Like him or not, Kyle Trask looked good during his 2022 season debut. The Buccaneers can still help their young quarterback out more than they did.
Kyle Trask looked good in his first game of the preseason. Other than a few small things that should disappear over the course of the next month, there isn’t much that Buccaneers fans should worry about with a guy that could be one of the most exciting preseason players in the league.
We have to move on from the pick that was accidentally caught between an opponents legs and a fumble that stemmed from too few reps in similar situations.
Trask played well, and he did all of that in spite of a series of play-calling that worked against him from the start.
The Buccaneers rushed the ball 19 times on first down. You read that right. The team that made it to the Super Bowl on the back of one of the most proficient passing attacks of all time with a wide receiver corps deeper than most teams would see over two years decided the best way to test the rookies was with the most vanilla and bland offense known to man.
The results were about as we expected.
The Bucs finished the game averaging 2.9 yards per carry, and that only came from a few excellent runs from rookie Rachaad White. On the other hand, Trask by himself finished the game averaging 7.8 yards per attempt.
It wasn’t even close.
Why the Bucs would focus on the run so much is beyond this writer. The team doesn’t run the ball that often in the regular season, at least not if they want to win, and the better film for the offensive line will come from passing sets anyway.
If the Bucs really want to see what Kyle Trask can do, using him like a quarterback that plays the game in the 21st century would be a great start. Terrible second and third-down positioning had a way of adding an extra level of pressure that shouldn’t be there in the first place if the calls are going in the right way, and it is worth noting that Trask was playing at a rate that would get the Bucs a first down in every two throws if they would actually unleash him.
If this coaching staff really wants the world to stop questioning Kyle Trask, they need to stop handicapping him and let him play the game in a way that compliments his accurate, predictive style. That will kill the argument for the doubters in its tracks, and it could lead to some highly-entertaining games.
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