Jason Licht Talks Kyle Trask, Grant Stuard

May 10th, 2021

Yes, general manager Jason Licht loves his new recruits and he dropped more love on them last week.

Paying a visit to Beckles & Recher on WDAE radio, Licht continued his comparison of seventh-round linebacker Grant Stuard to three-time Pro Bowl special teams superstar Larry Izzo, a guy signed by the Dolphins in the 1990s when Licht was there launching his NFL career.

The GM added that Stuard has a ”huge heart, tremendous instincts and pure passion.”

Joe’s not trying to sound cranky, but Joe won’t bet that the Bucs got the first seventh-round steal of Licht’s tenure. Stuard, who battled through a uniquely rough home life, hopefully will be the first.

Joe was more interested in Licht calling Round 2 rookie QB Kyle Trask a “maniacal worker” — a ”first-in/last-out super-competitor” that fits the Bucco Bruce Arians offense.

Hearing that, Joe thought about how fun it would be if Trask literally is ”first-in” with the Bucs, beating Tom Brady to the facility, as well as several defensive backs that enjoy 5 o’clock film sessions with Todd Bowles.

22 Responses to “Jason Licht Talks Kyle Trask, Grant Stuard”

  1. ModHairKen Says:

    Trask is a patient man. A loyal man. A hardworking man. I laugh at those who question his arm strength. Didn’t they also say that about Tom Brady earlier this year? Remember the near hysteria because he did not connect on every deep pass? Gator fans who watch every week saw what this kid can do. The rest of them saw a few highlights here and there.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Sometimes hard work pays off on the field….but you do have to have the talent to go with it…..obviously, Bucs in charge think Trask has that talent.

  3. 2021 Year of the GOAT Says:

    watch the alabama game …. top shelf competition…. that should quiet all doubters… he will be just fine…. qb position is the hardest position to master few make it … He has chance

  4. Hodad Says:

    As a GM with a top pick your chances of getting a good player are pretty high. Hitting on the last pick of the 7th round has to be considered a greater achievement for a GM. I think this kid makes the team. He’ll be a S.T.’s ace, and a joker piece on defense. He’ll play some LB, FS, blitzer. You can tell Licht loves this guy. Only problem might be is keeping the drains clear between him, and Jensen’s hair!

  5. mark2001 Says:

    TBBF…that about says it all.

  6. DingleBerry Says:

    I did not question Tom Bradys arm strength last year as it was evident and clear on his 2019 highlights that he could still sling the rock all over the yard.

    I do however question Kyle Task arm strength. He’s not even close to being in the same stratosphere as Brady when it comes to overall arm talent and strength.

    Funny how I can see this, and numerous other people can see it. But some pretend not to.

  7. Colin in Canada Says:

    Hopefully we can find two decent gunners for the outside on Punt but Stuard is going to be a fan favourite for sure. Hes got the Juice.

  8. Kentucky Buc Says:

    I’m going to have to go with Dingle on this one . The Brady comparisons are ludicrous.

  9. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Talented, hard worker, big athlete… inactive

  10. SteveK Says:

    In BA, Byron, Clyde, Tom Moore, and Brady I trust. They can run the show, and we can afford to have a developmental QB on the roster. Bringing back Gabbert was the icing on the cake for the QB room, as Gabbert has the most experience in this offense and can help Trask too.

    I don’t have a feeling one way or another about Trask, but if you had to choose between a QB with a quick release and good turnover margin, vs the rocket-armed, bad-decision spraying QB, give me the guy with accuracy and decision making, reinforced in his turnover margin.

    Go Bucs!

  11. lambeau Says:

    I’m rooting for Stuard, but I can’t see him beating out Joseph Jones or KJ Britt.
    Practice squad, yes.

  12. DingleBerry Says:

    Only problem with your assessment there SteveK is that Kyle Trask has a slow release.

  13. Swampbuc Says:

    I’m a Gator fan. I hated the Trask pick at the time. I saw the Gators have chances to win games late and fail. I saw what he did against Oklahoma, a Winstonesque 3 picks in the first quarter. I thought he was way overblown, overrated, and over drafted.

    Now, upon further review…….But if BA and JL and BL and CC and Old Tom Moore agreed on the guy, and TB12 followed that with a welcoming phone call — who am I to claim to know more than the Super Bowl champs who have been crushing every draft and free agency since 2018?

    I mean, seriously, us armchair drafturbators have our feelings, but how could any of us second guess the above crew of talent evaluators on a quarterback?

    Let the Trask hate go. I have. Time to move on.

  14. 813bucboi Says:

    trask wasnt the only QB to have a poor game in bowl/post season….t.lawerance had a game bad….fields had a bad game….

    obviously those 2 are better than trask but it didnt impact them 1 bit…

    trask will develop into a great qb…he has that mind set that you want….the comparisons to brady are spot on…arm strength included…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  15. 813bucboi Says:


    i agree!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!

  16. DingleBerry Says:

    Can we please stop all this cult like Licht worship?

    He is a great GM, one of the best in the game and he deserves all the credit in the world for meticulously constructing a Super Bowl champion caliber roster.

    That does not make him infallible. He is still capable of making mistakes. You have every right to question a pick you don’t agree with. Kyle Trask included.

  17. Eddie Marz Says:

    QB position is not about arm strength or mobility. QB is a chess masters game. Throwing to the best match ups and understanding the game situation. Nobody’s better than Brady. If Trask learns anything from Brady he’ll be fine. GO BUCS!

  18. Baby Grace Says:


    If you are such a QB guru go and watch the pro day of Trask and you will find:

    1. He is not a terrible athlete.
    2. He has plenty enough arm strength to make all the throws.
    3. His release is not slow at all.

    Why do you think you know how to evaluate players when you can’t even look a Trasks’ pro day and say the things you do.

  19. DingleBerry Says:

    I have seen his pro day and came away with a very different opinion.

  20. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    DingleBerry, your handle invokes an image that automatically colors my attitude toward your posts. Call me knee-jerk, reactionary, or whatever. We obviously come from different backgrounds. I do try to overcome my own biases.

    This comment is not about the worth of what you have to say otherwise.

  21. Baby Grace Says:


    How can you look at his pro day and make some of the statements you have made.
    He throws outs and seams with a lot of zip on the ball. His miss direct roll outs are more then athletic enough to be effective. But your biggest miss is his release which is much better then most QBs.
    I don’t know if he will be great, average or a bust. There are so many intangibles that go into a great QB other then arm strength, athletic ability and quick release. However; he is starting with a pretty solid foundation and your analysis of him is deeply flawed!

  22. gp Says:

    @ DingleBerry
    Hate to say it dude but you might want to change your moniker
    I myself have used it as a pejorative in reference to another negative poster in the past.
    Family name or not, It’s not getting you any respect.
    Just sayin