Licht Says Bucs’ New QB Trask Has What It Takes “Above The Neck”


The Bucs made two alternatives on the second day of the NFL draft taking Florida quarterback Kyle Trask within the second spherical and Notre Dame offensive lineman Ryan Hainsey within the third. Whereas Hainsey supplies necessary depth to Tampa Bay’s offensive line, it was the collection of Trask made by common manger Jason Licht that fascinated these watching.

Some preferred that the Bucs picked their eventual successor to Tom Brady within the second spherical, whereas others thought it was too early to take action. What Licht likes about Trask is his perseverance and fast capability to course of a play. For Hainsey, Licht is involved in positional versatility to play anyplace on the road.

Listed under is a full transcript of Licht’s press convention after day two of the draft the place he went into element about his two most up-to-date alternatives.

On drafting Kyle Trask
“He was on the board. He’s a place that I’ve solely drafted since I’ve been right here, we’ve solely drafted one quarterback. I all the time wished to, it’s simply by no means fallen the correct approach for us. There’s rather a lot to love about him. He’s a giant child, he’s powerful, he’s very sensible, he’s an amazing teammate, nice chief, he’s obtained loads of arm expertise, obtained nice contact, he’s a fast processor. I like his story of perseverance. The man’s a fighter. He’s a competitor and as soon as once more an amazing staff participant. He’s had lots of nice gamers there at Florida he’s thrown the ball round to, and has had lots of success. And we’ve got lots of nice gamers right here too.

“Wanting ahead to having him within the constructing and in time growing him. Like I mentioned within the earlier press convention, it is a good spot for a quarterback to return and to be groomed. You’re taking part in with the G.O.A.T. (Tom Brady) and you bought some nice, nice teaching – nice teaching employees.”

On Trask’s story and if that offers Licht confidence in what he’ll do in Tampa Bay
“Completely. Once you meet him, and discuss with him, and spend time with him like we’ve got, it simply actually comes out – his persona. In fact he’s aggressive. He needs to play, however he additionally may be very life like and is aware of that he’s not ready-made. No less than from our conversations, it is a good alternative for him to take a seat so long as he has to take a seat. We’ll see.”

On criticism of Trask’s arm power and talent to make performs
“We took him, we like him, we preferred what we noticed. There’s going to be critiques about each participant that we take and also you prefer to level these out. We preferred what we noticed, like I mentioned, we predict he’s a fast processor and he’s had lots of success there. Simply love his demeanor, he’s obtained what it takes above the neck, in our opinion, to thrive on the place and be higher and higher. That’s what we’re going to do, simply attempt to get him higher and higher with this group of quarterbacks that we’ve got and we like.”

On Robert Hainsey and the place Licht sees him taking part in
“We see him as an actual versatile man. We’ll see the way it goes once we get him in right here. He performed proper deal with, three-year starter at Notre Dame, and actually held his personal. [He] was a really constant participant there. It’s not that we predict he can’t play proper deal with, however we do suppose he has a giant upside at guard or middle, which he performed on the Senior Bowl and sort of caught our consideration – simply the flexibility facet.

“He’s a captain. A tricky man. He’s very sensible. He has all of the traits that our present group has. I feel he’s going to slot in nice. He’s going to be a man that we are able to hopefully plug in at 4 positions; be a four-spot man sooner or later. Like all of our picks, these guys don’t should go in instantly and play. We’re not counting on them. Now we have the posh of growing these guys and into their future roles whether or not it’s offensive lineman, beginning guard, beginning proper deal with – no matter it’s.”

On if there’s a comparability between Trask and Brady from popping out of the draft
“Yeah, the truth that he needed to wait his flip and when his alternative got here he grabbed it and went with it and had lots of success with it. I do know what you’re saying. I’m not going to match him to Tom Brady, the best of all time proper now. However I do suppose there are some similarities when it comes to their competitiveness. Simply the best way like what we talked about. The perseverance that he had and he’s been in a position to thrive in after giving a chance.”

On if the Senior Bowl is when Hainsey jumped on the Buccaneers radar
“It definitely helped. We preferred his Notre Dame tape. We preferred him at proper deal with, however the truth that he went in there towards the perfect and held his personal, and performed very effectively at each positions – guard and middle and deal with, he moved up and down the road all through the week –actually helped. It was very useful for us to see him there, identical to it was a number of years in the past once we drafted Ali [Marpet] to see him on the Senior Bowl and the week that he had.”

On what jumped out at him about Hainsey from his physicality
“He’s obtained actually robust fingers. He’s a really instinctive participant. He performs with super effort. He’s a superb athlete. He does an amazing job into the second degree. And like I mentioned on the Senior Bowl, simply placing him in there at guard and middle and it’s as if he’s been taking part in there the complete time. He’s only a pure when it comes to his instincts.”

On how a lot Licht saved Brady within the loop on the Trask decide and the way clean that’ll go
“I feel it should go very easily. Tom’s the last word staff man and I don’t suppose Tom is apprehensive about anyone taking his job. We had some informal conversations all through the previous couple of weeks that, of a state of affairs would possibly come up the place we might take a quarterback. I don’t have many conversations with Tom in regards to the draft, however he was completely effective. He understands, he needs what’s greatest for the staff. Tom’s going to play so long as Tom needs to play. He’s earned that proper.”


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