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Steelers teammates agree: Quarterback Mitch Trubisky ‘an awesome guy’

It is a widely-held school of thought among those who follow the Pittsburgh Steelers: Mitch Trubisky is —– or, at least, should be — ornery because the team he signed with as a free agent in March turned around and drafted another quarterback in the first round the following month.

On the day he completed a full spring and summer of offseason workouts with his new teammates, Trubisky made it clear he carries no such ill will toward the Steelers for drafting Kenny Pickett.

“I just feel very fortunate and lucky that I landed here in Pittsburgh,” Trubisky offered, unsolicited, after the final minicamp practice session Thursday. “I am happy to be here with these guys and this team, (the) coaching staff and everyone (including) the city and the fans, so I feel like I am in a very fortunate situation and I am excited for the opportunity.”

The returns, of course, are early. The team won’t reconvene for seven weeks, won’t play a preseason game for more than two months and doesn’t open its regular season until Sept. 11. But, to borrow a phrase coach Mike Tomlin used for an unrelated matter this week, the honeymoon period Trubisky is feeling toward the Steelers is being reciprocated by his teammates toward their presumed new starting quarterback.

“He’s an awesome guy,” starting wide receiver Chase Claypool said. “He’s easy to get along with, easy to talk to, and he’s very forgiving in terms of if you make a mistake he doesn’t really care. He moves on to the next play.

“He always comes into the building with a smile on his face, and he’s never in a bad mood. It’s just easier to get along with him and understand who he is as a person.”

Less than three months after joining the Steelers on the first day free agents could negotiate with NFL clubs, Trubisky is — for now, at least — firmly entrenched atop the depth chart at quarterback for a team charting its post-Ben Roethlisberger future. Offensive coordinator Matt Canada said earlier this week that was by Tomlin’s design, and through two weeks of organized team activities and the three minicamp sessions this week, Trubisky never forfeited his role as QB1.

Claypool referenced Trubisky’s comportment around the offense as “fluid … smooth” and “super cool.”

“When it’s the guy who is throwing you the ball (is one with whom) you guys are laughing and joking … in the locker room and stuff, it just makes everything more loose,” Claypool said.

That gregarious, laid-back and approachable demeanor extends even to Pickett, the player for whom most presume will eventually take Trubisky’s starting spot.

The former Pitt star repeatedly has remarked about his appreciation of the mentoring he receives from Trubisky and fellow veteran Mason Rudolph. Pickett said he plans on taking Trubisky up on his open offer to spend time at his home in Florida over the break between now and the July 26 reporting date for training camp at Saint Vincent.

“We already talked about meeting up down there, training and hanging out,” Pickett said. “I definitely want to use those guys (Trubisky and Rudolph), they are great teammates, as a resource and to help me learn. I can’t say enough great things about how they have been.”

Kind of like how Trubisky can’t say enough good things about his new teammates. Thursday, he said “there’s no telling how far this offense can go” after gushing about how well the unit meshed during minicamp.

“A part of me wishes we were still going next week,” Trubisky said. “We’ve got some time off, so we have to take care of our bodies and get ready for training camp. But it was a lot of fun, especially the last couple years when OTAs with covid have looked different, being at home, being virtual. So being together, being able to build that chemistry and be around the guys and have fun on the field like that, it’s bittersweet it’s over. But I feel good about the work we put in so far.”

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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at cadamski@triblive.com or via Twitter .


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