5 signs of growth from Mitch Trubisky

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Getting the Ball out Quick

This is an extension of him playing within the offense and not throwing the ball downfield, and off-script. In the first three weeks of the season Trubisky had 2.77 seconds between snap and pass, per PFF. That was one of the longer rates in the NFL, as he waited and waited for things to get open.

However, since being benched that number is down to 2.41, one of the quicker releases in the NFL. It helps when short passes are more prevalent, but also when he is more decisive with the football.

To be fair, Trubisky was holding the ball longer than usual to start in 2020. In 2019, that number was 2.5 and in 2018, it was 2.48. Still, while he is getting the ball out slightly quicker the big difference are the results.

Last year, he had 9 touchdowns to four interceptions with a 69% completion rate when getting the ball out under 2.5 seconds. In the past five weeks he has a 75% completion rate to go with eight touchdowns and one interception.

That is right, he has almost as many touchdowns due to quick passing in the past five weeks as he does in 16 games of 2019.

This shows in yards after the catch as well. For his career, Trubisky sees 4.7 yards after the catch per reception from his pass catchers. That number is up to 5.8 over the past five weeks. Trubisky is more accurate, and getting the ball out quicker, which gives his team more room to run.