How Did Kyle Trask Perform Against the Dolphins?

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The Buccaneers played the Miami Dolphins in their first preseason game of the 2022 season, and all eyes were on second-year quarterback Kyle Trask

Big Moment For Trask

Trask was the Buccaneers’ second-round pick in 2021, and many thought he would be the successor to Tom Brady. However, after being inactive in every 2021 game and a rough start to training camp in 2022, those thoughts might have changed. 

This game against the Dolphins was a big one for Trask. Brady was not playing, so Trask would get a majority of the snaps. In fact, he played 82% of the offensive snaps for the Bucs on Saturday. His final stat line was 258 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and a fumble. 

Trask Only Got Better

Trask got progressively better for the Buccaneers on Saturday. He started out with a nice drive that resulted in a score, but then had back-to-back drives with turnovers. The interception was a lucky one for the Dolphins, but the common theme with Trask was that he held onto the ball too long. 

“Yeah I mean, especially in the preseason, you just need to get the ball out quicker,” said Trask. Trask notices his flaws but was still pleased with his overall play.

“Obviously you want to win the game, but just looking at my performance I’m really proud of the amount of growth I’ve shown, but I know I also have a long way to go to get to where I want to be.” 

Praise From Buccaneers’ HC

Trask’s best moment was midway through the third quarter when he threw a perfect touch pass to undrafted rookie wide receiver Jerreth Sterns for a touchdown. This was Trask’s only touchdown, but it was one for the highlight reel. 

“He had a great throw on that, and he had a lot of touch on the ball,” said head coach Todd Bowles. 

The other area of the game that Bowles praised Trask for was the two-minute drill at the end of the game. Trask drove the team down the field and put them in a position to win the game, even if they did not. 

“The two-minute situation was outstanding,” said Bowles. 

There may be concerns that Trask’s best play came against lower-level talent on the Dolphins’ depth chart, but he played well, and put the team in a winning situation, despite the result. In terms of development, playing just about the entire game was critical for his comfort in the team. That comfort only increased as the game progressed.

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