Steelers teammates agree: Quarterback Mitch Trubesky is a ‘fantastic guy’

It’s a widespread school of thought among those who follow the Pittsburgh Steelers: Mitch Trubesky is – or at least should be – embellished as the team he signed as a free agent in March turned around and drafted another quarterback in the first round the following month.

On the day he completed an entire spring and summer of off-season training with his new teammates, Trubesky made it clear he had no such ill will toward the Steelers to draft Kenny Beckett.

“I feel very fortunate and very fortunate to have landed here in Pittsburgh,” Trubesky offered, unsolicited, after the final small-camp training session on Thursday. “I’m happy to be here with these guys and this team, the coaching staff and everyone (including) the city and the fans, so I feel in a very lucky position and I’m excited about this opportunity.”

The returns, of course, are early. The team won’t meet again for seven weeks, won’t play a pre-season game for more than two months and won’t open their regular season until 9/11. But, to borrow a phrase used by coach Mike Tomlin on an unrelated matter of the week, Trubisky’s honeymoon period for the Steelers is being answered by his teammates toward the supposed new quarterback.

“He’s an amazing guy,” said Chase Claypool. “He’s easy to deal with, easy to talk to, and he’s very forgiving in regards to if I make a mistake he doesn’t really care. Move on to the next play.

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

Less than three months after joining the Steelers on Day One Free Agents can negotiate with NFL clubs, Trubisky – for now at least – is firmly anchored above the depth-of-centre scheme for a team that charts its future after Ben Roethlisberger. That was Tomlin’s design, offensive coordinator Matt Canada said earlier this week, and in the two weeks of organized team activities and three small camp sessions this week, Trubisky hasn’t lost his role in QB1.

Claypool referred to Trubesky’s behavior around the offense as “smooth…smooth” and “quite cool.”

“When the guy who’s throwing you the ball[is one of the guys]you’re laughing and joking…in the locker room and stuff, it just makes everything go smoother,” Claypool said.

This social, calm, and friendly demeanor extends even to Beckett, the player most people would assume would eventually take Trubsky’s starting point.

The former Pete star has repeatedly noted his appreciation for the mentorship he receives from Trubisky and fellow veteran Mason Rudolph. Beckett said he plans to take Trubisky on his open show to spend time at his Florida home during the break between now and July 26 for training camp in St. Vincent.

“We actually talked about getting together there, training and hanging out,” Beckett said. “I definitely want to use these guys (Trubesky and Rudolph), they are great teammates, as a resource and help me learn. I can’t say enough great things about what they were.”

Kind of like how Trubisky can’t say enough good things about his new teammates. On Thursday, he said “there is no telling how far this crime could go” after defending how well the unit got along during the small camp.

“Part of me wishes we could still go next week,” Trubesky said. “We have some time, so we have to take care of our bodies and get ready for boot camp. But it’s been a lot of fun, especially in the last couple of years when OTAs with covid looked different, being at home, being virtual. So, being together, being able to build that chemistry and being around guys and having fun. In the field, it’s over. But I’m satisfied with the work we’ve put in so far.”

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Chris Adamsky is a Tribune Review writer. You can contact Chris via email at cadamski@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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