Showed poise and command under pressure
Time after time Saturday Night, Kyle Trask stood tall and delivered the football to his receivers. Trask finished the night 20 of 28 for 218 yards, one touchdown of 33 yards to rookie Trey Palmer, and didn’t turn the ball over. That’s a completion percentage of over 71. Offensive coordinator Dave Canales has said he would be looking for a quarterback that played smoothly and with poise, running his offensive scheme. Kyle Trask showed all of that and more Saturday night. It appeared that Trask made a strong case for him to be under center in Minnesota for game one of the 2023 season. Avoiding sacks, throwing on target, and catchable passes, leading the Bucs to a 13-6 win over the New York Jets in an away game. Mayfield started last week against a weaker Pittsburgh defense and played well. Kyle Trask’s start against the Jets was more impressive, without question. Trask left the game at halftime, and John Wolford took over after intermission. Wolford was playing well; himself but left the game after a hard hit in the 3rd quarter. Head Coach Todd Bowles elected to go with Trask in relief since he was already warmed up and had the hot hand. Baker Mayfield did not play in the contest.
Can Trask overcome the politics at work?
It has been pretty evident this preseason that Kyle Trask needed to outplay more than just Baker Mayfield. For whatever reason, there has been a strong feeling that the Brass at One Buc would rather Mayfield win the job. For the life of me, I cannot understand this situation and why it is this way. Why wouldn’t you rather have a guy you drafted in the second round that has always been a Buccaneer and learned under the G.O.A.T., Tom Brady? Instead, you would prefer a former Browns’ number one overall pick that they sent packing to the Panthers. In Carolina, he couldn’t beat out Sam Darnold or P.J. Walker for the job. So he moved on to the Rams, where he looked sharper in relief but still couldn’t stick on with that roster. So he comes here on a one-year prove-it deal, and the team and fan base basically anoint him the starter before the competition even began. As a Gator Fan, I saw what Kyle Trask brought to the table. He scored more touchdowns his senior season than anyone in the Big 5 conferences. This after waiting on the bench for his chance to shine. Same thing he did in High School, playing behind a quarterback that was considered to be better than him; he sat awaiting his chance. Whether Trask can overcome the odds and wins the job from the jump, or he comes into a game in relief of Mayfield and takes the starting job that way, I believe that Trask will prevail. Whether you believe Kyle Trask can win the job at some point or not, he is better than the average fan considers him to be. And this will continue to be seen. Go Bucs!!