Baker Mayfield, Kyle Trask to get “even reps” in competition for starting job

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The Buccaneers will find out their season opening game Thursday during the NFL’s schedule release. They still won’t know who their starting quarterback is for that game.

Offensive coordinator Dave Canales said the team sees “no rush” to choose between Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask.

“For me, it’s a win-win when you create a competition,” Canales said Wednesday, via Greg Auman of “Here’s why: If you name a starter today, the backup guy starts thinking like that. But if you say this is a competition, we’re going to allow [them] to go into the preseason, let them show us they can manage, to get us into the right play, to take care of the ball, that’s going to be the determining factor, really.

“I would like to take it as far as I can. . . . Like I told [General Manager Jason Licht] early on, I will coach the crap out of whoever you give me, and whoever we decide to [start], but I’ll have them both ready.”

Mayfield, 28, has the edge in experience with 69 career starts, 16,288 passing yards and 102 touchdowns in five NFL seasons. He also has playoff experience.

Trask, 25, has attempted only nine passes since the Bucs made him a second-round pick in 2021.

The Bucs, though, didn’t hand Mayfield the job after signing him in free agency. They are giving Trask a legitimate shot.

“I’m pretty sure the guys will get even reps, and then we just go by seeing what you do every day,” quarterbacks coach Thad Lewis said. “You’re charting incompletions. You’re charting mental errors.

“Competition makes everybody great.”

6 responses to “Baker Mayfield, Kyle Trask to get “even reps” in competition for starting job

  1. When you have two potential starting quaterbacks, usually that means you have none. Sorry Buc fans

  2. In 2022 Baker Mayfield was thoroughly outplayed by PJ walker and Sam Darnold and had the worst QBR since Josh Rosen in 2018. I don’t know how he has so many excuse makers. Yes the Browns are a bad franchise but it’s in large part due to drafting bad QBs. They tanked for years and gave Mayfield an excellent roster that if they drafted Josh Allen or Lamar jackson they would have won a super bowl with. Allen and Burrow turned around bad franchises and I don’t hear that excuse for Kyler Murray who has been much better than Mayfield or any of the Jets QBs. He is a much better progressive spokesperson than QB. This should be a competition between Baker and Flo.

  3. The creamsicles, no proper starting quarterback, inconsistent o-line.

    Yep. Looks like the ole Buccaneers are back. 😂

  4. If Trask wins, they are going to have to trade for a backup QB. Mayfield probably quits if he’s not starter—a common theme for those with 1st round privilege.

  5. No idea on Trask’s ceiling but we all know Baker’s floor is not NFL starting QB and he spends a lot of time on the floor.

  6. Kyle Trask will get the start over Baker..I watched Trask as a Florida Gator, he is accurate pocket passer.

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