Mitch Trubisky is showing off his leadership abilities, as he reportedly invited some of his teammates for some extra offseason work at his Florida home.
According to Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network, Trubisky invited the team’s pass-catchers, quarterbacks and running back Najee Harris to his Florida home this weekend to, “throw and hang out.”
The recently signed Steelers’ quarterback is the favorite to win the competition for the starting position that is set to take place in training camp in the fall, yet the fear of losing said competition didn’t stop him from reaching out to other quarterbacks Mason Rudolph and Dwyane Haskins. And it likely won’t stop him from reaching out to whatever quarterback gets taken by the Steelers in the NFL Draft later this month.
This report isn’t the first taste that the Steelers have gotten from Trubisky’s leadership ability as the quarterback reportedly played a factor in bringing new corner back Levi Wallace to the team from the Buffalo Bills. Wallace is expected to get significant playing time in the Steelers’ secondary after the team neglected to resign veteran Joe Haden this off-season.
Trubisky isn’t the front-runner solely on his leadership abilities though, as the quarterback was a former second overall pick by the Bears. The Bears traded two third-round picks and a fourth-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers in order to move up from third to second in the 2017 NFL Draft and selected Trubisky. He started four years in Chicago, making a Pro Bowl in 2018 after leading the Bears to the playoffs with an 11-3 record as a starter.
His competition includes at least two other players with decent pedigrees, as well. Haskins was a former first-round pick of the Washington Redskins but fell out of favor after one-and-a-half seasons of on-the-field and off-the-field issues. They will also be competing with Rudolph, who was drafted by the Steelers in the third round back in the 2017 draft and was reportedly given a first-round grade by the Steelers.