Joniak: Trubisky Seeks 'Happy Medium' In Scrambling

Mitchell Trubisky rushed for 421 yards and 6.2 yards per carry in 2018. 

Jeff Joniak
August 22, 2019 - 5:00 pm

LAKE FOREST (WBBM Newsradio) -- The Bears continued their work with practice Thursday ahead of their preseason matchup at the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night. Here are the notes and observations of the day.

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-- It was "Trubisky Thursday," as Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky met the media for his weekly visit. As usual, his upbeat, positive nature came through in every answer. While he's tough on himself, Trubisky is wired to be a positive influence on his teammates.

-- Someone asked Trubisky if it’s "boring" to not play in the preseason games. "Playing football?" Trubisky said. "Are you crazy? I mean yeah, you want to play, but we get the opportunity in practice and we know we only have to wait a couple of more weeks and it’s going to fly by and be here before you know it ... (Sept. 5) will come around soon enough."

-- Trubisky is thinking about the matchup against the Packers to open the season. "I definitely have my eye on them," he said. Everyone does. Left tackle Charles Leno Jr. is using free moments to get a look at the Packers' new-look defense. "I’ve been thinking about it," Leno said. "I know they’ve got some guys, some rushers ... I might have them on cut-ups on my Ipad right now."

-- One of the big topics that Trubisky addressed Thursday was his ability to impact games with his legs. He rushed for 421 yards and 6.2 yards per carry in 2018. He also missed two games due to a right shoulder injury on a hit from Vikings safety Harrison Smith. "Sometimes last year, I took off when I didn’t need to and other times maybe I should have taken off but I didn’t," Trubisky said. "It’s playing in that happy medium."

-- Bears coach Matt Nagy has told Trubisky to use his strengths and just play. "If it is more, I don’t care," Nagy said. "If it is less, I don’t care. We are telling him to just play football. Don’t try to run more because now you don’t become a great passer. Don’t try to run more because now you don’t become a great passer. Don’t try to run less because now you don’t use your strength."

-- Trubisky and receiver Allen Robinson have found a rhythm and could become a dangerous pair. They're seeing the game through the same eyes, which is something Nagy always discusses. Robinson knows how to read coverages well. It's a significant asset in the toolbox of any great receiver.  "That separates the good wide receivers from the ones that become great," Nagy said. "He has that next-level awareness."

-- Nagy sees a maturing rookie in receiver Riley Ridley. "He's done a really good job of digesting everything," Nagy said. "He knows what he's doing. He has a great feel. When teams play zone coverage, he has a good feel of that. He has excellent ball skills." That's easy to see, as Ridley has flashed the traits to make him one of the intriguing new weapons for the Bears. 

-- Nagy mentioned his positions of interest to evaluate as the preseason continues: tight end, inside linebacker and cornerback.

-- Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks returned to practice Thursday after sitting with an oblique injury Wednesday. He's fine.

-- There's growing optimism that receiver Anthony Miller (ankle) could return to practice at some level next week.

Jeff Joniak is the play-by-play announcer for the Bears broadcasts on WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9 FM. Follow him on Twitter @JeffJoniak.