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For anyone worried about a Jordan Love and Aaron Rodgers situation with the Bucs, you can put those fears to rest.

Not only did Bucs starter Tom Brady not feel threatened by the Buccaneers drafting former Gators standout Kyle Trask in the second round a week ago, Brady called Trask and offered to meet up as teammates.

Florida QB Kyle Trask

Florida QB Kyle Trask – Photo by: USA Today

“Yeah, he actually did, he reached out to me a couple days after the draft and you know, he was just making sure, or checking in on when I get into town so we can get together and maybe do some throwing and things like that,” Trask said on NFL Network. “It meant a lot to me.”

Reports coming from Green Bay have the Packers long-time starter and reigning MVP still miffed about the Packers taking love in the first round last year, so much so that Rodgers wants out.

That is clearly not the case here in Tampa Bay.

“Not only Tom, but a couple of other guys have reached out so you can definitely tell they have a great culture and a great group of people in this building and I can’t wait to get started.”

Trask is used  to being a backup to start his career as he saw little action in high school and it took an injury to former Gators starter Felipe Franks for Trask to even get on the field in Gainesville. That bad break for Franks, was a blessing for Trask, who went onto to become one of the best quarterbacks in college football in 2020, and almost helped the Gators beat Alabama in the SEC Championship game.

Trask understands his role in Tampa Bay for now.

“Yeah, I mean first and foremost, I just want to do anything I can to help the team and obviously the goal is going to be to win another Super Bowl,’’ Trask said. “And that’s going to be my main focus and whatever I can do at the end of the day to kind of lead the team in the right direction, I’ll be willing to do that.”

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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chefboho
5 months ago

Love to hear this as there’s more than a few posters who have already claimed the kid is a bust and that Brady wont help mentor the young man. Its gotta be extremely comforting to know the GOAT isn’t acting childish like another QB we all know of from Green Bay. I hope this kid can succeed and show the nay sayers that anything is possible with work, dedication, and a little goat speak.

toofamiliar17
Reply to  chefboho
5 months ago

Nobody has claimed that Brady won’t try to help the kid. The issue is that QB talent is barely transferable. There is a minimum physical capability to the position required to be excellent. There is a heavy technical side to the position. There is, obviously, a heavy mental side, the ability to see and anticipate what’s happening very quickly. And there is a preparation side, an innate willingness, nay, eagerness, to bust your butt and know what’s coming from a defense as a result of that work. In my view, Brady or any other player can really only help a… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  toofamiliar17
5 months ago

Why do you insist on repeating stupid straw man arguments? Firstly, chefboho did not write that others wrote that Brady would refuse to help him. Read his comment again – chef referred to commenters who claimed Trask is a bust. Secondly, nobody in the universe, to my knowledge, has ever claimed “QB talent is transferrable”. Dumb dumb dumb. QB knowledge of the game is obviously transferrable – which is why we have coaches in the NFL. And Tom Brady is obviously a player-coach – his own head coach Bruce Arians said exactly that a few months ago. Stick to real… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by Naplesfan
drdneast
Reply to  Naplesfan
5 months ago

Firstly?
Poor NaplesFan. I hope you are recording all the billable hours you are spending defending Trask.
Now, after the mania from the Gator faithful has dissipated, people are starting to come out of the ether and realizing that Trask adds nothing for this teams Super Cowl pursuit this season.
But perhaps he can. Let Trask move over to the holder on PAT’s and FG’s. This way we might incorporate him into going for two. It’s about all he is going to be good for.

toofamiliar17
Reply to  Naplesfan
5 months ago

Straw man argument? How do you just flat out miss him saying something in the FIRST line of his post? I know you’re not illiterate, so I guess maybe it’s just lack of attention or laziness? there’s more than a few posters who have already claimed the kid is a bust and that Brady wont help mentor the young man.\ He flat out says that posters have claimed that Brady won’t mentor Trask. Come on, Naples. Be better. Debating you isn’t even fun when it’s this easy to prove myself right. As for the transferability of QB ability, when people… Read more »

bucballer
Reply to  toofamiliar17
5 months ago

Hogwash! Brady can assist Trask on ALL things QB! “QB talent is barely transferable.” All aspects of playing QB is transferable. I mentor my youth QBs on all facets of the game! “Minimum physical capability to the position required to be excellent.” Again, hogwash. Playing QB requires stamina and the ability to quickly recover getting hit over and over again! U must do the weights too to build ur strength to sustain the physical punishment that comes from the game. You, apparently, never played QB! Brady can assist him in all aspects of playing QB in the NFL. The on… Read more »

chefboho
Reply to  bucballer
5 months ago

Agreed on all points bucballer. toofamiliar must not have played any sports in life to come up with the jargon he just spewed.

aredsoxfan1
Reply to  chefboho
5 months ago

Not sticking up for Rodgers because he is like the anti-Brady when it comes to football. All the talent in the world mostly wasted due to attitude, being a lousy teammate and having a giant ego. With all that said, the situations he and Brady are presently in are completely different. I would compare Rodgers current situation with Brady’s situation when Garroppolo was drafted in the second round to replace Brady. Brady may have been upset but he didn’t pout, he took it out on the rest of the league by having some of the best years of his career… Read more »

drdneast
5 months ago

It’s a good thing he seems so helpful.
Maybe the vet’s can use him on some lunch runs to pick up some Big Macs or Whoppers. That’s pretty much all he is good for.

gcolerick
Reply to  drdneast
5 months ago

I’ll bet he has a whopper with you name on it.

scubog
Reply to  gcolerick
5 months ago

Funny!

Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
5 months ago

Well he’s way more helpful than you are in life. I wouldn’t trust you to not eff up a Big Mac or Whopper order – you’d spend all day arguing that the Big Mac or Whopper are obviously bad choices, and a Quarter Pounder would be far more useful this season for Tom Brady, all because you want to demonstrate your superior intellect and extol your long and successful record managing NFL teams to Super Bowl championships.

drdneast
Reply to  Naplesfan
5 months ago

I love the Whopper. One of the best culinary experiences going. Just no mayo. Like Bruce Willis says to the waitress in the movie “the Whole Nine Yards,” “you put mayonnaise on my hamburger I’ll break your leg.”
Are you related to this guy? You seem so “sensitive” to anything funny written about him.

pokerpat12
5 months ago

So you’re saying Tom Brady is a class act. What a surprise!

Joseph
Reply to  pokerpat12
5 months ago

Lol yup pretty surprising tom Brady is a good teammate who would have thought

Last edited 5 months ago by Joseph
Eddie
5 months ago

Tom have one or two years left in Tampa to win another SB, and it is his primary job to do that. Not to teach new recruits. They have paid coaches for that.

thewbacca
Reply to  Eddie
5 months ago

Gonna go out on a limb and say nobody knows the role of a QB and time management like Brady. Everything the man does seems to have a purpose behind it.

Naplesfan
Reply to  Eddie
5 months ago

I’m pretty sure you are in no position to school Tom Brady on how to be a successful NFL quarterback.
Secondly, I am pretty sure that Tom Brady has taken it upon himself to be THE team leader, in the lockerroom, off the field, and on the field, and he also loves to teach his teammates what it takes to win championships in the NFL.

The Freeman
5 months ago

Without recent surgery there is no way he has time to mentor his backup

Barnz1
5 months ago

One thing I will try to say about Trask in favor is surely Licht and co would’ve had to evaluate 2022 QB prospects as they stand right now before thinking about taking a QB in 2021. Because if you don’t take one this year it has to be next year. Next year we’re projected to have bad draft capital again. Late 20’s to 32. So it’s about who you can get and who you want to groom. Maybe Trask at nearly 3rd round value they rated far more than any QB they realistically can get next year at end of… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by Barnz1
Saints Fan
5 months ago

Common sense. You’ve got to be able to get close to someone before you can stab someone.

bucballer
5 months ago

Awesome! Team work at its finest. Trask will always remember this. He will tell stories to his grandkids one day. I think Trask will be fine. It’s a great position for him to be in. He does not need to contribute right away and just immerse himself in the playbook. I think he just might surprise some people! Go Bucs

scubog
5 months ago

I wonder just how long folks are going to continue to bemoan the selection of the youngster. Like it or not, as Ronde would say, “It is what it is.” Time to get over it and wait for your chance to say, “I told you so” if Trask is merely serving as the caboose in the long train of mediocre Bucs QB draftees for the past 45 years. Then again, maybe he becomes the one to follow Tom Brady and you can repeat Dave Pear’s “Whoda thunk it?”

Naplesfan
Reply to  scubog
5 months ago

It’s all about ego and narcissism of such commenters, them being losers in life, they think they can make up for it by calling certain draft selections or free agent signings or trades, losers, and then stubbornly repeating themselves over and over and over again ad nauseum (emphasis on the “nauseum” part).

Horse
Reply to  scubog
5 months ago

Scubog, so true. I think we have had enough of the complaints. Surely winning a Super Bowl should have caused them to push the pause button..It’s okay to question moves and evaluations, but it’s time to accept what we have done and move on. The Coach is challenging the same players who got us there to prove they can do it again. Players we drafted this time all have a purpose for this season and near future seasons. I can appreciate the right to express their views, but not most of it to be negative. I know we all want… Read more »

drdneast
Reply to  scubog
5 months ago

As long as Naplesfan continues to foam at the mouth and chase his tail around I’m all for continuing.

Naplesfan
5 months ago

Tom knows what it takes to win in the NFL. Even if he goes down to injury for one or more games, he still wants to make sure that his stand-in doesn’t eff it up and cost him a chance to win another Super Bowl, or, to completely fulfill his NFL wish list, produce a perfect season. He was quoted this week saying he’d trade two Super Bowl rings for one perfect season. Every single player on the roster needs to contribute to that, and “next man up” is part of that formula for winning in the NFL. Or, to… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by Naplesfan
aredsoxfan1
Reply to  Naplesfan
5 months ago

Brady’s a cyborg. He doesn’t miss games to injury.

surferdudes
5 months ago

I liked the pick. The QB room needed some new blood. We basically replaced a career 3rd string QB, Griffin, with a player the Bucs feel has more upside. Griffin will never be a starting QB in the NFL, at least Trask has a chance. Using basically a 3rd round pick, we upgraded the most important position on the team. That’s all you can ask of a GM, improve every position group. Licht did a pretty good job of that considering where we drafted.

Dave
Reply to  surferdudes
5 months ago

100% agreed dude. QB is the most important position, not only in football, but in all of sports. And I’ll take my chances on the unknown over the known jag, 100 times out of 100. Is it more likely than not, that Trask will either be a career backup, or a 5-10 year league average/below league average starter? Absolutely. But even if there’s a 5% chance he turns out to be a top 10 QB, or a pro bowl QB, it’s worth the risk. Because, one thing that’s all but guaranteed at this point, is that Griffin isn’t a star… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by Dave
toofamiliar17
Reply to  Dave
5 months ago

I think the odds are likely even lower than that. This millennium, there has been exactly one true, high level franchise QB taken in the 2nd round – Drew Brees back in 2001. Actually, I went back through the blast THIRTY draft, and he’s the only great QB taken in the 2nd round over that entire stretch. There were 28 other quarterbacks taken in the 2nd round over those 30 years. The best of the bunch was probably Derek Carr, who’s decent enough but has never been a top 10 QB at any point in time in his career. It’s… Read more »

Dave
Reply to  toofamiliar17
5 months ago

Oh I’m fully aware of how incredibly hard it is to find long term QB’s in this league. Between 2006-2015, you can count on 1 hand how many consistent high level QB’s were drafted. However, at the same time, it’s a pass happy league, and it’s been proven over and over that you can’t consistently compete for a SB without a great QB. So while most QB picks end up as busts, you still have to take your chances. We have absolutely no future beyond Brady. Who’s our bridge QB, after TB? Gabbert? I’d rather take my chance on the… Read more »

toofamiliar17
Reply to  Dave
5 months ago

I think you take it as it comes. Nobody says you have to have a bridge QB for your aging veteran designate years in advance of his retirement. No, Gabbert isn’t going to be anything. Actually I’d say all your %’s are a bit high, haha. Based on the history of 2nd round picks, I’d say Trask is in the 3% range of becoming something great. Gabbert is maybe 1%, and I’d put Griffin at the closest to .05% or something like that. But if those numbers are even close to right, then Trask being better than the others isn’t… Read more »

Horse
5 months ago

Good to know. I hope his helps explain the situation better for those with their concerns. Go Bucs. Keep the dream alive!

drdneast
5 months ago

This just in. NFL.com just rated the Bucs 26th out of 32 teams in the draft. Main reason was the drafting of Trask, which was said,
“can’t say the same about Tampa’s second-round selection. Athleticism definitely isn’t Trask’s bag, which is fine — that’s not Bruce Arians’ type. But the Florida quarterback also isn’t known for the kind of arm strength demanded in Arians’ “No risk it, no biscuit” system. Clearly, Trask wasn’t drafted to contribute in this year’s repeat attempt, but does his long-term potential in this offense really merit a second-round pick?”
Say “Uncle” NaplesFan.

BucWonder
Reply to  drdneast
5 months ago

So NFL.com knows what type of QB will work in Arians’ system better than Arians knows. Got it.
Go Bucs!

scubog
Reply to  drdneast
5 months ago

The opinions (including yours and mine), rankings and forecasts of a team’s Draft class or it’s individual draftees mean absolutely nothing right now. So, for you to find what you assume to be a credible source that supports your opinion of the selection of Kyle Trask, for which you have echoed the past week, and thump your chest with it, is a bit premature. There are other voices out there, just as “credible” albeit still dubious, that would praise the group including the QB. What’s always been curious to me over the years is why folks’ actually hope a Bucs… Read more »

Dave
Reply to  scubog
5 months ago

Couldn’t possibly have said it better. It’s completely fine for fans to have an “opinion” on whether they liked a pick or disliked a pick. We’re fans, and we’re human. I obviously can’t say “all”, but most fans have an opinion on each pick, whether it’s good or bad. But what I don’t like, is wishing a player fails, just to say you’re right. You should want every player to succeed on the Bucs. Otherwisey, what are you even doing here

toofamiliar17
Reply to  Dave
5 months ago

I 100% hope Trask turns out great. But right now, in May of his draft year, we’re all still in the mode of reviewing and thinking about the draft. As an objective observer, I think the pick was bad, and as a diehard Bucs fan, it makes me sad that we made that pick. I’m on a Bucs blog that keeps talking about Trask, so I’m going to share that viewpoint regularly. *shrug* Nothing would be better for our team than Trask turning out to be an elite quarterback in this league. I hope he proves me wrong and does… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by toofamiliar17
Dave
Reply to  toofamiliar17
5 months ago

100% whole heartedly disagree on White. His impact is felt in a ton of ways. Between sacks, tackles, and big time plays at big time spots. He’s proof that PFF grades should be a small tool in evaluating players, and nothing more. PFF grades say that Josh Allen and Ed Oliver have been better, and common sense says that Devin White has been much more impactful than those 2. Or should we have drafted D.Bush? I’ll still take White. Or should we have taken OL J.Williams, C.Lindstrom, or G.Bradbury. Again, I’ll gladly take White over all 3(although it’s close with… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by Dave
GrayBalls
Reply to  scubog
5 months ago

This might be the most well-written comment I’ve seen on any of the Bucs boards

scubog
Reply to  GrayBalls
5 months ago

Thanks Dave & Gray Balls. I usually try to inject some much needed humor in my remarks to make the point. The absolute certainty and self induced outrage some folks display about “their own truth” can often only be scoffed at if it weren’t so disturbing.

toofamiliar17
Reply to  scubog
5 months ago

You miss the actual point with Cousins – even drastically exceeding average value and expectations for a QB taken where he was, he was a BAD pick. He’s actually become a punchline QB in the league. From 2015 when Cousins took over for RG3 full time, the best the WFT ever did with him at QB was to go 9-7 and get knocked out on Wild Card weekend. And that only happened once, with them finishing with 8 wins or fewer every other year. The Vikings, with him at the helm, have consistently tried their absolute best NOT to put… Read more »

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