The race to replace Tom Brady as starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers isn’t over yet.
The first Buccaneers depth chart of the season lists Baker Mayfield “or” Kyle Trask as the starting quarterback.
The Buccaneers are set to play the Pittsburgh Steelers in their first preseason game on Friday night. According to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk, Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles hinted in the summer that it’s likely one quarterback will start against the Steelers and the other will get their chance at leading the offense against the New York Jets on Aug. 19.
Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator Dave Canales said last week that the competition has “tightened up” after Mayfield reportedly threw seven interceptions in the first nine practices. Trask, for his part, recently said that not turning the ball over remained his top focus while trying to earn the starting position.
While neither candidate will be expected to fully replace Brady, the Buccaneers will certainly need some stability at the position if they’re going to return to the playoffs.
The Buccaneers selected Trask with the 64th overall pick in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Mayfield signed with the team in March after a stint with the Los Angeles Rams to end last season.