Jason Licht References Minimum Three-Week Timetable For Quarterback Battle Scrunity

July 25th, 2023

Kyle Trask

So when will Baker Mayfield get the damn ball? Or will he get the ball at all?

Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht touched on that this morning.

Joe will have more from Licht later on the Bucs’ competing quarterbacks, but the GM is adamant it’s a legit competition between third-year man Kyle Trask and Mayfield. In fact, Licht is excited about it, just like Joe and most Bucs fans.

“I’m looking forward to how hyperfocused we’re going to be on those practices here at the beginning of camp, for the first few weeks at least. Just to see who takes the next step forward,” Licht said, emphasizing that anything can happen.

The first training camp practice starts tomorrow, and the three-week mark is the first of two back-to-back practices against the Jets in New Jersey. Those will be scripted affairs against a good defense, the ideal way for Todd Bowles to evaluate his QBs.

Joe thinks it’s no coincidence that Licht dropped the “first few weeks” line. The Bucs should have their starting QB when those Jets-Bucs practices end on Aug. 17.

38 Responses to “Jason Licht References Minimum Three-Week Timetable For Quarterback Battle Scrunity”

  1. A Bucs Fan Says:

    Doesn’t seem like Todd and Jason are on the same page here.

  2. Tbbucs3 Says:

    The Bucs are the only team in the NFL who’s running a QB competition.….you give the keys to the veteran with 70 career starts and if he sucks in comes Trask it’s that simple.

    It’s hard to tell if this a college or pro team under Bowels/Canales.

  3. Dooley Says:

    May the best man win, period.

  4. Defense Rules Says:

    Joe … ‘The GM is adamant it’s a legit competition between third-year man Kyle Trask and Mayfield. In fact, Licht is excited about it, just like Joe and most Bucs fans.’

    Hmmm, and here I was thinking that you didn’t believe that there actually was a legitimate QB competition Joe. Not sure what gave me that impression though. Perhaps the 10,000 articles that’ve appeared on JBF in which you’ve stated that it was already Baker’s job? Nah that couldn’t have been it.

  5. A Bucs Fan Says:

    @DR perhaps that’s what Joe meant when he shared a story about “misdirection season” two days ago? That Licht isn’t being totally truthful?

    Either way I don’t believe they are on the same page at this point. It’s probably because Lichts job is safe and Todd’s is not.

  6. stpetebucfan Says:

    Why are posters here so upset by this thought? What’s the freaking rush?

    AGAIN…The S.F. Niners had not one, not two, but THREE QB’s who are NFL level backs…at least they hope Trey Lance makes the grade. The Niners gave up 3 FIRST ROUND picks and a 3rd rounder to get Lance. He is currently 4-4 in his career, in fairness handicapped by injuries. Still there is chatter out of the Bay area that this may be Lance’s final year. How the F can you EVER give up on a QB that cost THREE first round picks. Garrapolo came in last year after Lance got hurt and did well…7-3 before he got hurt…then only the 2nd MR Irrelevant QB last pick in the draft came in and went 5-0 including the playoffs. That’s THREE different QB’s who started for S.F. and the last one had the best record.

    If the competition is close then of course Mayfield’s experience wins out but it doesn’t mean Trask is a loser…see Rich Gannon’s career. The Bucs MIGHT have TWO decent QB’s. I realize that is heresy among the many fans here who seem to suffer from battered wife syndrome!

  7. HC Grover Says:

    Come on now. There is no ‘battle’. All hype

  8. Marine Buc Says:

    Can’t wait to watch the preseason games.

    You really don’t know until both QBs perform under the lights with the first teamers against first teamers…

    Let the best man win. I am hopeful Trask can step up and win it but I would put my money on Mayfield.

  9. Marine Buc Says:

    @ stpete

    “If the competition is close then of course Mayfield’s experience wins out but it doesn’t mean Trask is a loser”

    Exactly… I hope to see both QBs performing well and making it difficult on the coaches to pick the starter.

    That would be the best outcome for the team.

  10. TB2023 Says:

    We need Winston back. I miss all of the 40 TDs he threw.

  11. JeffreyLane77 Says:

    Considering Mayfield’s and Trask’s skill sets are somewhat different. Trask is a tall pocket passer statue QB and Mayfield is supposed to be mobile enough for offensive coordinators to use it to his advantage namely to offset how he’s kinda short. Maybe they find room on the football field each of them. There has to be situations that favor one or the others skill sets.

  12. Hodad Says:

    Doesn’t matter who starts, I’m telling you both QBs will have to play this year. Mayfield will start, but he rarely finishes, look at his record. Injury, benched, or both has been Mayfield’s career. Trask will have to play at some point, count on it.

  13. Steelers fan Says:

    Jason Licht-

    “It’s probably the same things that we’ve been saying for a long time about Kyle – the inner strength that he has, the inner confidence, nothing is too big for him,” said Licht. “He’s had to sit and wait for his opportunity his entire football career and has done that now. Nothing seems too big for him, once again.

    People can have in their head, ‘Well, it seems like it’s for sure going to be this person or it’s not going to be this person,’

    Theres no denying Licht is putting to rest that Baker is in the lead –I would even say reading between the lines Trask is in the lead.

  14. All_da_way Says:

    Let the best man win.

    Competition is great because even if the tie goes to Mayfield you now have a capable player in Trask ready to step in.

    If Mayfield or Trask prove they are simply better you roll with them and surround them with the best roster possible.

  15. DBS Says:

    Reading between the lines anyone can see anything they want to see. Or then again make up whatever they want to make up in their heads. The only thing that matters is the coaches final decision. And of course people have already read between the lines already too.

  16. Fred McNeil Says:

    All I know is I’m buying a DVR this season.

  17. Mr. Editor Says:

    We all know that Baker Mayfield will get the job, but I would like to see Kyle Trask not make it easy on Mayfield and push him to the absolute limit. That’s probably what the GM and coaches want to see, too. Let’s see how much fight Trask has in him. Don’t make it easy for the coaches to decide. There is also the possibility that neither Mayfield nor Trask will perform well, and that will be a tough decision, too.

  18. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “The first training camp practice starts tomorrow”

    Man, this training camp came up quick!

  19. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I know Baker will get the job, whether he deserves it or not…but here’s what I want to see from Trask:

    – Live game action with some starting WRs
    – Command the huddle
    – Hold his offense accountable, but in a mature way
    – Good pock presence
    – read the defense

    Give me that much Bowles. Give him the chance during preseason to show what he has.

  20. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    So far as Mayfield…he could throw three picks and 1 touchdown…and have a fumble…and he’ll still be named starter. That will be all the confirmation we need that Bowles made up his mind months ago.

  21. DBS Says:

    Training camp starts tomorrow. Neither has made it through uninjured yet. We know nothing. Not until the starter is named. Reading through the lines and assumptions.

  22. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    DBS Says
    “Training camp starts tomorrow. Neither has made it through uninjured yet.”

    When was Trask injured?

  23. DBS Says:

    Bonzi are you really going to ask that question? Injury is a possibility at any time. Neither QB has made it through this camp to allow them to be named QB for the year. Ryan Jenson ring a bell? Either could be taken out for the year. We don’t know anything for sure until the starter is named no matter what anyone thinks. Not we know.

  24. bob in valrico Says:

    Since Trask never had the chance to even be in a competition, IMO its better if it lasts longer so that he is prepared to come in if Baker wins and gets hurt.

  25. Defense Rules Says:

    A Bucs Fan … Seems extremely likely that a ‘tie’ would go to Baker Mayfield; I have no issue with that. Kyle Trask will probably have to REALLY excel in preseason to get the starting nod for Game 1, but I’d anticipate that he already knows that. They’ve BOTH got the same thing on the line, but hey, that’s as it should be. Competition is healthy, not just for getting the starting nod but also for keeping it.

  26. Tony Says:

    Licht: “Just to see who takes the next step forward.”

    So neither has yet. Contrary to what’s been advertised here.

  27. WyomingJoe Says:

    Let’s not forget that the preseason means NOTHING anymore! It’s a joke. No team plays their starters for more than two drives in the first quarter, and no team plays their starters in the last preseason game. The coaching staff will make their decision on who the QB will be after 5-6 practices max. Go Bucs.

  28. Tony Says:

    Defense Rules Says: “Seems extremely likely that a ‘tie’ would go to Baker Mayfield.”

    The only reason for that would be Bowles’ fixation on a veteran. I have no doubt that a new coach not under the gun would go with Trask’s upside. Mayfield has none.

  29. Just Saying Says:

    I am hoping for Bucs success. To me if either QBs performed similarly this season, good or bad. The team would be in a much better position for the future if it were Trask playing rather than Baker.

  30. Toad Bowels Says:

    Given the 17-game season, injuries, and hot and cold starts, at this point it’s not entirely out of the realm of reality that 3rd string QB John Wolford might start a game or two before the season ends.

  31. Beeej Says:

    They have nearly identical 40 times. I suppose “5-10” times might be more applicable

  32. Beeej Says:

    It chopped me– my point was mobility isn’t necessarily a Mayfield win

  33. Duane Says:

    To JBF and all posters here:

    Nobody cares who you think will win the starting quarterback job. The only people whose opinion counts are Licht, Cannales, and Bowles.

  34. stpetebucfan Says:

    Can’t really argue with Duane. I’m not sure but since he’s a QB whisperer I suspect BA will still have some input as well.

  35. Beeej Says:

    I CARE!

  36. ATLBuc Says:

    @A Bucs Fan, DR

    I don’t see it that way. I think just the opposite, that if its close, it goes to Trask. Trask was drafted by this administration. Also, if the competition is close it should go to the player with more upside. Not the one with more baggage. We know Mayfield’s upside is a touchdown for an interception with 3 sacks in between.
    I think Mayfield will have to considerably outperform Trask to get the starting nod.

  37. garro Says:

    As the great Yogi Berra once said…Its Deja Vu all over again. So tired of the debate team stuff!


    Go Bucs

  38. Wild Bill Says:

    Where was Licht the past two years? Why did those two pre seasons go by without really testing the kid in pre seasons? Trask was a ghost for two years! Now with Brady’s sudden departure Licht grabs a left over from 3 other teams and declare a preseason battle of the “best”. Really this is a battle of an unknown vs a multiple team reject! Licht did a great job overall but put all the marbles on Brady playing forever! Cross our fingers that one of the two qbs really shines in preseason. If both look bad it’s gonna be a long long season.