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Kyle Trask vs. Baker Mayfield: Latest updates on QB battle from Bucs training camp

We break down the latest reports on Kyle Trask vs. Baker Mayfield from Bucs training camp.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) and quarterback Kyle Trask (2) participate in training camp at AdventHealth Training Center. Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are entering an era without Tom Brady. Similar to when Brady left the New England Patriots to join the Bucs in 2020, things now look grim. Brady is currently still retired at the time of this writing, leaving Tampa Bay to decide between Kyle Trask and Baker Mayfield after not addressing the quarterback position in the 2023 NFL Draft.

2023 Bucs Training Camp

QB Battle: Kyle Trask/Baker Mayfield

The battle wages on, but we have some clarity regarding the first two preseason games. Baker Mayfield will start vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday, August 11, while Kyle Trask gets the starting nod for the team’s second preseason game against the New York Jets.

Who has the edge? As it stands, Mayfield should be the team’s Week 1 starter for the regular season. There is still a month until that happens, so a lot can change, but his experience should have him as the front-runner. He has shown flashes of why he was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. Plus, the Buccaneers went after him as a free agent, so they had to have liked something about the young quarterback.

Trask was a second-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2021. He never got too much playing time sitting behind Brady to begin his career as he heads into 2023, completing three of his nine career passes for 23 yards. If he does end up losing the starting quarterback battle to Mayfield, you have to assume the leash won’t be very long before head coach Todd Bowles tries to switch things up and spark the offense with a quarterback switch.

If Week 1 of the preseason is any indication, this won’t be much of a battle. Mayfield clearly outplayed Trask.