Do The Bucs Think Trask Is Ready To Start At QB?


Bucs quarterback Kyle Trask didn’t throw a single cross throughout his rookie season.

The workforce’s second-round decide final April didn’t even costume for a single recreation.

As a substitute of donning a crimson Bucs jersey in 2021, it was a redshirt for Trask.

In actual fact, the one jersey he placed on through the season was an orange follow jersey. Trask was the workforce’s fourth-string quarterback behind legendary Tom Brady, backup Blaine Gabbert and follow squad veteran Ryan Griffin.

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

“He’s not likely even our scout workforce quarterback as a result of he’s the fourth-string man,” Bucs quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen instructed Pewter Report in an unique interview. “He alternates these reps.”

So is Trask able to contend for the beginning job now that Brady has retired after 22 years within the NFL, together with the final two in Tampa Bay?

That’s one thing Tampa Bay should ponder this offseason based mostly on the restricted reps he obtained within the preseason and in follow.

However whether or not or not the workforce pursues one other veteran quarterback or needs to provide Trask a shot at beginning in 2022, here’s what the Bucs take into consideration Trask.

The workforce could be very pleased along with his improvement behind the scenes.

The Bucs even imagine Trask is best and has extra upside than any of the quarterbacks on this yr’s draft class.

Trask was chosen with the sixty fourth general choice within the 2021 NFL Draft. The workforce thinks he can be drafted even larger had he come out on this yr’s quarterback class.

So what has the Bucs enthusiastic about Trask’s improvement?

“The most important factor we’ve achieved is get him a bunch of method work between practices and after follow,” Christensen mentioned. “Engaged on his method, his arm energy, and we’ve actually labored arduous on attempting to get his toes quickened up. He’s a great athlete, however simply engaged on quickness within the pocket and dealing along with his toes.

“We’ve labored on his stroke just a little bit, too. We’ve had the luxurious of getting the possibility to try this. Normally you don’t have the possibility to. There was no urgency with him having to play this yr. He’s dropped some weight with the emphasis being on quickness and his throwing movement.”

The 6-foot-5, 236-pound Trask is a giant pocket passer. Bodily, he is an ideal match for Bruce Arians’ offense.

But Trask hasn’t actually misplaced weight a lot as he has remodeled his physique by muscling up and lowering his physique fats index due to the Bucs energy and conditioning program.

“The energy coaches are working along with his quickness and his weight and his physique make-up,” Christensen mentioned. “It’s John Van Dam, who’s a high quality management coach, serving to him with this or that. I believe it’s been as a lot physique make-up because it has been reducing weight.

Bucs QB Kyle Trask

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

“For these guys it’s the primary time that every one they need to do is soccer. There’s no courses, no different issues. For lots of those guys their physique is altering just a little bit since you are engaged on all of it year-round. It’s your job now. There isn’t a distraction. I believe he feels quite a bit higher bodily. We work on his toes – that’s with each quarterback. However with him he’s actually benefited from that.”

Trask accomplished 67.9 p.c of his passes for 7,386 yards with 69 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his three seasons at Florida the place he was a two-year starter. As a senior he led the SEC, passing for a document 4,283 yards with 43 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Trask’s favourite goal  with the Gators was tight finish Kyle Pitts, who was the Falcons’ first-round decide. Pitts got here out in help of Trask on Twitter on Tuesday following Brady’s retirement announcement.

Trask had only a few reps in follow throughout coaching camp. So it was no shock he struggled in his first two preseason video games in Tampa Bay. Trask accomplished simply 4-of-15 passes for 35 yards with a number of drops towards Cincinnati. He noticed extra enjoying time the subsequent week towards Tennessee the place he accomplished 13-of-26 passes for 131 yards with no touchdowns, two interceptions and a fumble.

The excellent news is that Trask ended the preseason on a excessive word, finishing 12-of-14 passes for 146 yards with one landing and no interceptions in Tampa Bay’s 23-16 win at Houston.

“It gave Kyle a lift going into an extended, lengthy stretch of not enjoying,” Christensen mentioned. “And likewise most likely confirmed in his thoughts, ‘Hey, I can do that.’ You most likely come into the NFL and you’ve got some doubts till you do it, after which that final recreation gave him just a little jolt. ‘Hey, I can do that – and that was enjoyable.’”

The Bucs preferred Trask’s enchancment through the preseason and behind the scenes through the season. However it stays to be seen if the workforce thinks he’s able to compete for the fitting to switch Brady in 2022.

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