The Bucs just spent a second-round pick on Florida QB Kyle Trask. This came on the heels of Tampa Bay re-signing third-string quarterback Ryan Griffin right before the draft.

So why would the team need to re-sign veteran Blaine Gabbert, too?

Gabbert won the backup job in training camp last year due to his experience playing in the NFL and his knowledge of Bruce Arians’ offense. Gabbert spent the 2017 season in Arizona before reuniting with Arians in Tampa Bay in 2019.

“I really hope that we can get Blaine done soon and go in and have normal competition,” Arians said. “Blaine has proven what he can do for us. So, yeah. Hopefully we can get that done soon.”

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Florida QB Kyle Trask – Photo by: USA Today

Should Gabbert re-sign with the Bucs as expected, he would enter the 2021 season as Tom Brady’s backup due to that knowledge. Asking Trask to be the No. 2 QB as a rookie and come in and win a game for the Bucs if something were to happen to Brady would be a tall order. Instead, Trask and Griffin would battle for the No. 3 quarterback job – a job that Trask would likely win due to his draft status.

The Bucs do need a fourth arm for training camp and Griffin would serve that role. His best chance for making the team would be if there was an injury to Brady, Gabbert or Trask in August. Then Griffin would ascend up the depth chart due to his knowledge of Arians’ offense dating back to the 2019 season.

Griffin didn’t dress for a single game last year, but Gabbert saw action in two games – against Green Bay and at Detroit. He completed 9-of-16 passes (56.3 percent) for 143 yards and two touchdowns and carried the ball nine times for 16 yards, while being sacked once.

Whether you believe in Gabbert or not, the Bucs do. Both Arians and general manager Jason Licht have spoken highly of Gabbert and what he brings to Tampa Bay.

“First of all, I love his energy,” Licht said about Gabbert on the Pewter Report Podcast. “I’ve really gotten close to Blaine this year just being on the sidelines. He’s a really smart guy but he is one guy, my scouts and I talk about this a lot, he’s just one guy that I love to watch throw every day in practice because he has got a cannon. He’s very accurate with his throws as well and he can just really whistle them in in tight windows. If he had been forced to play – he played in the Detroit game – but if he had been forced to play more I think that he would have really opened a lot of people’s eyes about how talented he is, especially being in the same system for a couple of years.”

Gabbert wants a pay increase from the $1.05 million he made last year. The Bucs appear to have the leverage, especially since drafting Trask in the second round.

Trask, who wore No. 11 at Florida, will wear No. 2 in Tampa Bay because the Bucs are saving No. 11 for Gabbert. That’s a pretty good sign that Gabbert will be back soon.

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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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Buc76
1 month ago

Gabbert would bring what Shawn King couldn’t and what Trask probably couldn’t either. You need a veteran if Brady goes down. No way a rookie can go all the way, Not sure Gabbert could go all the way either but the odds are better for him than with Trask.

Naplesfan
Reply to  Buc76
1 month ago

Well, you say that. But our own Tom Brady, who only played 3 snaps as an actual rookie, led his team to a Super Bowl Championship playing effectively as a rookie.
Never say never.

drdneast
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

So you think Trask is the second coming of Brady. LMAO. Based on what tangible facts. You Gator fans are worse than Trumpites.

cgmaster27
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

Good to see TDS is still a thing. While your geriatric of a president is spending 10 trillion im 3 months, 45 executive orders, putting our troop back to war, soaring gas prices and trips up stairs. Keep your politics to yourself tool.

drdneast
Reply to  cgmaster27
1 month ago

At least he has gotten wiser instead of fatter than your pig of a geriatric hero . You don’t seem to mind giving uber rich privileged people and corporations huge tax breaks (welfare for the rich) but when he tries to help everyday Americans by giving them a paltry $1600 a month that incenses you. Esecutive orders? Trump outdid President Obama and Biden hasn’t even come close. Troops finally being pulled out of Afghanistan so that statement is false. Soaring gas prices? They are dropping now. Gas prices go up then they go down. No President is responsible for them.… Read more »

cgmaster27
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

Haha keep making up your own facts as you say. No gas prices are not going down. And yes he is responsible considering he shut down the keystone pipeline. You cant be that foolish. Its clear you only watch cnn, how else would you be so woefully uninformed. And no i dont watch fox beforenyou even type. As for corporate taxes. Ford has already jumped a plant to mexico because of your geriatrics taxes. Biden has already beaten trumps executive orders. You clearly have no idea what youre talking about. And how about that border crisis? I thiught the kids… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by cgmaster27
drdneast
Reply to  cgmaster27
1 month ago

If Ford jumped a plant to Mexico, it was planned way before Biden took office and even if they didn’t they are still going to have to pay taxes on whatever money they make. They only save on labor costs, not taxes. Also, corporations usually build the most labor intensive parts of their company in lower wage countries. The fact I have to explain these rudimentary economic facts to you is sadly hilarious. Cancelling the Keystone Pipeline had nothing to do with gas prices rising since it wasn’t even finished and wasn’t delivering a product. Geeeesh. Gas prices are going… Read more »

Kimba
Reply to  cgmaster27
1 month ago

PEWTER REPORT PLEASE GET INVOLVED AND BAN THIS AS*HOLE FROM THE SITE NO POLITICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kimba
Reply to  Kimba
1 month ago

I’M TALKING ABOUT THE FOOL WHO STARTED THIS–DRDNEAST–HE NEEDS TO BE PERMANENTLY BANNED OTHERWISE YOUR VIEWERS ARE GOING TO SERIOUSLY PISSED OFF

scubog
Reply to  Kimba
1 month ago

I try my best not to even respond to him when he goes on a nonsensical political rant. And that probably is why those folks often ramble on unchecked and actually start to believe their own BS.

Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

As I’ve said before, I’m not a Gator, I’m a graduate of a school you never heard of in the Pacific northwest, my kids both graduated from USF. My points here are that nobody can possibly predict what Kyle Trask will do in the NFL, no matter who you are or how smart you claim to be, in opposition to all apparent evidence to the contrary. Rookies can perform poorly, and then later on learn to perform well – like Peyton Manning. And some rookies play well at the very beginning of their careers – and I provided explicit examples,… Read more »

drdneast
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

My main contention has been and always will be that Trask does absolutely nothing in helping this team win back to back Super Bows this season. Apparently that college you went to didn’t do anything for your reading comprehension.
Perhaps you should let your children explain my writings to you since they went to USF, my alma mater.

76Buc
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

I went to USF. It was an American school back then. Now it’s funded by Sheiks and Chinese communist. OBTW, they teach there too. I refuse to let my granddaughter go there.

drdneast
Reply to  76Buc
1 month ago

LMAO. Good god. If you are really serious, there is no reason to try and talk sense to a mind that has traveled so far down the rabbit hole. Don’t forget to wear your tin foil hat when you sleep.

plopes808
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

NOBODY at the bottom of the 2nd was gonna help us this season. We were in the unique position where we were able to draft for the future, and that’s just what we did.

Dave
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

You’re swearing and calling the guy an idiot. You also mention that you “provided explicit examples” of rookies playing great right out the gate. “Including our very own Tom Brady.” Our very own Tom Brady threw 3 passes, completing 1, as a rookie. So I don’t think he qualifies as someone who played great as a rookie. He qualifies as someone who played great in his 2nd season, and or someone who played great in his first chance as the starting QB

plopes808
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

What “tangible facts” were there that a 6th round pick with 3 snaps could go all the way?
His point exactly

MagicMike
Reply to  Buc76
1 month ago

Kurt Warner stepped in as a rookie in 1999 when Trent Green went down in the preseason. Warner won a Super Bowl with the Rams that year.

drdneast
Reply to  MagicMike
1 month ago

Kurt Warner had bounced around the league for a few years and was on the Rams roster the year before. He was hardly a rookie and he also had a much stronger arm. He was 28 his second year with the Rams when they went to the Super Bowl.
I know it is fashionable to make up your own facts and to base your beliefs on them, but leave that type of behavior to your Republican Party meetings.

Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

Nope – Warner’s first year in the NFL was 1998, wherein he played part of one game, with a grand total of 11 passing attempts .. then the next season he led his team to a Super Bowl championship, as effectively a rookie. No “banging around the league for a few years before”.

76Buc
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

Warner bounced around Arena Football League and NFL Europe, not the NFL. He had a brief tryout with the Packers in 1994. Saying he bounced around the NFL for a few years is fake news:)

drdneast
Reply to  76Buc
1 month ago

Thank you for clarifying his past. NFL Europe is part of the NFL, hence the NFL lettering before Europe. Fox News would lead with such a slip up.

Dave
Reply to  MagicMike
1 month ago

Yeah Warner definitely wasn’t a rookie lol

Alldaway 2.0
1 month ago

BG has better footwork, throwing motion, and actual athleticism? BG isn’t known for his accuracy.

fredster
1 month ago

There is vey little to no chance if Trask had to play next year (especially early in season) he would be ready and wouldn’t suck imo. So hopefully Gabbert signs while they figure out if Trask is the first QB they drafted in decades that doesn’t blow. Lol.

drdneast
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

Very succinct. I concur.

Naplesfan
1 month ago

If the Bucs want Gabbert on the roster, they’ll make it happen regardless of what any fans or media writers think about it. He’s an experienced quarterback, so would likely be more effective than a rookie. Maybe. On the other hand, consider other recent rookies who made an immediate impact on their teams, such as Lamar Jackson, Joe Burrow, and Justin Hebert. Those weren’t Super Bowl bound teams either, as the Bucs are likely to be this season, but still, the notion that it takes years of experience for a NFL quarterback to be functional and effective is simply not… Read more »

drdneast
1 month ago

This will go down as the worst draft in Tampa Bay’s history outside of 2016, especially if neither the first or third rounds make it for the Bucs.
If the numbers are correct, we drafted a slow footed ILB and a hopeful return man who had limited experience of performing the task in college.
But the biggest blunder was drafting a QB in the second round who hopefully won’t see the field for two years and won’t contribute a thing to the teams efforts to repeat as a Super Bowl champion.
Great job, Licht.

mark2001
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

So you are saying one of two things….you are a former Pro Scout, GM, or a certifiable expert in the draft picks with a history of unmatched qualifications in analyzing these guys. Or you are spouting garbage based upon some google research and are a couch potato self appointed expert that really knows little more than the average fan,…or maybe less. I tend to believe it is the later.

drdneast
Reply to  mark2001
1 month ago

I am only putting out an opinion based on facts provided by the NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs and Pewter Report. The big mania about Trask is from Gator fans. If the team had picked any other QB in the second round you would have thousands echoing the same thought. Personally I don’t give a damn Scarlet what college he went to, wasting a second round pick this season on a player who you won’t hope see the field for two years was a waste of a draft pick.

chefboho
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

Thankfully we have you here to help us all understand how football works. I look forward to your draft synopsis on next years class as well. That way I don’t have to waste my time reading any one else’s. It’s crazy to think we have our very own scout on the pewter report web page. It’s refreshing. Lol

Naplesfan
Reply to  mark2001
1 month ago

He is a loudmouthed knowitall asshole who is a legend in his own mind. Nothing more than that.

drdneast
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

I would thank you to watch your language little lady. My grandchild reads this column. It is an undeveloped, uneducated immature person who can’t express his thoughts without using obscene foul language.

Dave
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

Ok I’m all for questioning this draft as a whole. And certainly when compared to recent Licht drafts. But worst draft in history? Cmon man. You’re better than that. I guess you forget the early Buc years lol

cgmaster27
Reply to  Dave
1 month ago

No dave hes not better than that. Hes a tool plain and simple.

drdneast
Reply to  Dave
1 month ago

I said second worst in Bucs history. 2016 was the worst in recent Licht history which I should have stated.
That would be a good story for PR. Ranking the drafts and which ones were the best and worst in Bucs history.

Dave
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

That’s right. I meant 2nd best. and thanks for the clarification. 2nd worst in Lichts tenure, is reasonable. And I agree on that 100%

Joseph
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

Are you saying all bucs history or the licht buc era history

drdneast
Reply to  Joseph
1 month ago

Licht history. I should have been more descriptive.

drdneast
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

Anyone who has seen me post out here knows I have repeatedly said I know less than nothing about Pro-Am players coming out of college. But I can read numbers. If you have less than 15 punt returns in college, you have limited experience returning punts and if that is why you were drafted, you don’t have much of a catalog to draft the player with. If you run a 4.75 as an ILB, you are probably going to be a detriment in a pass defense in a pass happy NFL. And finally, if any of you Gator fans will… Read more »

bucballer
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

This is nothing like the Packers situation but u insist on saying so. Brady is 44. Rodgers is 35 or so. Not even remotely similar. Bucs r SuperBowl Champs. Green Bay is not. These two situations r not even remotely similar!

drdneast
Reply to  bucballer
1 month ago

Lord knows I have tried. The situation is similar. Rogers and Packer fan wanted another player who would get them over the hump to the Super Bowl. They got Love instead who did nothing. Same situation here. The future is right now, not three years down the road. Comprende.

plopes808
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

the difference here though, is that we are on the other side of that hump, not looking for a player to get us over.

scubog
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

“Worst Draft in Tampa Bay history”. Now that says a lot. The drafting bar has been set pretty low since 1976. To say this will be the worst is pretty bold. Let’s see how it plays out. Like many on here whose “truth over facts” proved to be inaccurate, you’ll join the likes of BF47, Buc Ass Bob, Big Sombrero and others who took their cyber podium elsewhere.

drdneast
Reply to  scubog
1 month ago

Well not for another three years if I am lucky because Trask will be pulling aluminum splinters our of his back side from the bench he is sitting on. Also, if and when Trask plays for the Bucs I will root for him, just as I have for every Buc QB, good or bad. To root against him would be counterproductive and idiotic. I will try this one final time. I have no personal feelings against drafting Trask. I have a problem with the Bucs drafting any QB in the second round instead of a valuable backup who could have… Read more »

Joseph
1 month ago

I really hope they don’t sign blaine if trask can’t win the backup role what was the point in drafting him in the second round and if tom brady goes down for a significant amount of time the season is over don’t kid yourself. The way they were talking about trask saying they thought about drafting him in the first round (lol) then go for it no risk it no biscuit right?

Naplesfan
Reply to  Joseph
1 month ago

Trask will more likely than not be one of three quarterbacks on the roster come opening weekend (but of course, nobody really knows – injuries, etc.). Where he is in the depth chart, we can only wait and see. But injuries happen, and he could be no. 1 of three on opening weekend, or in any other week of the season and post season.

Horse
1 month ago

As Arians would say “no biscuit no risket”. I don’t see having both Griffin & Gabbert on this team. Keep one of them and that should be good enough.

Eddie
Reply to  Horse
1 month ago

Both of them, Gabbert and Griffin both played for Arian with Gabbert actually started for Arian in another NFL team. Suspect they will be used to run the training camps spreading the Arian’s system to others.

Horse
Reply to  Eddie
1 month ago

You know that’s the best logic yet.

76Buc
1 month ago

Ah… I just love the smell of communism in the morning.

drdneast
Reply to  76Buc
1 month ago

Giving large sums of money to uber rich individuals and corporations is more like National Socialism isn’t it?