When Baker Mayfield joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a few months ago, it was widely expected that he would ultimately win the starting quarterback job after the departure of Tom Brady. But it sure sounds like the team hasn’t ruled out Kyle Trask winning the job.
During a recent press conference, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dave Canales admitted that Baker Mayfield likely had the edge at first, but claimed that the competition has “absolutely” tightened.
“First couple of days, I think the experience that Baker brings — just playing in games, being in camps, going through installs — you could see where the offense was jelling really well,” Canales said, via Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times. “The timing of the snaps and all that is really critical for us, so probably a little bit of an edge for Baker to start off, just in terms of the smoothness of the offense.
But it just took a couple of days for Kyle to really settle in, and then what we saw is, the last two practices Kyle really showed what he can do: stretching the field with his arm, getting the ball out quickly, making decisions. So I’m really excited about both of those guys and the progression that they’ve made throughout the last couple of days.”
It’s a pretty major update, and the NFL world had plenty to say about it on social media.
yea, a race to the bottom
— gregorian haydlius (@Gregh1977H) August 2, 2023
Battle of mid
— (Attempted) Unbiased Football Fanatic (@seeeeaaaahawks) August 2, 2023
Competition for Caleb maybe
— REX (@PapaRexGoBucs) August 2, 2023
Start Trask https://t.co/Sn5Jdl5yG1
— Robert Pina (@Robert_Pina) August 2, 2023
AKA: Bucs are definitely in the Caleb Williams Sweepstakes https://t.co/n1YBu0kEA9
— JU-Bron , The People’s Champion🤨 (@Jugg_Que_Naut) August 2, 2023
It will certainly be interesting to see which quarterback ultimately wins the job.