Because the Bucs enterprise into life after Tom Brady, Jason Licht and Bruce Arians start the seek for his alternative. Talking with the media on Tuesday, Licht stated they may proceed to look to enhance the roster and discover the group’s subsequent beginning quarterback.
That features wanting behind door quantity two, however added they’re inspired by the event of Kyle Trask, the group’s second-round choose from a yr in the past.
“We really feel like we’re very excited in regards to the growth of Kyle,” Licht stated. “The place he’s come from within the final yr and what he’s achieved. Simply having the ability to sit behind Tom and Blaine [Gabbert] and Ryan [Griffin] in that room with Clyde [Christensen] and Tom Moore and B.A.”
The Bucs drafted Trask to develop behind the scenes with the luxurious of not having to start out him straight away. Licht knew Brady had at most two extra years to offer Tampa Bay the chance to draft and develop a younger QB. It won’t result in the previous Gators star being named the beginning quarterback for the 2022 season, however the time he spent studying from Brady was invaluable.
“I don’t essentially suppose we have to velocity up the method with Kyle as a result of I feel we have now him on a great observe proper now,” Licht stated. “He’s been properly coached, and he’s had unbelievable assets to lean on to get to the place he’s proper now. However we’ll see the place that goes. We don’t wish to rush anyone. However I couldn’t consider a greater expertise for a younger quarterback than to spend his rookie yr with the best quarterback of all time.”
With a draft choose invested in Trask and 4 years of growth invested in Gabbert relationship again to Arizona, the Bucs have a number of in-house choices at quarterback. Gabbert is a free agent, however might be re-signed and given the chance to start out. However Licht didn’t rule out pursuing a veteran quarterback from outdoors the group, both.
Licht spoke extremely of Trask and stated that he compares very favorably to the QBs on this yr’s draft class.
“We’re not crowning Kyle because the inheritor obvious but,” Licht stated. “However we really feel very lucky that we acquired him once we did final yr. The place he stacks up with quarterbacks on this yr’s draft, everyone’s going to have their very own opinion, however we really feel fairly good the place he stacks up with these quarterbacks. I really feel like we made a great choice final yr.”
One factor Licht harped on was the present expertise that the group has and it’s veteran management. Brady and Arians established a successful tradition for Tampa Bay that can proceed with the group’s returning gamers. The group has a veteran group led by some tenured Bucs who’ve seen the franchise’s greatest and worst days. That management will go a good distance to assist whoever succeeds Brady at quarterback.
“Whether or not you hand it over to an inexperienced man or a veteran, I feel the leaders we have now on this group, Lavonte [David] being one, will assist and convey this particular person alongside whoever it’s,” Licht stated.