Trask plays well in Bucs’ loss to Miami

by Gary Shelton on August 14, 2022

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Sunday, 4 a.m.

It didn't matter. You can forget the good plays, and you don't have to worry about the bad ones. No one ever remembers a preseason outcome, and no one should.

That said, there was this to say about the preseason opener for the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Maybe, just maybe, Kyle Trask earned himself a bit of reconsideration.

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For a year, the only thing you could count on with Trask was that never-ending debate over whether he was a wasted draft pick or a savvy investment. He didn't play. He didn't practice. He was just another face in the team picture.

But on Saturday night, Trask looked ... possible.

Trask, a second-year rookie quarterback, showed that he might be worth a further thought on Saturday night. In the Bucs 26-25 loss to Miami, Trask played like he wants to enter into the conversation for backup quarterback.

Trask was impressive. He hit 25 of 33 passes for 258 yards. He would have engineered the game-winning drive if only Jose Borregales hadn't hit the upright with his last-second field goal attempt from 49 yards. On that drive, he converted a fourth-and-12 and a third-and-eight.

Oh, Trask wasn't perfect. He fumbled when sacked, and it was returned for a touchdown. He threw an interception off a running back, and the Dolphins turned that into a touchdown.

Again, however, we're talking about the backup quarterback job, and whether Trask can make a run at Blaine Gabbert (who completed all five of his passes).

Overall, it was practice. But if you're looking for clues, there is this:

-- The receiving corps may be better than you thought. With the main guys out, the night belonged to Travis Johnson (six catches) and Jerreth Stearns (four).

-- The secondary still looks vulnerable. Miami backup quarterback Skylar Thompson hit 20 of 28 passes and had a rating of 106.0.

-- The interior of the offensive line was promising. The Dolphins had two sacks, but neither came up the middle.

-- Logan Hall had just one tackle.

-- Running back Rachaad White had 32 yards.

-- And pretty much everyone else took the night off.

The Bucs play at Tennessee on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

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