Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles says there is "no timetable" on when the team plans to officially name its starting quarterback for the 2023 season. With Tom Brady retired, either Baker Mayfield or Kyle Trask will start the season as the Buccaneers starting quarterback.
When the Buccaneers signed Mayfield at the start of free agency, they said Mayfield and Trask would have to battle it out for the starting quarterback spot. Although Mayfield is expected to win the starting quarterback job, the Buccaneers insist the battle is still on.
"We don't have a timetable on it. We'll name it when we name it. We feel comfortable with where we're at, so we'll go from there," Bowles said.
Bowles says the Mayfield-Trask battle is still on
After appearing in the Buccaneers' preseason opener and doing well in his short time on the field, Mayfield didn't play in the Buccaneers' second preseason game against the New York Jets this past weekend.
Due to John Wolford's injury, Trask played the majority of the game and went 20-of-28 for 218 yards and a touchdown. "Poise in the pocket. A lot more athleticism – he used his legs when he had to and he was very successful at that.
He threw the ball where he was supposed to throw it – he threw some pinpoint passes. He'd like to have a few plays back but overall, I saw a lot of poise and a lot of growth. I thought he did well," Bowles said of Trask's performance against the Jets.
After praising Trask's performance against the Jets, Bowles indicated both Trask and Mayfield would play in the Buccaneers' preseason finale against the Baltimore Ravens. "Just continuing to master the offense – that's really all it is – mastering the offense.
It's new for everybody. Everybody is getting a good feel for what they can do right now – running the offense and driving the car," Bowles said. It remains to be seen who will be the Buccaneers starting quarterback in Week 1.