Bucs Re-Sign Gabbert To Compete With Trask

Simply days after re-signing Ryan Griffin, the Bucs have re-signed one other veteran quarterback. Blaine Gabbert, who has served as Tom Brady’s backup the final two years, has returned to Tampa Bay on a one-year deal.

The Bucs will carry 4 quarterbacks into coaching camp, and Gabbert’s re-signing probably means the crew is finished on the QB place. Any potential curiosity the crew had in buying former Browns starter Baker Mayfield has probably come and gone.

Bucs QB Kyle Trask – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Whereas Griffin may probably have a task because the emergency veteran QB on the apply squad once more, Gabbert, 32, will battle Kyle Trask, final 12 months’s second-round decide, for the proper to be Brady’s backup. Former Bucs head coach Bruce Arians is equally excessive on Gabbert and Trask and spoke about each this offseason.

“I’m actually, actually impressed with the issues he wanted to enhance on,” Arians mentioned. “ His working of the scout crew, motion within the pocket and all of the little issues on and off the sphere.”

Trask was basically the fourth-string QB final 12 months and didn’t get many snaps in apply as a developmental prospect. When it appeared like Brady wasn’t going to be an choice on account of his sudden retirement this offseason, Arians appeared able to have Trask and Gabbert compete for the proper to begin.

“He can throw it, it’s a matter of does he flip it over?” Arians mentioned about Trask. “It’s the identical factor with Blaine. Does he flip it over? He’ll get an ideal alternative.”

When Arians broke the information to NBC Sports activities’ Peter King and Sam Farmer of the L.A. Instances about his personal retirement from teaching, he praised Gabbert. Arians mentioned Gabbert would have been the probably starter if Brady hadn’t ended his retirement after 40 days.

“A part of me was excited to educate Blaine Gabbert because the quarterback and show to everyone, ‘Kiss my ass. He’s good,’” Arians mentioned.

Gabbert’s Major Position Is To Assist Brady

Gabbert has essentially the most expertise of any of the Bucs quarterbacks in Arians’ system, relationship again to the 2017 season in Arizona. Bucs quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen instructed Pewter Report that Gabbert’s expertise was invaluable to Brady throughout his first 12 months in Tampa Bay in 2020.

Bucs QBs Blaine Gabbert and Tom Brady and QBs coach Clyde Christensen

Bucs QBs Blaine Gabbert and Tom Brady and QBs coach Clyde Christensen – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

“I don’t assume anybody will notice how a lot Blaine helped Tom, particularly within the Tremendous Bowl run,” Christensen mentioned. “Griff (Ryan Griffin) and Blaine actually teamed up with Tom and helped merge every part. They did extra work than anybody will ever notice and making that decision sheet work for everyone. For him to dig in and have that large of a task by way of how everybody sees a recreation plan and the way everybody sees a name sheet helps him. It’s the whys – right here’s why Tom likes this route, right here’s why Tom goes to name versus Quarters protection, or what Tom does in opposition to the blitz.

“He’s had a front-row seat, nevertheless it’s much more than that as a result of he’s part of it. He’s a part of growing the sport plan. He’s a part of getting the calls on the sheet. He’s a part of executing, critiquing and tweaking it. That has made him a greater quarterback already and saved him concerned. Blaine’s not a backup quarterback. He’s an assistant quarterback coach. He’s an additional set of eyes for Tom. He’s the coordinator’s helper. He’s all of these issues.”

Over the previous two seasons, Gabbert, a former first-round decide of Jacksonville in 2011, has accomplished 16-of-27 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns in reserve obligation behind Brady. The Bucs had been undefeated in all six video games Gabbert noticed motion in throughout the 2021 common season.


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