Kyle Trask can have one of the best preseason debuts by a quarterback for the Buccaneers in over a decade by making one throw.
Buccaneers quarterbacks have struggled in their various preseason debuts over the past decade. While this is not the most important time to evaluate a quarterback or their readiness for the rigors of the NFL, it is fair to say the quarterback position has held the Bucs back at times over the years.
The addition of Tom Brady was a dramatic but much-needed change under center. Jameis Winston had the talent to lead this same team to the Super Bowl last season, but getting that talent translated consistently was the issue.
Other than Winston, the Buccaneer quarterbacks have been just as good as their preseason debuts; lacking.
Quarterback is the most important position on the field, and when you spend money and draft capital to find someone to be the next face of your franchise, a weak opening performance sets a bad pace for the rest of the career.
Trask may not be the next face of the franchise, but after the Bucs invested so much in adding him, not using Trask during the preseason to see what he can do is a waste.
Greg Auman went back over the past decade to show the various preseason debuts by the Buccaneer quarterbacks on Twitter. The stats were not necessarily surprising. Of the four quarterbacks listed, none threw for a touchdown, and the three that threw for at least ten passes threw a pick.
You can’t judge a quarterback solely on a stat line like this, but Kyle Trask has a straightforward goal to strive for in his first game; throw a touchdown.
It may sound simple with the Buccaneer offense, but throwing for a touchdown will at least put Trask at the top of the recent list in the most critical category. Winston did great with yards and completion rate, so Trask should try to emulate that, but the touchdown alone is all he needs to set himself apart.
While one passing TD sounds great, Trask has the talent and the supporting cast to throw more than just one touchdown. In fact, a sole touchdown may be disappointing with this offense.
One way or another, let’s just be thankful that football is officially back, and take the time to appreciate watching the new Buccaneer roster take shape.
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