By R.L. Bynum
A year after being the Buffalo Bills’ backup, the Pittsburgh Steelers have indicated that Mitch Trubisky will be their starting quarterback for Sunday’s opener at Cincinnati and named him as one of five captains.
Coach Mike Tomlin didn’t announce his starter. But Trubisky is listed as the starter on the Steelers’ depth chart released Monday, with former University of Pittsburgh star Kenny Pickett as the backup and Mason Randolph third string.
“You can assume anything you want,” Trubisky said with a grin. “The announcement will come out when it has to come out, but you’re not going to hear it from me. We’re just going to go about our business.”
There is a lot of pressure on Trubisky because he is replacing legendary Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
The former Carolina star, the Chicago Bears’ No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft, signed a two-year contract with Pittsburgh in the offseason. He is 29–21 in 50 career starts, all during his four seasons with the Bears. He also started two playoff losses for the Bears.
“It’s a tremendous honor,” he said of being named captain. “Anytime you’re voted by your peers and your teammates, it obviously means a lot. I just try to come in here and lead by example and earn the trust of my teammates.”
Trubisky has completed 1,016 of 1,585 career passes for 10,652 yards, 64 touchdowns and 38 interceptions. With Buffalo last season, he was 6 of 8 for 75 yards, no TDs and 1 INT.
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