Bucs QB Kyle Trask – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR
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Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds solutions your questions from the @PewterReport Twitter account every week within the Bucs Monday Mailbag Submit your query to the Bucs Monday Mailbag every week through Twitter utilizing the hashtag #PRMailbag. Listed below are the questions we selected to reply for this week’s version.
QUESTION: I need to know extra on the Kyle Trask state of affairs. When do you assume we will anticipate to get a greater thought of the place he’s development-wise? All I hear about is whom we might signal/commerce for, in order that doesn’t sound too good for Trask.
ANSWER: Pewter Report had three articles on Kyle Trask final week. The primary one contained quotes from quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen detailing how Trask developed behind the scenes. The second had quotes from common supervisor Jason Licht on how the Bucs aren’t going to hurry Trask. The third one was the Fab 4 part of the SR’s Fab 5 column, which had much more quotes from Christensen about Trask.
The issue is that Trask simply didn’t get many reps as a rookie. He was primarily the fourth-string quarterback behind Tom Brady, Blaine Gabbert and apply squader Ryan Griffin, who was actually the third-string QB.
Not solely did Trask not get many snaps in apply as a consequence of his place on the depth chart, when he did they had been normally scout staff reps. Which means he was operating the Bucs’ opponents performs and never Bruce Arians’ performs.
Trask will get loads of work in Tampa Bay’s offense this offseason. That’s when the staff can have a greater gauge of his progress. Trask gained’t make actual strides till he strikes up the depth chart and will get extra reps. It’s that straightforward. The Bucs drafted him final yr with the concept he would redshirt in 2021 and that’s what occurred.
QUESTION: If the Bucs roll with Kyle Trask or Blaine Gabbert, might they only put their cap cash on protection and make it the energy of the staff? Old style-type play with getting quick fields and takeaways for the QB that hopefully flip into factors.
ANSWER: The Bucs imagine that the protection is a energy of this staff, particularly when all of their starters are wholesome. It’s uncertain that Kyle Trask could be in place to start out this yr. He’s primarily a rookie once more after being the fourth-string quarterback final yr.
But when Blaine Gabbert is re-signed to be the starter, he would come comparatively cheaply – possible properly underneath $10 million. The Bucs might use their cap sources elsewhere to re-sign starters like cornerback Carlton Davis III and huge receiver Chris Godwin amongst others.
Tampa Bay must change its fashion of play with Gabbert (or Trask) underneath middle. There could be slightly extra emphasis on the operating sport with out Tom Brady slinging the ball round. And the Bucs protection must be one of many league’s finest items to assist out an offense that definitely won’t common 29.9 factors per sport with out Brady in 2022.
QUESTION: Why is Blaine Gabbert, who’s over 30 and by no means been profitable at any level in his profession, thought of a viable possibility for the Bucs? But somebody like Mitch Trubisky, who’s underneath 30 and truly made the playoffs as soon as, isn’t? Be aware: I feel these are each horrible choices.
ANSWER: The explanation Blaine Gabbert is taken into account to be a viable possibility is as a result of he’s been in Bruce Arians’ offense for 4 years. Gabbert has been a backup quarterback in Tampa Bay for the final two seasons. He spent the 2019 season on injured reserve. Previous to that, Gabbert began six video games for Arians in Arizona in 2017. No different quarterback has a greater grasp of Arians’ system than Gabbert does.
It’s true that Gabbert hasn’t had a number of success within the NFL. He’s received a woeful 13-35 file as a starter. However he additionally performed for some actually dangerous groups, beginning in Jacksonville the place he was the tenth general decide in 2011.
As Bucs quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen factors out, Gabbert has been in eight completely different methods with eight completely different coordinators in his first eight seasons within the NFL. That’s not a recipe for achievement for any quarterback.
Will 4 years of being in Arians’ offense robotically translate into success for Gabbert? No, it gained’t. At 6-foot-5, 235 kilos, Gabbert has the scale and bodily instruments like mobility and arm energy to achieve success. However he must be extra correct and make higher selections. Gabbert has accomplished 56.3 % of his passes in his profession, together with 59.3 % of his throws in Tampa Bay.
Mitchell Trubisky, a former first-round decide in Chicago, is a free agent. So the Bucs wouldn’t have to surrender any treasured draft capital to accumulate him. He was the Payments’ backup quarterback in 2021. I’m unsure he’s a great slot in Arians’ system, nor am I certain the Bucs would have any curiosity in buying him and letting him compete for the beginning QB job.
QUESTION: Russell Wilson makes the Bucs a Tremendous Bowl staff. Ought to we commerce two first-round picks and two second-rounders?
ANSWER: It takes two to tango, and two groups to make trades. Will Seattle need to half methods with their nine-time Professional Bowl quarterback? And can the Seahawks be prepared to commerce him throughout the convention? The Bucs play the Seahawks subsequent yr, so it’s uncertain Seattle would need to see him in crimson and pewter.
How a lot draft decide compensation wouldn’t it take for the Bucs to land the 33-year previous Wilson? A pair of first-rounders and a pair of second-rounders could be a steep worth. Wilson will likely be 34 this yr and is ready to make $19 million in 2022, which is unquestionably reasonably priced for the Bucs to soak up. The Seahawks would take a $26 million wage cap hit if he had been to be traded, although.
Wilson is underneath contract for yet one more season at $22 million in 2023. But he makes a median of $35 million per yr when factoring in his signing bonus and roster bonus cash. He’s set to earn a $5 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the league yr in 2022.
A commerce involving a QB-for-QB swap just like the Raiders buying and selling for Wilson and giving up Derek Carr would appear extra possible. Take into consideration the Rams-Lions commerce this previous yr that despatched Matthew Stafford to L.A. and Jared Goff to Detroit. Seattle would wish a quarterback to exchange Wilson and this yr’s QB class is shaky with out a clear reduce No. 1 on the place.
QUESTION: Will this upcoming yr – assuming the Bucs simply barely make it to the playoffs – be Bruce Arians’ final yr with the Bucs? In that case would Byron Leftwich be the success or Todd Bowles?
ANSWER: That’s going to be as much as Bruce Arians by way of when he decides to retire. He signed a four-year contract that has a fifth-year possibility held by the staff. Assuming he nonetheless needs to teach in 2023 the Bucs could be inclined to let him achieve this.
As for his successor, the Bucs at present have a trio of viable candidates. Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has 4 years of head teaching expertise with the Jets from 2015-18. Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich had a number of head teaching interviews this offseason. Assistant head coach and run sport coordinator Harold Goodwin is a superb chief.
We’ve heard that Bowles could be the selection as a consequence of his expertise. However that was awhile in the past and issues might need modified throughout the group. The attention-grabbing factor will likely be how a lot say Arians has in selecting the coach that may exchange him. Will he have any affect? Or will common supervisor Jason Licht solely make the choice?