This article is part of our NFL Reactions series.
This week's Sunday theme seems to be centered on 2018 late bloomers at quarterback, or maybe you could call them the in-season post-hype candidates. Renewed optimism surrounded all of Andrew Luck, Marcus Mariota, and Mitch Trubisky going into this year, but for all of them the prior three weeks carried varying but substantial concerns. For Luck it was related to his basement-level depth of target, for Mariota it was unspecified damage to a nerve in his throwing elbow, and Trubisky was merely faceplanting in a setting where he should have showed substantial improvement after the Bears added talent in the offseason.
Trubisky was of course the headliner with 354 yards and six touchdowns passing on just 26 attempts against the Buccaneers, and even added 53 yards rushing on three carries. Trubisky struggled in an ugly fashion in his three prior starts, where he threw for just 591 yards (5.7 YPA), three touchdowns, and three interceptions, so it's fair to attribute much of this breakout effort to the Buccaneers pass defense. Still, a game like this might mark a point of measurable progress in development, and if Trubisky can keep trending upward there would be significant fantasy upside given his place in an uptempo scheme that utilizes his running abilities. He'll have a bye week to work on the offense further, and it's reasonable to hope that he improves on his timing as he gets more reps with a group of pass catchers which, to be fair, does feature