“He Could Be The Future”

May 9th, 2021
Ian Beckles

Thoughts on new Bucs QB.

Ian Beckles was talking Bucs draft. So Joe was listening.

The former Bucs guard and current popular local sports radio personality was discussing the Bucs draft and overall seemed to like it.

However, Beckles, as he said on his podcast “In the Trenches,” seemed to sense a lot of smoke-blowing about second-round pick Florida quarterback Kyle Trask. A lot of folks say Trask will benefit from watching park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, handshake-stiffing, jet-ski-losing, biscuit-baking, tequila-shooting, smartphone-phobic, waffle-grilling, trophy-throwing, roller-coaster-scared, numbers-rules-peeved, Bucs-Super-Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady.

Tap the brakes, Beckles advised.

“Listen, just because you played behind Tom Brady or a year or two years [behind Brady] doesn’t mean you are going to be great,” Beckles said. “‘Oh, he can learn from Tom Brady’ — it doesn’t mean anything.

“When you bring in Kyle Trask for the next couple of years, he could be the future, but he doesn’t have to be the future. Nobody said he is the next starter.”

Still, Beckles didn’t mind the pick and claims he is not anti-Trask. He’s just trying to use reason.

“Blaine Gabbert isn’t the answer,” Beckles said. “Ryan Griffin has never been the answer. And Tom Brady is going to be gone soon. So you better have an arm in here. And Kyle Trask is that guy.”

Beckles had other thoughts about the draft. He liked the versatility of offensive lineman Robert Hainsey. And he sees massive potential for receiver Jaelon Darden.

“He’s just one of those kids, you’ve just got to get him the ball,” Beckles said. “You gotta get him the ball! He’s kind of like a Tyreek Hill. He’s got speed. He’s got big-play potential. It’s going to be hard to make this damn team though.”

For Mr. Irrelevent, linebacker Grant Stuard, Beckles sees a special teams future and thinks Stuard may sell jerseys.

“This kid Grant Stuard, I’m going to make a prediction real quick,” hebegan. “He’s going to become a crowd favorite. The fans are going to love him. He plays like his hair is on fire and by the way, his hair is Fan. Tas. Tic. He’s got a great head of hair on him.

“Look for Grant Stuard to make a splash, with the fans for sure.”

As always, Beckles welcomes feedback and encourages listeners to submit Bucs questions by e-mailing him at IanBeckles@RadioInfluence.com.

31 Responses to ““He Could Be The Future””

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    I thought all the picks blew our d*cks off (except the 2nd rounder)

  2. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    wasted pick

    ……………..why does our GM always bomb in the 2nd round is beyond me???

  3. Bird Says:

    The fun guys crew ^^^^^

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    Anytime you say “always” or “never”….you are usually wrong…

    How about Antoine Winfield Jr., Carlton Davis, Rojo, SMB

  5. SB~LV Says:

    There was a Bucs special teams ACE in the 90’s that was a crowd favorite, he was TE size and his name was McCarthy or something like that. He pre official team warm up when players from both teams are out warming up and talking with each other, he wore a shirt from Tampa PD .. in big letters it spelled out

  6. SteveK Says:


    TheBucsAnthem Says:
    May 9th, 2021 at 8:15 am
    wasted pick

    ……………..why does our GM always bomb in the 2nd round is beyond me???”

    – what was your stance on Jameis Winston? If you can’t see any potential on Trask, then what did you think about Jameis? Were you an apologist? It’s funny to see a lot of Jameis apologists have their fan settings on “auto-doubt” for any other QB. Hilarious and wrong as debunked by TB12 in one year.

  7. Hodad Says:

    Needed a new young arm in the room. Whether it was Trask, Hill, or Mond you can debate, but they all got drafted together, 64, 66, 67. So the pick came right where it was supposed to. Let you know in three years who of the three panned out.

  8. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    There wasn’t a QB in this draft that was put in a better situation to succeed than Trask. We’ll worth spending a 2nd round draft pick, especially in a year where we had no major holes. Plus, rarely does a team have the luxury to enter the draft solely picking for special teams, backups and future stars.

  9. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    @ SteveK

    You obviously are new to this site, so let me educate you a little bit kid….

    I was on the official Tamapa Bay Buccaneers message boards before the Bucs won their first Superbowl…..so I’ve seen posters come-n-go and spew trash and non-sense all the time. Then this website popped up…….and so there it goes …….

    Nobody cares about your past and just about the present……..but I’ve always been critical of players asides from media spun popular opinions…’

    I have been critical of Jameis Winston for a very very very long time if you anyone goes back and sees my posts………..so in no way am I considered an Apologist for him.

    Regardless of what Jameis Winston has done in this league, he still has all the Physical tools to become a good starting Quarterback in this league IF and I say IF he can somehow get it together mentally………….BUT I don’t think that’ll ever happen.

    Jameis Winston will be a career backup IMO. He may even win a SB in a temporary starting role……..but I just don’t think he’ll ever be a full time strater again in the NFL.

  10. WhatTheBuc Says:

    You can’t be serious. That just shows how little you know about football. Sure Licht blew some 2nd round picks. So has every GM in the history of football. The truth is Licht picked Marpet and Smith in the same draft. He also drafted Davis, SMB and Winfield in back to back to back drafts. That’s in 7 drafts. Go back to your mommy’s kitchen and tell her happy mother’s day and thanks for letting you live with her.

  11. Kev@Inverness Says:

    Yep, I can verify BucsAnthem has been blabbing BS on here for years.

  12. SB~LV Says:

    Before the Official Buccaneers message board
    There was the pioneer of www sports and general message boards
    The St Petersburg Times “Armchair QB” run by Steve Spears
    and it was the Wild Wild West of Internet forums …😀

  13. SteveK Says:

    Ty for your reply!

    Been commenting w my same moniker in JBF
    For almost 10
    Years now
    Thanks for the discussion!

  14. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    @ SB~LV

    Yeah…………..there were only a few select websites for Bucs news back then………..kinda like the glory days for bucs fans cause we were all considered outsiders for such a bad franchise….

    I loved it when the Bucs website showed that macromedia cartoon of the Pirate Ship shooting down other ships before the games from the bucs official website…..that’d get my week started off with a blast…

    Oh well………days gone by

  15. Youngbucs Says:

    Bucsanthem why you lying to SteveK don’t make me go in the archives.

  16. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Wasted pick statement about Trask is just plain arrogant, no matter how long you have posted as a Buc fan on any site. We just do not know. We will all see if he can play. He has every reason why he will succeed, but no one honestly knows. GO BUCS!!!

  17. Youngbucs Says:

    SteveK he’s an apologist and that’s ok but own it. He also talked trash about Brady how did that work out?

  18. Paul Wartenberg Says:

    Anybody claiming our Second Round picks are utter disasters under Licht need to be tackled by Antonie Winfield.

    Yes, the Aguayo trade-up pick was a complete flameout.

    But we’ve gotten decent cornerback players in the 2nd Round over the years, and a rookie sensation in Winfield who contributed to a big Super Bowl win.

    Trask is not a wasted pick. At least not yet, not until the future when Brady is gone and Trask has to step up. THEN we’ll find out if he was worth it after all. Until then, STFU.

  19. Bojim Says:

    Trask hasn’t even signed a contract yet. Why are all the experts on this site so sure he’s a waste?

  20. Mitch Says:

    I am pulling for Grant Stuard. I want for him to have at the least a similar career to Matthew Slater from the Pats. Kid has overcome so much and then on top of that his mom was arrested a couple hours after being drafted. Definitely rooting for him!

  21. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    …back to the subject of the article…

    Beckles makes a very good point: “…he doesn’t have to be the future. Nobody said he is the next starter.”

    How many starters in the NFL previously backed up Brady in NE? Jimmy G is the only one who jumps to mind. It is the most difficult position in all of sports. But, in Licht we trust – Licht has earned it.

  22. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    @ Mitch

    I 100% agree on Grant Stuard……I’m pulling for this kid too.

    I cannot believe this kid almost went undrafted……I wonder why???

    I think Todd Bowles will use him in blitz and run packages because he plays lightning fast in those areas.

    If this kid doesn’t make the roster, then I’ll be absolutely be shocked because he has “playmaker” written all over him.

  23. Couch Fan Says:

    I havent heard anybody say he’s the future because he gets to sit behind the Goat. What Ive said and Ive heard everyone else say is he has a much better chance to succeed by sitting and learning behind the GOAT. Big big difference.

  24. TOM Says:

    I know Licht has a terrible reputation for 2nd rd picks but for God’s sake give the kid a chance before throwing him under the bus. Grant Stuard is the man. Pulling for this kid 100%.

  25. August 1976 Buc Says:

    2nd Round Antoine Winfield…Ali Marpet…. GO BUCS!!!

  26. Mitch Says:

    @Anthem I think he was such a late round pick because he doesn’t have a defined position. He is a tweener. A little too small for linebacker and a little too slow to be a safety/defensive back, but he certainly plays with heart and I am excited to see what he contributes to the team this year!

  27. Mike Johnson Says:

    Dardens speed is exciting, He makes people miss and cuts and spins like crazy. We shall see. But the kid does have breakaway potential.

  28. Joe Says:

    Regardless of what Jameis Winston has done in this league, he still has all the Physical tools to become a good starting Quarterback in this league IF and I say IF he can somehow get it together mentally

    Newfound respect for Anthem for being open-minded. 👍

  29. 1sparkybuc Says:

    In high school and in college Trask did what he was asked to do. He shined when given the opportunity. He fits the mold of the two QBs who have won Lombardi trophies for our team, and he won’t be thrown into a bad situation immediately. I like how he handled each situation so far, and I am confident this transition will be smooth. I trust the Bucs know what they drafted with this young man. I believe he will wait his turn and shine when he gets the opportunity. Time will tell.

  30. stpetebucsfan Says:

    The pick is fine. Ian is correct. it would be nice if Trask works out as the successor to TB12 but it’s not essential when you’re only spending a late second round pick.

    This was a smart pick. It gives the Bucs next year to see if Trask might be the answer or if we need to move on quickly.

    We now have a great team. A GOAT at QB is terrific but not nearly as essential.

    Does anybody believe Dilfer, Johnson, Flacco and others are in any conversations about GOATS? Were any of them even the best QB in the league the year they won the SB? All three were SOLID NFL QB’s though. That is what the Bucs need to see from Trask. He doesn’t need to be a savior like JW he just needs to be a competent professional capable of good decision making.

  31. mark2001 Says:

    Not much future for that piece of Pizza, chunk of beef or fish, or whatever Ian is about to consume in that picture.