Mac Jones playoff collapse doesn’t bode well for Buccaneers Kyle Trask

Kyle Trask, Robert Hainsey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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The Buccaneers can learn about Kyle Trask from Mac Jones. 

Yes, it is another Kyle Trask piece. Yes, he hasn’t played a rep for the Buccaneers yet, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to determine which type of player he is projected to be in the NFL, and Mac Jones is an excellent place to start the comparison.

As Trasks sits and learns behind the greatest quarterback of all-time on an offense that is very quarterback-friendly, Jones was thrust into the starting role as a rookie, and the playoff collapse should surprise no one.

Rookie quarterbacks rarely make it to the playoffs in the first place, and those that make it that far face a very difficult task, which we all saw first-hand with Jones.

Jones wasn’t the main reason why the Patriots lost, but the lack of faith from his coaching staff was painfully obvious. While Jones hit some great throws, others lacked velocity, play calls were far too conservative to work, and the Patriots clearly showed that they didn’t want their rookie quarterback making any big plays.

This may be due to Jones being a rookie, but it also brings up several questions in a traits-based evaluation of Jones that stem from similar situations throughout the season.

Three passes in a win? Is that really the recipe for success from a dominant quarterback?

One way or another, this season shouldn’t surprise anyone. Mac Jones and Kyle Trask had very clear draft profiles that highlighted their strengths and weaknesses, and this season with Jones as the full-time starter showed those strengths and weaknesses very well.

While Jones isn’t a perfect comparison, and both quarterbacks clearly lack many of the tools that most modern quarterbacks need, our best look at Trask comes from the current signal-caller in New England.