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How Many Yards Will Trubisky Pass for in 2017?

Whether you question why the Chicago Bears traded up one spot in the NFL draft to select Mitchell Trubisky is a moot point — the former UNC Tar Heel is the future. Trubisky has the luxury of sitting behind Mike Glennon for at least a couple of weeks before seeing regular-season action, unless Glennon is downright terrible in camp. That’s a good thing for the young signal-caller, who undoubtedly has a learning curve ahead of him and a terrible offense to work with.

There is no doubt at all that Trubisky has all the physical tools to be a legit starter but his one season of success in a school not known for producing quarterbacks is concerning. With plenty of question marks, online book Intertops has set Trubisky’s season total for passing yards at a modest 850.5 (-115/-115).

One would assume that the Bears go along with Glennon for at least the first half of the season. It was not that long ago that Glennon was a sought-after quarterback that teams saw potential in. Plus, the front office just signed him to a three-year, $45-million contract. Benching him would be a hard pill to swallow but if the Bears are struggling come their bye (Week 9), maybe you put the kid in.

Last season, the Bears averaged 248 passing yards per game. In theory, if Trubisky could replicate those numbers, he would surpass the 850-yard mark within four starts. However, the team’s receiver situation is anything but a sure thing and the tackle positions could use an upgrade.

If/when Trubisky steps behind center for his first regular-season snap is anyone’s guess. If all goes well, he will basically redshirt during his rookie season and spend the year learning. However, there is a possibility that Trubisky finds himself the Day 1 starter, which would probably spell disaster. The total of 850 passing yards is very easily surpassed if Trubisky gets the starts but you’re also banking on Glennon sucking a lot.

Mitchell Trubisky Regular-Season Passing Yards
  • OVER 850.5 Passing Yards -115
  • UNDER 850.5 Passing Yards -115
Odds as of May 31 at Intertops