Why you can’t put too much stock into Kyle Trask’s Buccaneers debut

Kyle Trask, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Kyle Trask, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /

Kyle Trask made his long-awaited regular season debut for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Naturally, it’s a big talking point amongst Buccaneers fans.

For just the second time this year, Kyle Trask was active for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Due to the fact that the Buccaneers locked up the NFC South, and couldn’t move anywhere in terms of seeding, it was surmised that Trask would likely see some time in the season finale against the Atlanta Falcons.

It was a welcoming development for the majority of Bucs fans, so we can finally get a glimpse at what the former Florida Gators signal caller is made of.

The issue of whether or not Trask is a guy in the future plans of the Bucs is somewhere in between a hot button and a lightning rod one for fans. Naturally, once Trask got some remotely meaningful snaps under his belt, the performance was going to be overly-dissected and overreacted on.

Here is why you can’t judge the performance of Kyle Trask in his debut too much, one way or the other.

For starters, while this was a regular season game, there was absolutely nothing on the line. So in that sense, it was just a few steps above a preseason game. Sure, the Falcons had starters out there, as did the Buccaneers, but there were also a lot of backups in there, so it’s hard to gage anything when Trask isn’t playing with, or against, the majority of first-team units.

Trask wasn’t perfect, and that’s to be expected for a young quarterback wetting the whistle for the first time in regular season NFL action. That said, he did show some flashes, and looks like he may have some poise necessary to play quarterback at his level. As for his arm talent, that’s another matter entirely.

That doesn’t mean it can’t be overcome however.

At the end of the day, neither we, nor the Tampa Bay Buccaneers know much of anything just yet as it pertains to Kyle Trask just yet. We simply know slightly more than we did a few days ago. There were things to be both encouraged and discouraged about, but either way, his debut cannot have too much stock put into it, no matter what side of the fence you fall on with him as a quarterback.