With Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp in full swing, the much anticiapted quarterback battle between Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask is starting to take shape.
So far it's been devoid of the drama that some folks might be handwringing for, and the progress doesn't seem to be very immediate. In fact, by all accounts both Mayfield and Trask are cordial -- almost like they're teammates trying to help each other out.
Who would have thought?
At some point, no matter the pleasantries, a decision will need to be made over who the starting quarterback will be. The Bucs open the preseason on August 11th against the Steelers, which means we'll have some sort of call by Todd Bowles by then.
Until we get there, everything the two do at training camp is going to be dissected and scrutinized. That goes beyond the media to the guys who are on the field and in the locker room with floor seats to the competition.
Chris Godwin gives update on Buccaneers quarterback battle
Speaking with the media at One Bucs Place, Godwin weighed in on what he's seen out of Mayfield and Trask so far this offseason.
"I guess the way they carry themselves is a little bit different. I think like Kyle is a little bit more laid back and Baker has a little bit more of a chip on his shoulder, for whatever reason. That's the biggest thing so far," Godwin said. "They both throw really good balls. They both have the ability to process information fast and get us in the right spots. I guess just their personalities, but that's not to say that one is better than the other."
If we're being honest, the expectation is that Mayfield is going to be named the starter ahead of that preseason opener against Pittsburgh. Whether that sticks is yet to be determined, but it would be pretty wild to see Trask named the starter.
That's nothing against Trask, but Mayfield needs as many reps with the first team as possible and Bucs coaches need to get as complete a look at him as they can. A scenario where Trask is named starter would mean a total cliff dive from Mayfield or some sort of injury.
For the time being, it sounds like the dramatic competition is anything but, which is probably the way coaches prefer it and the way this was always destined to play out.