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.”

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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.”

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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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drdneast
1 month ago

So great, all we need to do now is schedule Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Arkansas to help Trask out. Unfortunately for Trask, the NFL is more like Alabama, Oklahoma and LSU week after week. I weep for our lost second round pick.

MCBRICKEL
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

Bucs fans don’t cry.

LIBucsFan93
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

Funny That 2 of Trasks best games this past season were against Alabama and Georgia. Some Bucs fans are never happy unless they are complaining about something.

Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

So great, we have to listen to you bitch and moan and complain like a bitter old man because you won’t leave us alone here at PR.

BucHarbour
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

I want someone to hand him a doll and ask where the mean ol’ Trask guy touched him and hurt him. It’s getting ridiculous at this point. Even if you don’t like the pick, you should at least root for the guy to succeed since he’s our player now.

drdneast
Reply to  BucHarbour
1 month ago

‘I’m just stating facts. You Gator fans sure are awful sensitive. I’ll root for him if, god forbid, he ever starts or comes into a game.

captain ahab
1 month ago

I suppose I am in the minority here, I like the Trask pick. Most QB’s drafted after the first round have little success, I think Trask has a real shot at being a good NFL QB.

Naplesfan
Reply to  captain ahab
1 month ago

Not a minority. We’ve got a tiny handful of chronic bitchers who post about 100 comments per thread bitching about the Trask pick.
In other words, typical internet trolls infest these threads.

drdneast
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

LOL. If you ever want to meet me in person I will give you my seat number and you can come by and say hello at a Bucs game. But then you are going to have to dig down in your pocket and buy a ticket Naplesfan. I’m probably one of the few posters out here who has season tickets and have had them since 1980.

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

LoL here’s your cookie 🍪. You actually feel so little that you’re trying to show how much more of a fan you are by saying where you have sat for the last 40 years. The funny part is that doesn’t prove anything. Bucs tickets throughout majority of the franchises history has been relatively cheap and you took advantage of it. Good for you. It’s not like you’re a life long season ticket holder for the Steelers, packers, or any team with pedigree on that level. You’re still a troll regardless of the seat you’ve been sitting in for 40 years.… Read more »

bucballer
Reply to  captain ahab
1 month ago

I don’t believe u r in the minority my friend! It’s just the few naysayers won’t give it a rest! The team supports the Trask pick… they r the ones who put many hours in on the draft and actually made the pick…and so do most of the fans! Why would u not support our Buccaneer players if ur a true fan?

bucballer
1 month ago

There’s absolutely no evidence to suggest that Trask cannot/will not be a successful NFL QB. We should be wishing the kid well and not tearing him down because we don’t “like” him. Give the kid a chance to produce some tape. We should support all of our Buccaneer players!