QB - TB
Week 14 Outlook
Kyle Trask will start at quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the New York Jets in the club’s second preseason game head coach Todd Bowles announced.
Trask will follow up veteran signal caller Baker Mayfield, who was announced as the starting quarterback for the team’s first preseason game against the Steelers Friday after being named co-starter with Mayfield on the first official depth chart. Trask has impressed with his progression in his second year of camp and will look to make the most of his opportunities behind center in a starting quarterback battle that will likely come down to the wire ahead of the regular season.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have listed third-year QB Kyle Trask as the team's co-starter heading into their first preseason game on Friday.
Trask has only appeared in one game after being a second-round pick out of Florida in the 2021 NFL Draft. Playing behind Tom Brady, he hasn't had much opportunity, though he was routinely listed as the team's QB3. With an opening this season in the post-Brady era, Trask has to compete with sixth-year QB QB Baker Mayfield, who has much more in-game experience than Trask. His preseason will be crucial for receiving playing time in the regular season in 2022.
Kyle Trask has been leaning more into his physical strengths at camp.
Trask is currently in a competition for the QB1 spot in Tampa Bay with Baker Mayfield, and he is using his physical tools to try to improve for this season. He stands at 6′5″, and he claims that he's trying to use his size to play 'smoother'. Mayfield is the favorite to win the starting job right now, but Trask could make things interesting if he can utilize his physical traits better than he has in the past.
Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles praised Kyle Trask's leadership abilities Wednesday, mentioning the importance of a QB being vocal on the field and how Trask fulfills that need.
Trask is competing for the starting QB job with veteran Baker Mayfield, so any praise from the coaching staff could work to his advantage. At this time, fantasy managers don't appear to have confidence in either being a fantasy asset with Trask and Mayfield being drafted as the QB35 and QB33, respectively, according to FantasyPros consensus ADP.
Kyle Trask is still a candidate to earn the Bucs' starting QB role, although it seems Baker Mayfield may have the inside track.
The Bucs' offensive coordinator Dave Canales has said the team won't "rush to make any [roster] decisions," which leaves the door open for Trask to be the starter. If the Florida product can outshine Mayfield in a big way during the preseason and camps, he may earn the starting job. If Trask does find his way into a starting role, he could be a wavier wire add, but as it stands he should most likely remain off of draft boards in standard leagues.