Mitchell Trubisky is tired of it all.
The Chicago quarterback has no use for the critics. And when it comes to social media Antti Niemi Jersey , he's taking a breather, too.
All Trubisky wants is to start training camp and see just how far the Bears can go in his second season after finishing last in the NFC North the past four years.
They came into their first practice Friday believing they are in a better position after a busy offseason. Whether they deliver largely hinges on the guy behind center.
"I'm tired of all the doubts, all the comparisons," Trubisky said. "I don't really pay attention to that. I'm tired of waiting. I'm just excited camp is here and we'll see what we can do for Year 2. So all of that stuff, I can't control none of that. All I can do is control my attitude and my effort and go out there and play the game the way I know how."
Don't ask him about the improvements Carson Wentz and Jared Goff made from Year 1 to Year 2 last season. Trubisky isn't all that interested.
The same goes for any outside critiques and distractions, so he's taking a break from social media.
"(I'm) going Zero Dark 10," he said, referencing his jersey number.
Trubisky, who hasn't posted on Twitter since July 2, said he and guard Kyle Long decided to lay off social media and focus on football, instead.
"I'm trying to put all my focus and energy into this game and what I have to do," he said. "And whatever anyone else says on the outside, whether it be positive or negative or hype or just trying to tear me down, it really doesn't matter to me. I know who I am, I know what kind of player I can be, I know my role on this team so that's really what I'm looking forward to prove to myself and my team."
Trubisky said he read a few too many comments from people who didn't know what they were talking about. He saw no reason to "let that enter my head Jakub Vrana Jersey ," so he decided to block it out completely.
"For me it's just eliminating distractions and putting all my time and effort into what's important," he said.
As Trubisky goes, so probably go the Bears.
General manager Ryan Pace went all in when he traded up a spot with San Francisco to draft him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2017, staking his reputation to a quarterback with just 13 starts at North Carolina. The Bears also spent this past offseason surrounding Trubisky with the pieces they think will help him succeed, hiring an offensive-minded coach in Matt Nagy, signing former Pro Bowl receiver Allen Robinson and bringing in some more play-making targets.
"The kid genuinely cares about the game of football and his position," Nagy said. "He wants to be the greatest teammate on this team and he knows that if he does that, he'll make guys around him better."
Trubisky is in a far different spot than he was this time last year, when he began camp as the No. 3 quarterback. The Bears switched to Trubisky after Mike Glennon struggled through the first four games. But it was clear even in the preseason that he was the better option.
Now, Trubisky is front and center. It is clearly his huddle, his team. He is the leader.
The training wheels are off. Or, as Long put it, "He's got some facial hair and he's got some bass in his voice."
And Trubisky welcomes it.
"I feel a lot more comfortable than last year," he said. "I know my role, I know exactly what I need to do, I know the offense. I can just go out there and be myself. I know everybody on the team http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/cole-beasley-jersey , I've earned their respect and trust and I'll continue to do so through my work ethic and how much I care about this team and this game."
Notes: Rookie LB Roquan Smith remained unsigned and missed the first training camp practice. He was Chicago's first-round draft pick at No. 8 overall. "Roquan is a great kid, a great football player and when the time comes for him to be here, he'll be out here and he'll get those reps back," Nagy said. ... LB Danny Trevathan and CB Sherrick McMcManis missed practice because of hamstring injuries, while WR Josh Bellamy sat out because of strep throat, Nagy said. He said Trevathan's and McManis' injuries were not serious.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Let the comparisons begin.
Center Adam Gaudette, 21, will make his National Hockey League debut Thursday with the Vancouver Canucks (28-40-9) as they host the Edmonton Oilers (34-37-6) at Rogers Arena. The contest will be Gaudette’s first audition for permanent employment next season.
Many observers — including fans and media types alike — are ready to compare the former Northeastern star to other young hopefuls. The first comparison will be with injured rookie sensation Brock Boeser, who compiled 29 goals and 26 assists before being sidelined with a back problem earlier this month.
Boeser and others have said he benefited last spring when, like Gaudette, he joined the Canucks after completing his collegiate career. In his first nine NHL games in 2016-17, Boeser produced four goals and one assist. Now, others are wondering if Gaudette can display similar results.
Those wondering include Gaudette himself.
“It’s awesome to see how (Boeser) did this year,” Gaudette told reporters. “I followed him all year. I played with (Boeser) before we were both drafted. I played against him and we’ve been friends ever since then. It’s really cool to see somebody doing it (like Boeser), especially coming out of the NCAA. It just goes to show I could have that impact and Tom Rathman Jersey , hopefully, do the same thing.”
Gaudette, a Braintree, Mass., native, signed a three-year entry-level contract Monday. He was originally drafted by Vancouver in the fifth round, 149th overall in 2015.
Despite the late selection, he developed into a potential superstar. He led the NCAA in scoring with 60 points (30-30-60) in 38 games this season and is a finalist for the Hoby Baker Award. His 30 goals led the NCAA, and he garnered many weekly and monthly honors.
At 6-foot-1 and 184 pounds, he is also known for a physical two-way game and has been likened to Anaheim center Ryan Kesler and Canucks middleman Bo Horvat — among others. Gaudette strives to emulate gritty Boston center Patrice Bergeron.
However, Vancouver coach Travis Green just wants Gaudette to focus on his own game.
“He doesn’t have to be Brock Boeser,” Green told reporters. “He just has to be himself.”
And, play well defensively, according to the coach.
But Green is among many who hope that Gaudette can help the Canucks overcome their dearth of offense. He produced 142 points in 116 career games for Northeastern from 2015 to 2018.
“By talking to him and listening to him, I can tell he has a good head on his shoulders,” said Green. “We’ll see where he’s at. Obviously Youth Sebastian Aho Jersey , people are excited in Vancouver. Rightfully so. And the organization is excited to get him in here.
“Everybody who talks about him talks about how driven he is to be a player. That’s really important for young guys.”
Meanwhile, many observers are questioning Edmonton’s drive. The Oilers will try to rebound against Vancouver after squandering a three-goal lead and losing 7-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.
“Our defensive (game) is something we’ve got to solve here,” Edmonton coach Todd McLellan told reporters. “I think we’re at 250 goals against and that’s never, ever going to make the playoffs in any year.
“We’ve got to make some decisions in the locker room whether that’s important enough.”
Simply put, the Oilers are a conundrum.
Despite Tuesday’s debacle, they have been playing reasonably well lately. They are 7-3-2 in their last 12 games, and captain Connor McDavid leads the league with 102 points after recording three against the Blue Jackets. But Edmonton’s power play was last in the NHL before Wednesday’s games.
In addition, McDavid is at the focal point of a debate that is starting to rage, at least, in Canada: Should he win the Hart Trophy as most valuable player for a second year in a row, even though the Oilers have been out of playoff contention for weeks?
The always humble McDavid has said he doesn’t know. But after watching the Oilers allow 12 goals in their past two games, he does know something for sure.
“We have to find a way to keep pucks out of our net,” he told reporters.
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