Aug 28, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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Captain Obvious? Steelers’ Mitch Trubisky favored to be first QB benched

The Pittsburgh Steelers might be trying to portray confidence in Mitch Trubisky by naming him a captain, but oddsmakers aren’t buying into his prospects as the team’s long-term answer at quarterback.

The former No. 2 overall draft pick (2017) was named one of five team captains by a vote of the players on Monday and was later tabbed the starting QB ahead of the Steelers’ regular-season opener at Cincinnati on Sunday.

Trubisky, 28, is with his third team in as many years as he enters his sixth NFL season. He signed as a free agent in March, a month before the Steelers made former Pitt star Kenny Pickett the first quarterback selected in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Trubisky completed 24 of 34 passes for 283 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions during the preseason. Pickett, 24, was 29 of 36 for 261 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, while veteran backup Mason Rudolph took the rest of the snaps.

While Trubisky is positioned to open the season under center for Pittsburgh, he was also being offered as the 3-1 favorite to be the first quarterback benched this season in a market opened by on Monday. After the Bengals, the Steelers play host to New England before traveling to Cleveland in Week 3.

The next shortest odds belonged to Baker Mayfield, who won the job in Carolina even before Sam Darnold suffered an ankle injury that will sideline him for at least the first four weeks of the regular season. Mayfield’s backup to begin the season is PJ Walker.

One of the tightest quarterback battles throughout the preseason was waged in Seattle, but veteran Geno Smith has only the seventh-shortest odds at to be the first starter to lose his job. His backup is Drew Lock, who was acquired from the Denver Broncos in the Russell Wilson blockbuster trade.

First QB Benched Odds
Mitch Trubisky: 3-1
Baker Mayfield: 6-1
Daniel Jones: 6-1
Davis Mills: 7-1
Carson Wentz: 9-1
Marcus Mariota: 9-1
Geno Smith: 10-1
Trey Lance: 10-1
Jameis Winston: 12-1
Jared Goff: 12-1
Justin Fields: 14-1
Ryan Tannehill: 14-1
Tua Tagovailoa: 16-1
Jalen Hurts: 25-1

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