Bears Open Veteran Minicamp
The Chicago Bears opened veteran minicamp on Tuesday with the first of a three-day voluntary workout with a new coach, a new offensive system, and a new mindset.
New head coach Matt Nagy spoke with the media following Tuesday’s practice, where he dished on second year QB Mitchell Trubisky’s first day in this new offense.
“I just got done talking to Mitch just a little bit ago, pulled him to the side and just told him really how amazed I was at how he got through this first day,” Nagy told reporters. “He was impressive. I don’t want to put too much on him. But at the same time, he needs to understand that was pretty good what just happened.”
Trubisky is entering his second season, now as the undisputed starting quarterback of this football team. He spent the offseason training with Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, as well as put in the work learning this new system starting April 3. And Nagy loves what he sees.
“He’s put in a lot of hard work trying to understand this offense since he’s been here. You’ve got other guys who have been part of this system, like Chase [Daniel], like Trey Burton and Tyler Bray that know the terminology and are going to help. Mitch is a very smart kid. He’s intelligent, very driven, motivated. A lot of the things we talk about as a team, he has. For him to be our quarterback and to have those traits, it’s hard not to smile.”
Running back Jordan Howard and defensive end Akiem Hicks also spoke with the media:
“Just his personality, you can just tell he has the ‘it’ factor,” Howard said of Trubisky. “He wants to push everybody. He wants to be that guy. He just has it.
“He’s excited about the offense. He’s just excited to get back out there and show what he can really do. His rookie year he was just going out there learning, but now he’s ready to take over.”
Hicks said that Trubisky is “a little more vibrant in the locker room” and “his voice is a little bit more heard.”
“Last year, [he didn’t really know] what the NFL is like,” Hicks continued. “I think that this year he has a firm grasp on who he has to be for our team to be successful.”