Lightning rod quarterback impressing in Buccaneers OTA’s

Kyle Trask, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Kyle Trask, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The young quarterback who’s been the subject of controversy among Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans is having himself an impressive showing thus far to the Buccaneers during mini camp and OTA’s.

Coming off of the 2020 Super Bowl season, Jason Licht and company were able to return all 22 starters and some change, along with the coaching staff, from their championship roster. That being the case, the 2021 NFL Draft was basically a draft for depth, and to service the future. That’s exactly what the Buccaneers did.

Brady still looks like the best quarterback in football, but he’s also in his forties, so with his time in Tampa Bay appearing limited, especially if offseason rumors like him OWNING A TEAM are to be believed, the Bucs decided they needed to pull the trigger on local kid Kyle Trask in the second round by way of the University of Florida to sit and learn from the best there is, best there was, and best there ever will be in Brady (shoutout Bret “Hitman” Hart).

Ever since that day, Trask has become the most controversial quarterback to never take a snap in a regular season game possibly to ever live. At the very least, to Buccaneers fans. Some have somehow seen enough to already deem him not good enough. Others believe he deserves a fair chance to play wants Brady does decide to actually step away (for real this time) since by that point all bets are off, as we all got to see fist hand during Brady’s semi-retirement. The internet was basically the wild West for Bucs fans.

At the end of the day though, the only opinions that really mattered are from that of the Buccaneers themselves. Thus far in mini camp, Trask appears to have shown drastic (Trasric?) improvement.

Unlike 2021, the 2022 Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not return every starter and coach. In this land of fruits and nuts, there is a new head cashew, as Todd Bowles will serve as the lucky thirteenth head coach in franchise history. When asked about Trask, the new head honcho said that Trask has been picking up the tweaked scheme well and making the right reads out there. Cornerback Jamel Dean meanwhile, added that the second-year former Gator has made a huge jump already in year two, and it is quite visible in the quarterback’s confidence.

Now granted, mini camp and OTA’s are essentially walk-throughs featuring far from the usual “action” of NFL Sundays. That said, it should still speak volumes that an improvement in Trask’s game is so visible to players and coaches despite the breezy atmosphere of the reps.

Those were other players and coaches though. As for Trask himself, he knows that he has a bit of a battle ahead of him when it comes to moving up or down on the team depth chart. The young quarterback has the perfect attitude about it, stating how he loves to compete, but he’s also only focused on the things he can control, such as getting better every day. You really can’t ask from to say anything much better, so while workouts are still young, so far so good.

At some point, the chickens are going to come home to roost as it pertains to Kyle Trask eventually getting a fair shot. Whether or not that turns into him being the future QB1 is another matter entirely. However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are making sure that he is as prepared as possible for when that time comes, as both parties will obviously benefit. While fans will probably forever be split on the matter, the fact of the matter is he looks to be showing great improvement so far. Time will tell what happens as time goes on, as there is a lot of football to be played.

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