Baker Mayfield officially named Buccaneers Week 1 starter

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield is the starter for Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings, head coach Todd Bowles confirmed Tuesday.

What It Means:

Mayfield was expected to win the job for most of the preseason and that was all but confirmed when he sat out the Buccaneers' second preseason game. The 2018 No. 1 overall pick is on his fourth team in three seasons, but Mayfield has arguably the best receiving duo of his career in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. He will likely be on a short leash in Tampa Bay, so if Mayfield struggles and the team has a losing record, Kyle Trask could wind up taking over.

Baker is the QB27 in numberFire's preseason rankings. Our models project him for 3,963.6 passing yards on a 62.0 completion percentage, with 24.12 touchdowns and 16.6 interceptions. We also have Mayfield forecasted for 47.6 carries, 204.1 rushing yards, and 1.81 touchdowns.