By R.L. Bynum
Could it be a battle between quarterbacks from Carolina and Duke for the New York Giants’ starting quarterback job?
That could be the case if reports are correct.
The Pro Football Network reported on Saturday that the Giants are pursuing free agent former North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Yahoo! NFL reporter Charles Robinson tweeted Tuesday that he had spoken with a team that’s part of the competitive battle to sign a backup quarterback. Robinson was told that they strongly believed that Trubisky will end up with the Giants, where he’d compete with former Duke quarterback Daniel Jones for the starting quarterback job.
Possibly adding credence to the report? Trubisky retweeted the below tweet.
With Josh Allen entrenched as Buffalo’s quarterback, Trubisky only played in mop-up duty last season, connecting on 6 of 8 passes for 43 yards and an interception in six games while rushing for 24 yards and a touchdown.
There are other teams likely vying for his services, though. Rich Eisen predicted on his show Monday that Trubisky might be in line for a big free-agent deal.
It wouldn’t be the first time he battled another former ACC quarterback from a Triangle school for playing time.
Former N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon began the 2017 season as the Bears’ starting quarterback but got benched in favor of Trubisky by Week 5.
Trubisky’s best season was with Chicago in 2018 when he threw for 3,223 yards and 24 touchdowns against 12 interceptions.
Trubisky got benched for Nick Foles in Week 3 of the 2020 season but regained the starting spot when Foles got injured. Trubisky ended up throwing for 2,055 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
After throwing for 3,748 yards as a junior at Carolina in 2016, the Bears made him the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
It’s an exciting time with Trubisky and his wife expecting their first child.