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The Bucs drafted Kyle Trask in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft expecting him to be the quarterback of the future. It’s a good thing the future appears to be two years away with Tom Brady under contract through 2022. Trask had a shaky and uneventful first day of training camp on Sunday as the Bucs kicked off the 2021 season.

Splitting reps with Ryan Griffin on field two during practice, Trask looked like the team’s fourth-string quarterback, which is what he is right now. Griffin, who is entering his seventh year in Tampa Bay and his third season in Bruce Arians’ offense, is the third-string QB and looked like an experienced veteran on Sunday. Griffin connected on most of his passes in 11-on-11 drills against the Bucs backups, throwing touchdown passes to wide receivers Jaydon Mickens, Josh Pearson and Cyril Grayson and tight end Jerell Adams.

Trask didn’t get the benefit of working with the best offensive linemen, trying to get off passes behind third- and fourth-stringers. He was often under pressure and did a better job of connecting on short, quick passes than downfield. Yet Trask misfired on a quick smoke route down the line of scrimmage to Pearson.

Bucs QB Kyle Trask

Bucs QB Kyle Trask – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Trask’s downfield shots were off, either underthrown or overthrown. He missed Travis Jonsen twice, first on a deep post pattern down the middle when he got a step on the defense. Then two plays later Trask couldn’t connect with Jonsen, who was defended by cornerback Dee Delaney. Trask also put too much air under an end zone pass intended for receiver T.J. Simmons, Jr. The ball hung up in the air too long and allowed rookie cornerback Cameron Kinley to swat it away.

The Florida product also had a slow start to rookie mini-camp before settling in and finishing stronger. Considering this was his first day of training camp, an uneven day of practice could be expected due to nerves. Expect Trask to progress as camp goes. And there’s no rush. Blaine Gabbert is firmly entrenched as Brady’s backup this year.

It’s expected that Griffin might be the practice squad quarterback this year while Trask is the No. 3 – given his draft status. But on Sunday during the first day of Bucs 2021 training camp, Griffin was clearly the best quarterback on field two. Trask needs to work on developing his arm strength and anticipation, and that will come in time working with quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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buccaneerNW
1 month ago

I’m not sure they expect him to be the QB of the future, as Scott asserts… though maybe he has inside info saying they do. I think the only thing that we know is they like him well enough that they think he could be a capable backup or compete for a starting job one day, which is reasonable for a 2nd round QB.

Eddie
Reply to  buccaneerNW
1 month ago

Should Trask be already working on his arm strength since being drafted? If he had, his arm strength must really be bad before the strength training.

Captain Sly
Reply to  Eddie
1 month ago

Arm Strength is not something you can just develop, that’s a gift from above. “Touch” is something that a qb can develop and maybe that’s what Scott meant to say. Personally I’m not worried about how Trask looks 1st day of training camp. Report back to me after some preseason games with live bullets flying all around you because nothing reveals character like Pressure.

fredster
1 month ago

If Trask isn’t capable of being a back up this year and a starter next year or so then he was wasted 2nd rd pick!!!! Period. Not making predictions but I wouldn’t picked him or any QB this year. Will see.

Horse
1 month ago

Why have you started this crap already Scott? Of course he’s the 4th QB right now. Everyone else are senior veterans. He will need coaching. No one is expecting much from him the next few months, if at all this season. Bucs might carry 4QB’s in the beginning of the season.

bucballer
Reply to  Horse
1 month ago

Exactly! The Bucs drafted a position of need. Our starting QB will be 44! Let me say that again. Our starting QB will be 44! I trust BA and his judgment. Do u really think BA wanted to just waste a 2nd round pick? It was the kid’s first pro practice. Give the kid a break.

Buc76
1 month ago

The guy is a rookie. It’s day 1. You are wasting an article on this. Write something like next year after he has a season under his belt. This team has Tom Brady as a starter. Come on Scott

chefboho
Reply to  Buc76
1 month ago

Agreed. It’s just first pro day and against veterans. Let’s let the kid get used to the environment he’s in fir awhile before we label him a bust.

scubog
1 month ago

Welcome to Bucville Mr. Trask. While most of our heads were spinning the first day of our careers after college; you, on the other hand, will be expected to perform like the most experienced sage. “What a dumb ass college boy………. can’t even load the copier.” If your reported “shaky, uneventful first day” continues into day two or three, the calls of “bust” will ring out and they won’t be referencing one in Canton. But alas, if you come out in the final preseason game and perform well you might just become the next Randy “Why not Minot” Hedberg.

Horse
Reply to  scubog
1 month ago

Scubog, did you go to the Practice? Any injuries?

scubog
Reply to  Horse
1 month ago

I’m going this coming Saturday and Sunday and next Saturday.

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