5 signs of growth from Mitch Trubisky

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JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 27: Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears scores a touchdown during the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on December 27, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /

More Scrambles

A lot of things frustrated in 2019, but Mitch Trubisky bailing on his legs as a threat was arguably the most annoying. We have seen him run with success, and then boom, nothing.

Trubisky has not lit the world on fire in the past month, but his increase in scrambles has at least earned more respect from the defense.

Last year, Trubisky averaged 1.5 scrambles per game and ripped off 8 scramble yards per attempt. In total, he had 0.8 first downs per scramble as well.

However, those numbers were actually boosted up by the Dallas game that many remember. Trubisky played arguably the best of his career and was a huge threat on the ground. If you remove that late-season game, he has 1.4 scrambles per game, for 6.4 yards and 0.5 first downs. Considering that Dallas game was such a one-off in that season, those numbers maybe more telling.

They also show contrast from his recent play. After 15 games with 1.4 scrambles per game, he is up to 2.2 scrambles in the past five weeks. On those, he has created 12.8 yards per scramble, and 1.2 first downs per scramble. That is nearly 0.7 scrambles for 6 yards and 0.8 first downs more.

Trubisky does not need to be Lamar Jackson, but the threat freezes defenders, and as shown recently it has helped move the chains a few times per game.