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Fantasy Football Reaction: Pittsburgh Steelers sign QB Mitch Trubisky

Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) runs for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers have at least attempted to solve their hole under center, signing former Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills QB Mitchell Trubisky to a two-year deal.

Here’s a little secret: Trubisky was actually a pretty solid fantasy quarterback during a large chunk of 2018. Overall, he ripped off fantasy QB1 (x2), QB2, QB5 and QB9 finishes between Weeks 1-11 before suffering a shoulder bruise. The overall QB7 during this stretch, Trubisky averaged a robust 36.3 rushing yards per game and racked up three performances with over 300 passing yards *and* three scores.

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The 2017 NFL Draft’s No. 2 overall pick clearly regressed in 2019 and 2020, but there’s a case to be made that he managed to make the most out of a fairly awful situation. Trubisky's first season was largely lost with the John Fox-led Bears in a similar manner as Jared Goff and Trevor Lawrence. His 2018 campaign produced some aforementioned prolificness and notably included a Bears offense that ranked inside the league's top-12 offenses in percentage of receivers considered open on a per-route basis. Trubisky certainly deserves plenty of blame for 2019's dropoff in performance with his receivers repeating their top-12 open-route rank, but 2020 (24th) and 2021 (32nd) revealed that head coach Matt Nagy and the surrounding talent available might have been the larger problem.

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