Giving Kyle Trask “A Chance” – – Tampa Bay Bucs Blog, Buccaneers News

Bucs GM Jason Licht.

Boy, did Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht and head coach Todd Bowles throw Joe a curveball yesterday.

When both gave their time to answer questions in a sidebar for Tampa Bay-area reporters, and later from general #NFLMedia, both were very careful if not very clear that third-year Bucs quarterback Kyle Trask is not being ordained the starting quarterback.

Rumors were swirling through #NFLMedia leading up to the combine that the Bucs would roll with Trask this fall. Hold up! Licht and Bowles said Trask very well could be the leader in early March but there is a ton of time before Opening Day.

Here was Licht’s take before the national crowd at the Indianapolis Convention Center podium:

“Yeah, we’re very excited about Kyle,” Licht said. “We’re very excited about him getting the opportunity to be the starter – we’d be very comfortable with that. [We’re] excited – I’ve used that word already but I really am – for him to get a chance to be with the starters in offseason, starters in training camp, starters in preseason, which he’s never done.

“He was a successful quarterback in the SEC – I mean, wildly successful. We took him in the second round for a reason – we didn’t take him in the second round just to be a third-string quarterback.

“Now, it has yet to be seen what he turns out to be, but we’re confident that it’s going to be very good.”

Joe will add Trask was drafted with the belief he would play in Bucco Bruce Arians’ no-risk-it; no-biscuit offense. Those days are done. Arians retired and his hand-picked successor to run the offense was jettisoned. A brand new coordinator not tired to Arians or the Bucs in any way is now running the offense. That’s Dave Canales.

Can Trask adapt? Bucs coaches think so.

While the Bucs say publicly Trask is in competition for the starting job, Joe senses Trask, short of faceplanting this summer, will start come September.

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