initial Week 1 depth chart released Monday. Tomlin went on to confirm that rookie Kenny Pickett will begin the season as the Steelers' No. 2 quarterback, and his first-round pedigree and impressive preseason could mean that Trubisky may have a short leash for the starting role if he struggles early on during the season. For his part, Trubisky performed efficiently in the Steelers' Aug. 28 preseason finale, completing 15 of 19 pass attempts for 160 yards and a touchdown.

Sep 6, 2022 9:12 AM EST

Listed as starter on initial depth chart

Trubisky is listed first at quarterback on the Steelers' initial regular season depth chart, followed by Mason Rudolph and Kenny Pickett, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: At this stage, coach Mike Tomlin hasn't made any official announcement on the team's Week 1 starting QB, but it looks like Trubisky is trending toward getting the nod Sunday against the Bengals. Per James Palmer of NFL Network, Tomlin is scheduled to do his weekly news conference Tuesday, at which point it's possible he'll officially confirm Pittsburgh's QB pecking order.

Sep 5, 2022 1:13 PM EST

No decision on starting QB yet

Trubisky started Sunday's preseason finale against the Lions, but head coach Mike Tomlin stated after the game that he will not make a decision on who will start until Sept. 11.

Analysis: Trubisky started the Steelers' final preseason game with the first unit, completing 15 of 19 pass attempts for 160 yards and a touchdown. The 28-year-old has put together a strong preseason despite carrying a bust label from his time in Chicago. That said, rookie Kenny Pickett has been just as impressive, if not more, given his lack of pro experience. While Trubisky's experience and strong results on the field this preseason would bode well for his chances to win this fierce quarterback competition, Tomlin's firm stance on not making a decision until next Sunday makes both signal callers even riskier as Week 1 starting options in fantasy.

Aug 28, 2022 5:34 PM EST

Draws Sunday start

Coach Mike Tomlin relayed that Trubisky will start Sunday's preseason finale against the Lions.

Analysis: Per Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site, Trubisky will be followed in the contest by Kenny Pickett and Mason Rudolph. At this stage, the team has yet to declare a Week 1 starting QB, but Trubisky has been viewed as the favorite on that front. That said, Pickett -- the No. 20 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft -- remains a threat to overtake his veteran counterpart at some point and how the two fare in Sunday's action could well add some intrigue to the competition.

Aug 26, 2022 9:59 AM EST

Confirms no QB announcement

Trubisky confirmed to reporters that there's been no official announcement of the Steelers' starting quarterback, Chris Halicke of reports.

Analysis: Trubisky started the first two preseason games and reportedly has dominated reps with the starters in practice, but it's possible he's facing a late challenge from Kenny Pickett, who has completed 19 of 22 passes for 171 yards and three TDs in exhibitions. Pickett even got some work with the first-string offense after Trubisky was pulled from the second preseason game, throwing for 63 yards and a TD in the final minute of the first half. Trubisky also has good numbers this preseason -- 9-of-15 passing for 123 yards and a TD -- and remains the favorite to start Week 1, but Pickett's excellent preseason does increase the veteran's risk of losing the starting job if he struggles in-season. Trubisky did say he expects to start Pittsburgh's final preseason game Sunday against the Lions, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Aug 24, 2022 7:42 AM EST

Sidetracked by pressure

Trubisky completed five of eight passes for 60 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Jaguars. He also rushed for 10 yards.

Analysis: Trubisky wasn't as efficient as he was in his debut with the Steelers, but he wasn't afforded much time to throw. He escaped from pressure on several occasions, including one instance where he scrambled for a 10-yard gain. While the performance wasn't impressive overall, Trubisky did connect with Chase Claypool for a 29-yard gain. Though Kenny Pickett posted a more impressive stat line, Trubisky is still the likely starter for Week 1 against the Bengals.

Aug 20, 2022 8:54 PM EST

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