With Tom Brady suspended, Kyle Trask takes a long look at Bucs’ training

TAMPA — A day after Bucks general manager Jason Licht admitted the team needed to know as much as possible about Kyle Trask this season, the former Gators quarterback got a comprehensive look.

And some favorable early returns.

With a handful of veterans, including Tom Brady and Mike Evans, on vacation today, Trask shared important snapshots with backup Blaine Gabbert during the team’s practice session Friday morning.

“Just decisive, decisive often,” coach Todd Bowles said of Trask. “Knowing where to go with the ball, being comfortable in the pool. Directing the offense was great for him and the baleen.”

Among the highlights of the Trask: a short touchdown throw by novice Kaylon Geiger to end a crisp two-minute training, and a field-completion of third-year receiver Tyler Johnson in tight coverage during another 11-11 session. The most obvious hiccup came when corner back Jamal Dean jumped way at the goal line, nearly blocking his short throw to Gaylon Darden.

“It was great, we didn’t miss a thing,” said Russell Gage, the newly acquired receiver. “We were there, and the rhythm is working. It’s hot here, it doesn’t change no matter who’s there, but we didn’t miss a moment.”

Expected to be the emergency quarterback for the second year in a row, Trask has yet to fit into an NFL regular season game. Quarterback coach Clyde Christensen caused a slight uproar during the team’s organized activities when he said he didn’t see Trask competing with Gabber for the No. 2 job, but Bowles later said Trask would have the opportunity to compete.

“He will play a lot (pre-season),” Licht said on Thursday.

Hofrichter abdicated from Armwood

The team announced that Syracuse and Armwood Hi-Ponty were waived by Sterling Hofrichter, whose days appeared to be numbered when Bokas recruited Georgian Jake Kamarda in the fourth round. Hofrichter handled kickoff duties and attempted six shots (for an average of 37.8 yards) last season when Bradley Binion was injured.

Additionally, the team announced that it had reactivated offensive lineman Sadarius Hutcherson from a physically incapable roster, and added 27-year-old Bug Howard, who had short stints with six NFL teams but never appeared on an active roster. Howard had 30 catches for 371 yards and four touchdowns for the Philadelphia Stars of the USFL last season.

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