Buccaneers' Kyle Trask Isn't Far Behind Andrew Luck Mentally, Bruce Arians Says

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVJune 2, 2021

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set under center at the present moment with Tom Brady, but they may be in good hands in the future too if head coach Bruce Arians is to be believed.

"I'm really impressed," Arians said of rookie Kyle Trask, per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. "Mentally, he's not far behind what Andrew did in the same offense. What Andrew did that year was unbelievable. I'm not saying he's Andrew Luck, but mentally he's really, really sharp."

Arians would know considering he was the offensive coordinator and interim head coach for the Indianapolis Colts in 2012 when Luck was a rookie.

Tampa Bay selected Trask with a second-round pick with the hope he would initially sit behind Brady and learn from one of the game's all-time greats before potentially being the quarterback of the future.

While he wasn't as highly regarded as fellow rookies Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance, Justin Fields or Mac Jones, he still impressed at the collegiate level.

Trask completed 68.9 percent of his passes for 4,283 yards, 43 touchdowns and eight interceptions during the 2020 campaign while leading the Florida Gators to the Cotton Bowl.

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He may have hurt his draft stock in that Cotton Bowl by throwing three interceptions in a 55-20 blowout loss to the Oklahoma Sooners, but Tampa Bay clearly saw enough throughout the season to target him with a second-round pick.

Trask coming even somewhat close to living up to a Luck comparison would be a victory for the Buccaneers.

The Stanford product was a four-time Pro Bowler who threw for a league-high 40 touchdowns during the 2014 campaign and surpassed the 4,000 passing yard mark in four of his six seasons on the field before he retired at 29 years old prior to the 2019 campaign.

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