In a pivotal decision as the preseason winds down, Coach Todd Bowles of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has chosen Baker Mayfield as the team’s starting quarterback for the upcoming 2023 season. This announcement comes with the weighty responsibility of filling the substantial shoes left behind by none other than Tom Brady himself.

After being the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Mayfield has traversed through several teams, including the Browns, Rams, and Panthers, before landing with the Buccaneers. This journey ultimately led him to secure the coveted starting role, edging out 2021 second-round draft pick Kyle Trask.

“Baker’s our starting quarterback, Kyle’s our No. 2,” Bowles declared, acknowledging Trask’s progress while reaffirming Mayfield’s position. He continued, “We love everything Kyle has done. And he’s gotten leaps and bounds better than he was in the spring and he’s continuing to get better and we’re excited about him. But Baker’s our guy right now — experience-wise and just understanding the playbook just a little bit better. But Kyle’s on the come [up]. But we like both guys. We like where we’re at. Baker’s [No.] 1, Kyle’s [No.] 2.”

Baker Mayfield’s Unwavering Confidence with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

As Mayfield embarks on this new chapter, the pressure and expectations are undeniable. However, he remains steadfast in his focus and determination. “Now I’ve just got to lead like I know how, and the real thing is right around the corner,” Mayfield commented, emphasizing his readiness for the challenges of the upcoming season.

Mayfield’s journey to Tampa Bay has been marked by various stops. Despite the ups and downs, his confidence as a starting quarterback remains unshaken. “I expect to be the starter,” he asserted. “I know how talented I am. I know what type of leader I am. Now it’s time for the real thing. We’re about to have the real games, and everybody’s excited here.”

The decision to anoint Mayfield as the starting quarterback was the result of careful evaluation and consideration. General Manager Jason Licht, Coach Bowles, and Offensive Coordinator Dave Canales acknowledged the prolonged competition and recognized the need to provide Trask a fair opportunity after spending two years behind Brady and Gabbert.