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Trubisky building rapport with starting receivers


Monday night's home opener against the Seahawks will present another chance for Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to develop chemistry with new starting receivers Allen Robinson II and Taylor Gabriel.

On the Bears' first two drives Sunday night in Green Bay, Trubisky completed passes of 33 yards to Robinson and 31 yards to Gabriel. Robinson finished the game with four receptions for 61 yards, while Gabriel had five catches for 25 yards.

"That was our first game as a whole receiving corps, having some new pieces," Robinson said. "The more reps, the merrier. As the season progresses, I know we'll grow. Again, that was the first game of the season—first of many—and I thought we played well."

Robinson, who signed with the Bears in March after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Jaguars. said the key to making his 33-yard reception was "just being sound in my technique."

"That's a route that I've run a lot in this league, so I feel pretty comfortable with it," Robinson said. "Once I saw the technique and leverage, I knew where I had to get to and what I need to do to win."

On second-and-goal from the 3, Robinson beat cornerback Kevin King on a fade route. But Trubisky's pass sailed over the receiver and out of the end zone. It's the type of play the two will be more likely to connect on as their rapport grows.

"I know we'll come back to it and we'll get it," Robinson said. "It's nothing other than that. Nothing needs to be said [to Trubisky]. If anything, we may just hit some more reps on it or something like that."

Moving on: Trubisky analyzes the mistakes he makes in an effort to learn from them, but Bears coaches don't want him dwelling on his negative plays.

"You don't want to focus on them too much," Nagy said. "You've got to tell everybody in there, admit your mistakes, correct them and move on. The night of the [Packers] game he wanted to know right away, 'How do I correct my mistakes? What did I do wrong? How can I get better?

"He's going to build this library throughout the year of good plays and bad plays. I'm not going to let him be super hard on himself even though he has that in his DNA. He's like that. I'm not going to let him be too crazy, but it's okay to have an accountability and ownership to everything."

"He's a perfectionist and he can be at times a little bit too hard on himself," said offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, "and just hold that where you just want to look at something, take it in and then chuck it, throw it away, press reset, move it, whatever that analogy is. He could do that a little bit better at times, but that's also a good thing. He cares a ton. He cares a lot about his team. He cares a lot about what he puts on the field and you can work with that."

Injury update: Right guard Kyle Long practiced without restrictions Saturday after sitting out Thursday and Friday with ankle soreness. Nickel back Bryce Callahan (knee) also practiced in full. Long and Callahan are listed as probable for Monday night's game against the Seahawks.

Safety DeAndre Houston-Carson (forearm/back) did not practice and has been ruled out of the game.

Under the lights: The Bears play their second and possibly final prime-time game of the season Monday night when they host the Seahawks at Soldier Field.

"Everybody loves playing under the lights," Long said. "The only thing that sucks is treatments are early in the morning the next day. So [there's] no real opportunity to catch up on sleep. But we love playing under the lights. It's something you dream of as a kid. Growing up, I remember in middle school and high school watching those games and staying up late on Monday night, being a little sleepy in history class at 9 a.m."