Bucs QB Kyle Trask – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR
Will Kyle Trask beat out Blaine Gabbert for the Bucs’ backup QB job behind Tom Brady? That was purported to be one of many extra anticipated coaching camp battles this 12 months.
But it surely appears like that battle is over even earlier than it started.
The rationale? Trask’s “gradual, regular improvement” as he enters his second 12 months in Tampa Bay.
And the truth that Gabbert, who has been Brady’s backup the final two seasons, has 4 years price of expertise within the Bucs offense.
After investing a second spherical choose in Trask in 2021, many needed to see him supplant Gabbert because the group’s No. 2 quarterback. In response to Bucs quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen the percentages are stacked in opposition to that occuring.
“I believe it’s extra of a studying 12 months,” Christensen stated concerning Trask. “I don’t see him competing with Gabbert this 12 months. Though , he can do it it’s simply all the percentages are stacked in opposition to you. You’ll be able to’t rep all people. It’s onerous sufficient to get Gabbert sufficient reps. We’ll put together Gabbert because the quantity two. There’s all the time competitors. There’s all the time somebody in search of you job, however I don’t see that being an both/or. I see Gabbert as being the backup and Kyle being the developmental man. And we’ll rep them that approach.
“He wants one other 12 months. He’s all the time form of been that gradual, regular developer, proper? In highschool, in faculty and I believe this follows according to precisely that. … He’s not the man that simply is available in and simply flashes instantly. He has a methodical improvement to him.”
Not A Knock On Trask
Whereas followers could also be upset about spending such prime draft capital on a participant that will probably be No. 3 on the depth chart, it’s not a knock on Trask.
“It completely shouldn’t be,” Christensen exclaimed. “That is Tom Brady we’re speaking about right here. And also you’re speaking about one of many prime backups within the league [in Gabbert] – a man who was beginning, a High 10 choose within the NFL Draft. You’re speaking about an awfully good participant.”
Trask could have his shot to compete for enjoying time sooner or later and can simply want to indicate the identical persistence he displayed in highschool and faculty to see it play out.
“He is aware of his time is coming,” Christensen stated. “He is aware of what the plan is, and he is aware of he’s going to get his crack. Now he has to ensure he’s prepared for his crack. As a result of it’s no layup, it’s no gimmie that you simply’re the inheritor obvious. That’s and earned place and he’ll must show that he can do it.”
The Bucs plan to make use of the OTAs to get an extended prolonged analysis of Trask, who will get the vast majority of reps over the subsequent month.
“These OTAs are going to be actually vital for Kyle – an evaluation,” Christensen stated. “It gained’t make or break him, however will probably be an evaluation – right here’s the place we’re. Right here’s how far we’re from attending to the place we have to go. I believe we’ll get a fantastic evaluation. We’ll come out of this factor with a fantastic evaluation of Kyle Trask.
Leftwich Wants To See It, Too
Whereas Christensen was extra definitive in his reply, Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich appears to have a extra open thoughts. Trask has been doing all the proper issues behind the scenes, however has but to have it translate on the sector because of the very restricted reps he bought final 12 months.
“We like the place Kyle is at, we simply haven’t seen it,” Leftwich stated. “None of us – none of us have seen it. The one factor we’ve bought is preseason reps. I believe he’s gotten drastically higher from the final time he stepped on the grass. We’ve simply bought to see and he hasn’t had the chance to be on the grass enjoying. It needs to be a enjoyable summer season for him – offseason for him – the place he’s going to play somewhat bit and we’ll get to see him. I like the place he’s at from an consciousness and understanding level. Now he simply has to the touch the grass and have trial and error. Actually that’s the place he’s at as a growing [guy] from the quarterback place.”
Leftwich says he might want to see his development on the sector earlier than awarding any spots on the QB depth chart behind Brady.
“They’re simply enjoying – no one has a spot,” Leftwich stated. “We’re simply practising and attempting to get higher proper now. We’ll play all of that out when the time comes.”
Or maybe Leftwich doesn’t wish to shake Trask’s confidence heading into coaching camp by declaring the backup battle over.