Buccaneers: 4 most exciting preseason players to watch in 2021
By Rob Leeds
The Buccaneers need to let a new quarterback tear up the preseason
The Buccaneer coaching staff has been great in recent seasons. It is impossible to find many faults with what they did en route to the Super Bowl victory a few months ago, but there is an opportunity for a massive misfire during the preseason.
The Bucs can not let Ryan Griffin take the majority of the preseason reps again.
It’s been the same old song and dance for the past few years when preseason games are played. Griffin plays a bunch of reps against practice squad players, posts monster stat lines, and then fans call for him to get first-team reps during the regular season when the starting quarterback struggles.
Griffin is a great practice squad player, but the years have proven that he is not a starter. The same could likely be said about Blaine Gabbert as well. Kyle Trask, on the other hand, is an entirely different story.
Drafting Trask in the second round was a bit of a surprise by the defending champs, but it will remain a chance they needed to take. Trask played great in college and has the tools to succeed in the NFL, and the only way to determine this is with reps.
Even if Griffin has been the better quarterback in camp, which seems to be the way the coaching staff is leaning, there is absolutely no reason to give him more reps than Trask.
Trask can be a future starter, backup, or practice squad guy like Griffin, but there is no way to learn this when the proven variables get all of the opportunities.
The Buccaneers have no choice but to let Trask play, and frankly, he should probably be the only quarterback on the roster to get meaningful reps during the preseason games.