Going with that assumption, CBS Sports’ Jared Dubin recently dropped his “X-Factors” on offense for each team. And for the Buccaneers Dubin has quarterback Baker Mayfield as the team’s offensive X-Factor, and it’s not in a good way.
“The downgrade from Tom Brady is, uh, a significant one. The Bucs offense already took a large step backward last season. Can Mayfield avoid taking the offense into the tank, or will he look a lot like the player he’s been every year after his very good rookie season? Considering the (lack of) strength of this offensive line, the latter seems more likely.”
OK, first thing to address here is, are these analysts writing off Trask to soon? The team insists it’s still a battle heading into training camp. What if Trask lights it up? What if Mayfield goes all “Winston for 30”? I mean, stranger things have happened.
The second thing to address is, is the quarterback position the biggest question mark heading into training camp? Both quarterbacks have relatively the same ceiling, and accordingly the same floor. To me, I think the offensive line is the bigger question mark.
Think about, only one player (Ryan Jensen) returns to their same position. And he’s coming off a major injury. All-Pro Tristan Wirfs is changing sides, Luke Goedeke is changing sides and position, Cody Mauch is a rookie, and Matt Feiler was a Los Angeles Charger. Seems like a chemistry nightmare, one full of uncertainty.
We’ll find out soon enough if Dubin and the rest of the “experts” are right with training camp beginning on July 30th.