Mac Jones playoff collapse doesn’t bode well for Buccaneers Kyle Trask
By Rob Leeds
Does Kyle Trask have a future as the starter for the Buccaneers?
It certainly isn’t out of the question yet, but it sure isn’t as set in stone as many fans would believe. The Bucs took a chance on Trask when they had no other pressing needs. A late second-round pick isn’t much in the grand scheme of things, and it is far from a guarantee.
Tampa has the benefit of time on their side and can let Trask sit for another year or two behind Brady and Blaine Gabbert, but a quarterback taking his first reps in year three at the earliest is a tough start to a career.
Sure, Aaron Rodgers was able to accomplish something similar with the Packers, but comparing Trask to Rodgers is laughable, and the Packers are also showing why this strategy isn’t fool-proof with Jordan Love struggling to take the next steps.
If the Buccaneers really cared about Trask becoming the next face of the franchise, they would part ways with Gabbert this offseason and let Trask take the second role. There is no substitute for regular-season minutes, and the Bucs giving those to Gabbert for a second-straight season would only take away from the development of Trask.
The door isn’t closed on a Kyle Trask emergence, but a late second-round pick being a lock to become a starter simply because of anecdotal evidence such as Tom Brady being on the roster is ignorant of the vast majority of data out in the league, and it also diminishes just how talented Brady is.
Sometimes players defy the odds, but Kyle Trask may have to do more than that if he is going to become the next face of the franchise for the Buccaneers. The next few years will be very telling, but the early results from the Mac Jones experiment aren’t very comforting.
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