Bucs quarterback Kyle Trask didn’t throw a single pass during his rookie season.

The team’s second-round pick last April didn’t even dress for a single game.

Instead of donning a red Bucs jersey in 2021, it was a redshirt for Trask.

In fact, the only jersey he put on during the season was an orange practice jersey. Trask was the team’s fourth-string quarterback behind legendary Tom Brady, backup Blaine Gabbert and practice squad veteran Ryan Griffin.

Bucs QB Kyle Trask

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

“He’s not really even our scout team quarterback because he’s the fourth-string guy,” Bucs quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen told Pewter Report in an exclusive interview. “He alternates those reps.”

So is Trask ready to contend for the starting job now that Brady has retired after 22 years in the NFL, including the last two in Tampa Bay?

That’s something Tampa Bay will have to contemplate this offseason based on the limited reps he got in the preseason and in practice.

But whether or not the team pursues another veteran quarterback or wants to give Trask a shot at starting in 2022, here is what the Bucs think about Trask.

The team is very happy with his development behind the scenes.

The Bucs even believe Trask is better and has more upside than any of the quarterbacks in this year’s draft class.

Trask was chosen with the 64th overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. The team thinks he would be drafted even higher had he come out in this year’s quarterback class.

So what has the Bucs excited about Trask’s development?

“The biggest thing we’ve done is get him a bunch of technique work between practices and after practice,” Christensen said. “Working on his technique, his arm strength, and we’ve really worked hard on trying to get his feet quickened up. He’s a good athlete, but just working on quickness in the pocket and working with his feet.

“We’ve worked on his stroke a little bit, too. We’ve had the luxury of getting the chance to do that. Usually you don’t have the chance to. There has been no urgency with him having to play this year. He’s dropped some weight with the emphasis being on quickness and his throwing motion.”

The 6-foot-5, 236-pound Trask is a big pocket passer. Physically, he is a perfect fit for Bruce Arians’ offense.

Yet Trask hasn’t really lost weight so much as he has transformed his body by muscling up and reducing his body fat index thanks to the Bucs strength and conditioning program.

“The strength coaches are working with his quickness and his weight and his body makeup,” Christensen said. “It’s John Van Dam, who is a quality control coach, helping him with this or that. I think it’s been as much body makeup as it has been losing weight.

Bucs QB Kyle Trask

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

“For these guys it’s the first time that all they have to do is football. There’s no classes, no other things. For a lot of these guys their body is changing a little bit because you are working on it all year-round. It is your job now. There is no distraction. I think he feels a lot better physically. We work on his feet – that’s with every quarterback. But with him he’s really benefited from that.”

Trask completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 7,386 yards with 69 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his three seasons at Florida where he was a two-year starter. As a senior he led the SEC, passing for a record 4,283 yards with 43 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Trask’s favorite target  with the Gators was tight end Kyle Pitts, who was the Falcons’ first-round pick. Pitts came out in support of Trask on Twitter on Tuesday following Brady’s retirement announcement.

Trask had very few reps in practice during training camp. So it was no surprise he struggled in his first two preseason games in Tampa Bay. Trask completed just 4-of-15 passes for 35 yards with several drops against Cincinnati. He saw more playing time the next week against Tennessee where he completed 13-of-26 passes for 131 yards with no touchdowns, two interceptions and a fumble.

The good news is that Trask ended the preseason on a high note, completing 12-of-14 passes for 146 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Tampa Bay’s 23-16 win at Houston.

“It gave Kyle a boost going into a long, long stretch of not playing,” Christensen said. “And also probably confirmed in his mind, ‘Hey, I can do this.’ You probably come into the NFL and you have some doubts until you do it, and then that last game gave him a little jolt. ‘Hey, I can do this – and that was fun.’”

The Bucs liked Trask’s improvement during the preseason and behind the scenes during the season. But it remains to be seen if the team thinks he’s ready to compete for the right to replace Brady in 2022.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 27th 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 coordinator/defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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Buc76
Buc76
4 months ago

NO. Kyle Pitts wants to win the NFC South. Trask will help him do that. Look at Jimmy Garrapolo. Great players won’t stay here and they won’t come here.

Buc stops here
Buc stops here
Reply to  Buc76
4 months ago

I guess Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Leonard Fournette won’t come because they are great players. Oh wait, they did that already! Sure in the past the better players would not come, but times change. Even Jason Licht who was a disaster the first couple of years learned from his mistakes and managed to put together a team within 6 years won a Super Bowl against all expectations. Never say never.

eaustinyoung
eaustinyoung
4 months ago

No one will know until he plays. I remember when Bucs fans thought Josh Freeman was the future after a 10-win season.

chefboho
chefboho
4 months ago

I know this is a tough subject especially for people like Dr. D. who have written him off without even playing a meaningful snap. I just don’t have faith in Gabbert as I’ve seen him look lackluster in every preseason or live snap hes taken. You have to see what you have in Trask so i say get him ready and have him compete for the starting job. All these other teams have struck gold when drafting these QB’s. Its time to see if the bucs can finally have a franchise QB on their hands.

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  chefboho
4 months ago

I don’t know where any of you went to school but apparently they didn’t teach reading comprehension there. All I have ever said about Trask was he was a wasted pick last year for a team whose main goal was to go to the Super Bowl. I was right. A CB, an inside linebacker, another edge rusher, WR or even an offensive tackle may have helped us achieve that goal. As it was, the players we did draft didn’t do squat and I don’t blame Shoyinka for his mundane stats due to the coaching staff wanting to play a one… Read more »

chefboho
chefboho
Reply to  drdneast
4 months ago

Yeah that’s exactly the point. So if we didn’t draft him then we’d be stuck right now with ZERO QB’s besides Gabbert and no one can convince me that he is the answer. He’s been in the league too long to not show he was a capable starter. I do agree 100% that they’re misusing Tryon by not giving him one position to learn. It’s too much especially when JPP was playing so much more over him.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
4 months ago

You’re blowing smoke and are full of shit, drdneast. By claiming that Trask was a wasted draft pick, you presumed (incorrectly) that there is no value in having an understudy quarterback behind the GOAT, and that all we lacked to go to the Super Bowl was a single late second round draft pick – in a season when about 3/4 of the team’s starters missed multiple games due to injuries. And even with all that, the Bucs still produced the best record in all franchise history, ran the number 1 ranked offense and the no 5 ranked defense, won the… Read more »

Kimba
Kimba
4 months ago

Lets roll with Kyle Trask and use free agency and the draft to build an awesome defense. Keep the o line intact as much as possible, sign cody mcelroy–he has chemistry with our new QB. We can make this work adjust the play book as needed sign Godwin. Get rid of some of the old warriors except keep LD54. Replace the old guys with decent draft picks Draft Defense! Go Bucs!

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Kimba
4 months ago

Adjust the playbook for Trask.?We didn’t even adjust it when we knew Brady was going to be under siege by the Rams.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
4 months ago

The play book is not designed for a single game, dude. It is designed for an entire season if not longer. Actual play calls are made in game, and in the case of TB-12, he called all the plays at the line of scrimmage himself.

Buc-Up
Buc-Up
4 months ago

He needs to embrace the TB12 Method and hire Alex Guerrero.

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Buc-Up
4 months ago

Can anyone tell me of one QB from Florida who has succeeded in the NFL.

BucHarbour
BucHarbour
Reply to  drdneast
4 months ago

This is a really stupid way to think about QB’s. The guy who coached him is the guy who coached Dak Prescott, right? There are many schools who’ve had only one or two QB’s have success in the NFL. Trask has the right skill set to win in the NFL – which is almost always driven by the ability to quickly read defenses and get the ball to the right player in the right location. He excelled at this in college, and started to do so in the Titans game, with a great game against the Texans. So instead of… Read more »

Knightrider79
Knightrider79
Reply to  drdneast
4 months ago

This is the dumbest comment I’ve ever seen. By this logic then Toledo should be a powerhouse because it gave us Big Ben. Michigan is a powerhouse because it gave us TB12. If that’s your measuring stick then you need a new stick

Buc-Up
Buc-Up
Reply to  drdneast
4 months ago

Cam Newton but he left UF for 1yr at a JUCO then 1yr at Auburn

Joseph
Joseph
4 months ago

Would have been nice to see Trask in some of those garbage time moments instead of gabbert who everyone knows what he is instead of hiding him in the closet and saying well we are really excited about him though he hasn’t had any reps or played any football lol

Eddie
Eddie
Reply to  Joseph
4 months ago

Maybe that alone told us something about Trask’s readiness.

Knightrider79
Knightrider79
Reply to  Eddie
4 months ago

I don’t think so. Remember in Rodgers’ rookie year we never saw him take the field. It happens

Michael76
Michael76
Reply to  Knightrider79
4 months ago

Rodgers wasn’t fourth string. He was playing behind HOF Farve, who was the Ironman (someone who had long string of starting/playing) Farve hated Rodgers, ridiculed Rodgers… and definitely didn’t/ wouldn’t contribute to Rodgers development (the heir apparent drafted in the first round, at a time when they should have surounded Farve with people to make a run at another championship… sound familiar?

Knightrider79
Knightrider79
Reply to  Michael76
4 months ago

Rodgers still didn’t see the field. You didn’t address my original point at all lol

BucHarbour
BucHarbour
4 months ago

While I like some of the information in this article, what would be nice is to get an actual feel for where he is now. Has all of this work helped him improve those little issues he has? A little more please!

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  BucHarbour
4 months ago

That can’t happen unless and until the coaching staff gives Kyle Trask the reps in practice.

twspin
twspin
4 months ago

If the Bucs do not go after Wilson or Watson, we will be an 8-9 team next season..If that. Rodgers ain’t comin to Tampa. Forget about it. Trask is gonna go the way of Lawrence in Jags country. And Gabbert? Hold on let me get me Tums! If we gonna go with Trask then you’d better have a great Defense to stop somebody. And currently we do not have that. Sorry but I can clearly see the Drought coming.

Selmon-63
Selmon-63
Reply to  twspin
4 months ago

And we have a killer schedule next year.

Knightrider79
Knightrider79
Reply to  twspin
4 months ago

Wilson doesn’t throw to the middle of the field and Watson is, well, Watson.

surferdudes
surferdudes
4 months ago

A close family friend of ours went to school with his cousin Tanner Rowl, and Trask at UF. Tanner’s dad was Emmit Smith’s fullback back in the day at UF. That’s how the kid we know became friends with Trask. When we drafted Trask I asked our friend for some insight into the kid, here is what he told me. Trask is all about football, he lives for it. Not much of a party goer, humble, liked by all, and friend to all. Hard working dude, no conceit meaning he didn’t act like the big man on campus because he… Read more »

BucHarbour
BucHarbour
Reply to  surferdudes
4 months ago

Too many people want to shoot him down before he’s played his first meaningful snap because some scouts say he has a “weak” arm which is clearly not the case. He might not be a cannon arm, but the league is littered with QB’s who had a cannon arm and nothing upstairs to direct it. Trask appears the have the football brains to go with an arm that has good, not great, arm strength. Upstairs is where the best QB’s have the advantage. The greats all have the ability to dissect defenses. Will Trask be great? No idea. But I… Read more »

Knightrider79
Knightrider79
Reply to  BucHarbour
4 months ago

Aikman really didn’t have a cannon arm, he had accuracy, same with Montana. Guys can succeed despite having faults. I mean look no further than Drew Brees. He was considered too short to play in this league. Same with Wilson.

German Buc
German Buc
Reply to  BucHarbour
4 months ago

There was a scout report about a certain QB that said
–Poor build 
–Skinny
–Lacks great physical stature and strength
–Lacks mobility and ability to avoid the rush
–Lacks a really strong arm
–Can’t drive the ball downfield
–Does not throw a really tight spiral
–System-type player who can get exposed if forced to ad lib
–Gets knocked down easily
And you all know how it worked for two decades in Boston and for two fabulous years in Tampa!

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  BucHarbour
4 months ago

What Trask DOES have is great accuracy and great touch on the ball, and when his receiver gets open down field, he routinely gets the ball to him where only he can catch it. Seems like that’s a lot more valuable in the NFL than the mythical “cannon arm”. See, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, etc. For what you get with only a cannon arm and nothing much above the shoulders is Jameis Winston, and we know what that produced in the NFL all too well.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  surferdudes
4 months ago

Tom Brady wasn’t even a star in his first several years under center in New England. The Pats teams in those days were all about their defense and their running game. Brady’s stats were mediocre. He didn’t really come into his present form until about his 5th season. He certainly did not have to carry his team into his first couple of Super Bowls.

pinkstob
pinkstob
4 months ago

I cautiously pessimistic about Trask being our long term solution at QB. That’s an upgrade over simply being pessimistic before reading this article.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  pinkstob
4 months ago

I had no idea there were levels of being pessimistic. Hysterical!

Bradley Smith
Bradley Smith
4 months ago

Looking at the state of other NFC South teams, they still might win the division with a second tier QB. Less to look forward to now for next season though. It will be a much different team and the cap situation looks a little grim. No need to overpay to keep Davis and Cappa. They have a history of paying a premium to keep there players like Barrett and Smith. No need to do this in a state with no income tax and nice weather. Godwin may be the only exception

Spitfire
Spitfire
4 months ago

I think it’s criminal that they didn’t at least dress Trask this year. I get wanting him to just get himself prepared, almost like a warmup year to catch up strength wise and speed wise to help his development, but not getting to dress and stand on the sidelines with the clipboard to watch Brady and work directly with Brady was a real missed opportunity. I have a feeling they were hoping this next year would have been the year for that but Brady bailed. They should have had Trask on Brady’s hip the entire season just soaking up knowledge… Read more »

magoobee
magoobee
4 months ago

Realistically the Bucs are in rebuild mode. Sign your young players, let the vets walk and rebuild cap space. Give Trask a shot at QB. In two years if he is not working out, the Bucs probably get the #1 pick and can take Bryce Young.

Michael76
Michael76
Reply to  magoobee
4 months ago

Spoken as a long time Buc fan… with the one caveat being… beyond Steve Young (who was a disaster here), how’s our history of Drafting QB’s?

German Buc
German Buc
Reply to  Michael76
4 months ago

I’ve heard a guy named Doug Williams wasn’t so bad either.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  German Buc
4 months ago

Loved Dougie, but he was no star when he was a Buc. Barely completed 50% of his passes. What he had was “it” and the players believed in him. Michael 76 is right. Out history of drafting and filling the position through trades and free agency has been ……………..questionable.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Michael76
4 months ago

Young was not a “disaster here”. The Bucs were a disaster here. In the same way that it was not Trevor Lawrence who was a disaster in his rookie team – his Jags team (and especially the coaches!) was a disaster. In the same way that Troy Aikman was not a disaster in his rookie season, it was the Cowboys team that was a disaster. In the same way that Peyton Manning was not a disaster his rookie season, it was the Colts who were a disaster. Some fans have such miniscule NFL memories. In general, when a quarterback is… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Naplesfan
scubog
scubog
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 months ago

You’re right Naples. Folks nowadays expect instant success, but it’s much more common for those highly drafted QB’s to end up on a lousy team only to struggle and often end up a failure when they lose their confidence.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  magoobee
4 months ago

No rebuild, just refresh. There won’t be a mass sell off of talent – we have the most capable front office in the league who certainly know how to sustain a quality roster.

Knightrider79
Knightrider79
4 months ago

So I’m a Gators fan and I’ve watched this kid from day one. He was a walk-on and earned a scholarship. He sat for 2 years and worked his tail off. He finally got his chance and all he did was lead Florida to the SEC championship. He’s gonna work hard at his craft because that’s what’s gotten him this far. He did the same in high school. He wasn’t the started but through hard work he earned the job. Everywhere he’s played his coaches and his players love him. Kyle Pitts didn’t have to tweet out about him but… Read more »

surferdudes
surferdudes
Reply to  Knightrider79
4 months ago

That’s what I got from someone who actually knows him.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Knightrider79
4 months ago

In many respects Trask resembles Tom Brady, who by the way didn’t play a snap until his second year in the league, and who even then did not light it up but rather provided the calm, hard working leadership needed by a team that had a strong defense, great offensive line, and a good rushing attack.

Sound familiar?

Spruce
Spruce
4 months ago

I guess he’s not the prototypical NFL QB de jour packing speed and mobility but he’s big and can chuck the tater. Having a year to develop a luxury.
Give him a chance. Sure you could sign one of the numerous competent but unspectacular QB’s that are always floating around but that isn’t the way to go unless you have no other choice. He’ll have weapons and the defense should be darn good with a few tweaks. A division title very much in the cards next season.

Theerealdiehl
Theerealdiehl
4 months ago

“The team is very happy with his development behind the scenes. The Bucs even believe Trask is better and has more upside than any of the quarterbacks in this year’s draft class. Trask was chosen with the 64th overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. The team thinks he would be drafted even higher had he come out in this year’s quarterback class. Scott, I highly respect you as a reporter and analyst, but how do you know this? Which coaches have uttered those phrases and when? I love Trask (as a UF grad/fan) and I think he’s got potential,… Read more »

Michael76
Michael76
Reply to  Theerealdiehl
4 months ago

Name a player that didn’t announce that the 1-12 opponent they were about to play were a good team, and that they would have to bring their A game.
enough said

Theerealdiehl
Theerealdiehl
Reply to  Michael76
4 months ago

I see now that Scott was going off of Lucht’s press conference yesterday. I think Trask could be very good – don’t be mistaken.

Knightrider79
Knightrider79
Reply to  Theerealdiehl
4 months ago

Jon Ledyard said that the consensus around the senior bowl was that if Trask came out this year he’d be the #1 QB

The Freeman
The Freeman
Reply to  Knightrider79
4 months ago

probably will be in the mix with Pickett and Corral but not the clear #1!

Theerealdiehl
Theerealdiehl
Reply to  Knightrider79
4 months ago

I mean that doesn’t mean much in a “weak” QB class. There have been “strong” classes of players where not one has been successful, but in KT I’m trusting until proven otherwise I suppose

The Freeman
The Freeman
4 months ago

who really wants to pass after the GOAT?
imo need a stopgap to take the heat… then you can rebuild with realistic expectation from your fan base!
only smart strategy should be to rebuild, clean up the salary cap mess and acquire more future draft picks with some trades… unlikely under BA.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  The Freeman
4 months ago

No need to rebuild, the Bucs aren’t going to conduct a fire sale on their existing talent, which is built to win a Super Bowl. Refresh, of course. A couple of the older guys may retire, naturally. Between free agency, perhaps a trade, and of course the draft every team is going to get refreshed every year.