If you have tickets to any of the three Tampa Bay Buccaneers preseason games and hope to see Tom Brady play, you may want to think about going ahead and selling those tickets.
There’s a great chance Brady doesn’t play in any of the Buccaneers preseason games in 2022. And it’s not because he’s at the ripe age of 45.
It’s because the Buccaneers preseason schedule, and their current roster makeup, is set up for Brady to miss all three games.
Todd Bowles already said Brady won’t play against the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, citing the fact that the Buccaneers will participate in two joint practices against the Dolphins on August 10 and August 11 before playing against them on August 13.
The Buccaneers travel to Nashville the very next week and will rinse and repeat with the Tennessee Titans.
If Brady and other starters aren’t playing against the Dolphins, why would they play against the Titans? It wouldn’t make any sense. There’s also the fact that Brady and co. didn’t play against the Titans after both teams held joint practices in 2021.
That brings us to Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts. Last year saw Brady and co. play the most snaps in the preseason against the Houston Texans in Week 3.
There’s a good reason that at least Brady won’t play in this game and his name is Kyle Trask.
It’s time to see what Trask can do against legit NFL competition, even if the quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen said the Buccaneers were taking the developmental approach with Trask in 2022.
There’s a great chance the Colts will play their defensive starters for a few drives in Week 3.
What better time to see how far Trask has developed than against a first-team defense in a game that doesn’t matter, at all?
The only glaring reason that keeps the Buccaneers from going this route is the desire to see how Brady’s and second-year center Robert Hainsey’s chemistry has developed. Those live-action snaps against a quality defense could prove valuable while they continue to develop their chemistry further.
But, overall, don’t be surprised if Brady doesn’t step on the football field in an official playing capacity until Week 1.
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