Thanks to Tom Brady’s un-retirement, the Bucs will bring back their entire quarterback room from last season. That’s a good thing because Brady is still on top of his game at age 44, and the Bucs have good depth at the QB position.

Yet Brady’s return signals less opportunity for second-year quarterback Kyle Trask, the team’s second-round pick in 2021. During Tuesday’s media availability with the Bucs offensive assistant coaches, quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen all but confirmed it.

Christensen says that this season is another developmental year for Trask. He declared Blaine Gabbert the backup QB before a single rep is taken in camp.

Bucs QB Kyle Trask and QBs coach Clyde Christensen

Bucs QB Kyle Trask and QBs coach Clyde Christensen – Photo by: USA Today

“I think it’s more of a learning year,” Christensen said. “I don’t see him competing with Gabbert this year. Although you know, he can do it it’s just all the odds are stacked against you. You can’t rep everybody, it’s hard enough to get Gabbert enough reps. We’ll prepare Gabbert as the number two. There’s always competition. There’s always someone looking for you job, but I don’t see that being an either or. I see Gabbert as being the back up and Kyle [Trask] being the developmental guy and we’ll rep them that way.”

Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich didn’t quite see it the same way saying that nobody has a spot yet. It appears head coach Todd Bowles shares that sentiment. Speaking with the media on Friday, Bowles made it clear that everyone is competing, and Trask will have the opportunity to win the No. 2 job behind Brady.

“There’s competition everywhere, so there will be competition at that spot as well,” Bowles said. “Blaine finished the season at number two – we like Blaine. Trask is going to get his chance to play and compete and if he’s better, he’ll be number two. If he’s not, he won’t be. But, he will have a chance to compete. He knows that and everybody knows that.”

Trask needs to seize the opportunity ahead of him, especially with a lot of the reps in OTAs he’s on pace to receive. As Christensen noted, the Bucs will showcase him in the OTAs and make an assessment about his progress afterwards.

The key will be to show he’s deserving of more reps in August and that he’s ready to compete with Gabbert in training camp. The next three weeks will be a big one for Trask and his spot on the depth chart this year.

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About the Author: J.C. Allen

J.C. Allen is one of PewterReport.com’s newest beat writers. As a New England transplant, he has closely followed Tom Brady’s entire career and first fell in love with the game during the Patriots 1996 Super Bowl run. J.C. is in his second year covering the team after spending a year with Bucs Report as a writer, producer and show host. Some of his other interests include barbecuing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Buccaneer of all time is Simeon Rice and believes he deserves a spot in Canton. Follow J.C. Allen on Twitter @JCAllenNFL.
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danielob
danielob
14 days ago

If I were Ryan Griffin, our most tenured QB in Bucs history, my feelings would be hurt, hope he lights it up in the pre-season. We never have seen what he can do in a real game except for 4 passes, always an underdog.

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  danielob
14 days ago

Griffin has become a millionaire as the Bucs perrenial third string QB. I’m sure it’s more of a relief to him rather than a hunger to put a Bucs uniform on rather than a blue vest at Wal Mart.

michael
michael
Reply to  drdneast
13 days ago

I’m sure he wants to play, but my god. As a career, it’ he’s had a wildly successful one.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
14 days ago

Yep it was obvious that Christensen stuck his foot in his mouth & spoke prematurely. Nobody knows how any of these players will look until camp starts. Blaine Gabbert hasn’t earned the right to be called anything other than a backup 10 yrs in the league. Kyle Trask hasn’t even been given a shot to say one way or the other because of BA’s outdated style of evaluating players. Sure Blaine Gabbert understands your antiquated system but is he a better player than Kyle Trask? So glad Brady forced him out the door. Yeah I said It

scubog
scubog
Reply to  Captain Sly
13 days ago

“outdated style of evaluating players”, “antiquated system”? Have you noticed the end results of Arians’ coaching everywhere he’s been? So explain to me Captain; just what is outdated about the # 2 offense in the league and a roster talented enough to have the leagues best record at 13 dash 4? Oh, I know……it’s just Tom Brady.

James Taylor
James Taylor
Reply to  scubog
12 days ago

I mostly agree and it has been a prolific offense. But I think it could be even better if they mixed in more outside runs and short crossing patterns. Let’s be honest this offense gets stymied by the talented defenses in the league that have the talent to cover Evans and Godwin and put a rush on Brady. I think the system is really good, but the game-planning has fallen flat against the Saints and the Rams.

BucHarbour
BucHarbour
14 days ago

This is more like it. It’s also the way it should be. Backup QB should be a competition this off-season and into pre-season. I don’t think they’ll truly be able to tell who’s deserving of number 2 until pre-season is over. Let Trask have a shot and don’t just give it to Gabbert, as he didn’t exactly light it up last pre-season despite all of his knowledge of the offense and his 1st round status. It took a couple of games for Trask to start to get it, but he had the best success in pre-season during the last game.

Spitfire
Spitfire
14 days ago

First off I think it’s fine for this to be a development year for Trask as long as they dress him and have him shadowing Gabbert with the clipboard, calling plays, talking on the sidelines, getting him into the mix. We have the rare opportunity to take out time and have him develop at the same time as learning from the Greatest to ever do it. Get him out there on the field and soak it all in, then next year he should for sure be ready to compete. Now saying Gabbert hasn’t been handed the No. 2 spot is… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
14 days ago

Competition is always good, as long as it is friendly and constructive. Which it will be in the Bucs quarterbacks room this year with the GOAT in there setting the standard for everybody.

Eddie
Eddie
14 days ago

Christensen was predicting based on what he has seen of the QBs not named Brady up to this point, Bowles and Leftwich are saying what the system should be. There is no conflict there. By the way, Brady showed up last week throwing at the work out, I hope these back up QB were there as well/.

fredster
fredster
14 days ago

How many reps does Gabbert need? He’s been in this offense and the NFL forever. This absolutely should be a competition for second string. If they just handed it to Gabbert to me that says we don’t think Trask is good enough. Which he probably isn’t. Will be fun to watch. Time to see what we have in Trask imo as you don’t have to wait 3-4 years that’s stupid. Be nice to know if we need to draft a QB maybe before draft next year and we maybe pass a better one.

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  fredster
14 days ago

“Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich didn’t quite see it the same way saying that nobody has a spot yet.”
I know Brady is tossing in his sleep worrying Heckyl and Jeckyl are oing to pass him by.

scubog
scubog
13 days ago

We must be the only team in the league fretting over the current # 3 quarterback. I know many don’t think much of Blaine Gabbert, but he was a top 10 pick for a reason. The man has physical skills and a lot of experience in this system. Of course, if Brady’s age catches up to him, like it will for all of us, Gabbert would be the first in line to come off the bench. That doesn’t mean he’d stay there if he isn’t up to the task of being “the man”. I don’t see that changing in May,… Read more »