New Bucs quarterback Kyle Trask doesn’t have any specific goals for his rookie season other than to come in and learn the playbook. The fact that he’s going from a prolific passing attack at Florida to another one in Tampa Bay only helps. Trask will get the chance to show what he’s learned so far as the Bucs’ rookie mini-camp begins on Friday.
A backup at Florida for his first two years, he’ll likely be a backup behind Tom Brady. And likely the third-string QB for his first two seasons in Tampa Bay.
“I’m just trying to come in with an open mind and work as hard as I possibly can. And do whatever I need to do to help the team win,” Trask said. “When you are a backup for however many years that was, you learn that you have to compete every single day. There are no days off. If your goal at the end of the day is to step on that field one day you have to compete every single day. That’s something I have taken with me since I was not a starter at Florida. It’s one thing to finally be the starter, but it’s another thing to get there and (get to) that next level. That’s what has helped me get to this point. No matter what day it is or what depth I am on the roster, I’m going to compete.”
Florida QB Kyle Trask – Photo by: USA Today
Trask, the team’s second-round pick, is aided by the fact that there are similarities between Florida’s offense and Bruce Arians’ system. Both feature vertical concepts and plenty of short screen passes to receivers and tight ends. That familiarity should help Trask quickly learn the Bucs playbook. The faster he digests Arians’ scheme, the quicker he can compete to move up the depth chart. And possibly challenge Blaine Gabbert for the backup job.
“I definitely notice some resemblance from this offense to the offense I ran at Florida,” Trask said. “There are some concepts that are pretty much the same but there is different verbiage for it. That’s another thing that has helped me transition thus far to learning the playbook. I’m looking to build off that.”
Trask was in a prolific passing attack at Florida where he was a two-year starter. He passed for a school-record 4,283 yards last year with an SEC-leading 43 touchdowns and just eight interceptions last year, while completing 68.9 percent of his passes. As a junior, Trask threw for 2,941 yards with 25 TDs and seven INTs. He said the learning process is underway in Tampa Bay and has started immediately after the draft two weeks ago.
“I’ve been studying like crazy, so I’ve been picking the plays up at a good pace so far,” Trask said. “I’ve only had a small portion of the playbook obviously because we’ve been able to study it for a couple weeks. Right now we’re on the first install for rookie mini-camp and getting ready for the first walk-through right now. They are feeding it to us a little bit at a time. And I think that’s the best way to do it.”