Buccaneers give credibility to player concerns with recent comments

Kyle Trask, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Kyle Trask, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers taking Kyle Trask in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft drew some immediate criticism. That pick doesn’t look better now.

Strap in Kyle Trask supporters, you aren’t going to love this one. Not that it varies much from the prior conversations regarding Trask and the Buccaneers, but it is becoming more clear by the day that his NFL career may not be as special as the one we saw at Florida.

It’s hard not to look back at Trask’s college career and see just how good he was in that offense as a college player, but being good in college is far different from being a good NFL quarterback.

Trask was the third guy last year. That was likely to be expected with Blaine Gabbert being an inexplicable favorite of the coaching staff. But what does Trask’s future truly project to be if the staff doesn’t see him beating out Blaine Gabbert as the backup for two years in the row?

Gabbert is on the team because he helps Tom Brady on game days, not because he is as good at football as the staff thinks at times. The number two for the Bucs could do exactly what he did for Brady last season in street clothes on the sideline because he is not going to change anything if he actually sees the field.

If Gabbert’s true selling point is in the mental side of things and not related to wearing a helmet, why should Kyle Trask not be in contention for the number two spot in 2022? The Bucs can leave Gabbert as the third guy and still get all of the benefit during practice or games, but is he legitimately a better football player than the guy that almost won the Heisman a few years back? (This is a joke. Stop using the Heisman to justify draft picks)

If the coaching staff really doesn’t believe that Trask can keep this team afloat with so much talent in a reserve role after a full year to learn the system, then this is a true red flag in the future for the young quarterback.

Guys make jumps, but no one on the planet should believe that Trask is going to go from not being good enough to beat out Blaine Gabbert to a starting-caliber player in one year. There are concerns with this prospect, and doing anything to pretend otherwise is not a fair analysis.

If the Bucs really want a quarterback from UF, Anthony Richardson has way more NFL-ready talent.

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