While he showed flashes of solid quarterbacking talent, Mitch Trubisky got off to an inauspicious start with the Chicago Bears on Saturday.
Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, fumbled three of six snaps during one sequence in a drill at the first padded practice of training camp, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
After his first successful exchange with the center, Trubisky was given a patronizing round of applause from the Bears fans at Olivet Nazarene University.
Cutler, who came out of retirement Monday to sign a one-year contract worth $10 million, previously worked with Gase during the 2015 season with the Bears and immediately was rumored to be heading to Miami after news broke of Ryan Tannehill’s left knee injury. Although Cutler underwent surgery in December to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder suffered last season, Gase doesn’t think his playing abilities will be affected.
After watching him last year, I saw the same stuff, Gase said. He got injured and decided to move on they decided to move on from him. He stepped away for a minute, but I feel good about where he was at the last couple of years and feel good about how he fits with us.
Cutler posted a career-high 92.3 passer rating as he threw for 3,659 yards and 21 touchdowns with 11 interceptions in 2015 while Gase served as the Bears offensive coordinator. Although Matt Moore will run the offense in the team’s first preseason game Thursday against the Falcons, Cutler likely will take over once he feels up to speed with his new team.