Following Tom Brady’s retirement from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the end of the 2022 season, the NFC South quarterback situation is down bad, real bad.
So bad in fact that Jason Licht, the general manager of the Bucs, seems to believe that 2021 second round pick, Kyle Trask, is the best quarterdeck in the division.
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ESPN reporter Jeff Darlington said he’s spoken with the organization and they are likely to go ahead with Kyle Trask as their Week 1 starter for 2023.
He then added that thinks that Jason Licht believes Trask is the best quarterback in the division.
The NFC South includes the Bucs, the New Orleans Saints, the Carolina Panthers, and the Atlanta Falcons.
Here’s a look at the quarterbacks currently under contract in this division:
Panthers – Matt Corral, Jacob Eason
Falcons – Desmond Ridder, Marcus Mariota, Logan Woodside
Saints – Jameis Winston, Jacob Luton, Taysom Hill (Listed at TE)
Buccaneers – Kyle Trask
Kyle Trask Needs To Step Up
Trask played a total of 10 snaps in two years in the NFL, part of a mop-up duty on Week 18 of the 2022 season. So, it’s hard to say whether he is the best quarterback in the division at this point in time.
Assuming Trask is able to adjust to the NFL and the Buccaneers do decide to make him their starting quarterback, it could be a sign of a new era in Tampa.
With Tom Brady, the Bucs went to three straight playoff seasons, one of only three teams in the NFL that have done so, along with the Bills and Chiefs. The GOAT also led them to a Super Bowl Championship in the 2020 season.
Trask would need to be able to step up and perform at a high level in order to keep his starting job. There would likely be some initial struggles and growing pains as Trask adjusts to the NFL, but if he is able to develop quickly and perform well, he could help lead the Buccaneers to continued success.
Whether or not the Buccaneers decide to make Kyle Trask their starting quarterback will depend on a variety of factors, including his development, the team’s salary cap limitations, and the opinions of the coaching staff and front office.
Ultimately, Jason Licht might be simply trying to show confidence in the player he drafted. Only time will tell whether Trask can live up to the expectations and become the best quarterback in the division.