“Nothing Caught Me Off Guard”

August 15th, 2021

Bucs rookie QB Kyle Trask

It was a strange Saturday night for Bucs backup quarterbacks.

Joe’s not sure what the heck Ryan Griffin was doing. He didn’t look like a 31-year-old veteran hungry to win a job.

And after the ugly Griffin show (two interceptions) came rookie QB Kyle Trask, the second-round pick. Trask threw two high-difficulty deep balls into the hands of Bucs receivers. Neither was complete.

That’s what happens when you’re playing in preseason with future Hertz assistant managers, government contact tracers and graduate chemistry students.

Joe was very impressed by Trask’s deep ball.

Trask also looked reasonably poised and said multiple times after the game that, “Nothing caught me off guard” and that he felt prepared and ready for his NFL debut.

Overall, however, Trask was 4-of-15 for 35 yards and his lack of mobility was on display at times.

Joe expects Bucco Bruce Arians to come out today at his news conference and say he liked the film of Trask and his deep shots and touch. But Joe is intrigued to hear Arians’ overall film review, as well.

36 Responses to ““Nothing Caught Me Off Guard””

  1. Greg Says:

    I thought Kyle Trask looked better than his statistics last night. Showed off strong arm and accuracy two receivers that were so bad they don’t need to get vaccinated because they can’t catch anything! I know it has nothing to do with the article but I’m so sick and tired of constant stories about Winston on a buccaneer site.

  2. PSL Bob Says:

    Trask won’t have to scramble as much when he plays behind the team’s starting o-line. He’ll start hitting those intermediate routes with more precision when his protection gets better. But, he’ll also have to learn from TB to get rid of the ball more quickly, regardless of protection.

  3. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    ^^^ Articles about the NFC South competition are right on track, Winston included.

  4. Pickgrin Says:

    Trask did just fine.

    He threw catchable balls for the most part – and displayed arm strength with reasonable accuracy on a few longer attempts.

    Kyle’s pocket presence obviously needs some work – but that is to be expected.

    Decent first outing for the kid IMO. He played at least as well as Griffin – if not better.

  5. James Walker Says:

    The receivers let Trask down. He looked like a rookie NFL QB, the receivers looked like UPS delivery drivers.

  6. Casual Observer Says:

    Trask looked OK to me. Decent first outing.

  7. Medicated Pete Says:

    2 of Kyle’s deep balls were right in their hands

  8. Bbro Says:

    Brady was in then gone he may of stayed in if AB would of caught that pass that went between his hands. Gabbert looked good, nice drive put together and touch on the ball. Griffin tried forcing the ball that become pics in a couple situations. Trask didn’t make the big mistakes and I believe he would of had more completions with veteran receivers there were five or more balls that were easily catchable. Everyone got to play and Hagan looked very good and Joe T is going to be a nightmare for offenses. It was preseason and coach got a good feel on a lot of players and one needs a haircut in a bad way 😉

  9. JimmyJack Says:

    Pickgrin thats funny. I thought Trasks had pretty good pocket presence. Goes to show ya how differently fans can see the game.

    I thought it was cool that Byron didnt hold back and dialed up 4 Biscuits for Trask. As Joe said, he hit on 2 of them but his recievers couldnt bring them in……..I have to think if Trask has Mike Evans and Antinio Brown on the outside those plays get made and Trask puts points on the board.

    All in all I think Trask is in a good spot here as a developing QB.

  10. JimmyJack Says:

    Also another great thing about Trasks performance is that his statline was absolutely pathetic on paper. This will help all the haters to keep hating and we can continue to bicker about Trask. Gotta love a good heated sports argument.

  11. Todd Says:

    Man oh man, I was expecting an Arian’s press conference after the game saying, “By far the best player in the field last night was Kyle Trask. He threw for over 100 yards with perfect precision in less than a quarter…if his receivers could catch the damn balls!”

    Maybe it’s coming Monday.

    Kyle, if you’re reading this (which I know you and other players do daily), know that, “We see you!”

    Good job last night!


  12. Pickgrin Says:

    Jimmy Jack –

    I thought there were a couple/few times that Trask was a tad slow to react when it came time to move from his ‘spot’. Again – nothing to be concerned with and perfectly understandable. It was his very first live action against NFL speed. Not to mention the OLine in front of him was not doing a very good job of giving him much time to work with.

    The kid looked competent – threw some nice balls – a few of which should have been caught and weren’t.

    Getting all the snaps he did last night was a very valuable learning experience for the Bucs young project QB…..

  13. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    I posted this on another story. “On offense from what I saw is I’d rather have Trask be #2 behind Brady. His #s hide the fact he constantly threw good clean passes and he made quicker decisions better than the other two. Those two should be lights out better than he is in his 1st year in Arians’ offense but aren’t. That o line around him sucked but he stood in what little pocket he had going thru his progressions and on that first sack almost NOBODY would have a chance not even Mr. Jackson from Baltimore. He didn’t even have a chance to to look for the hot read, he was running for his life almost the instant he got the ball yet almost got away. #44(?) simply made a great play. Our other three would’ve been crushed as TB12 was earlier. “Lucy you have some ‘splainin to do” Gabbert and “Throwin with Ms. Daisy” Griffin aren’t our answer at backup qb. Anybody who says Trask was trash last night are blinded by their “I’m a fanboy of my Alma Mater” love fest. STILL butt sore from the fact the Bucs didn’t draft who they wanted.”

    Trask will be better than good behind “The GOAT, Mr. 7 Rings, The Franchise, TB12, Tompa Bay and every other good name you can think for him” Mr. Tom Brady. We will be in good hands with Kyle Trask when Brady retires.

  14. Buczilla Says:

    Trask looked about right for a second round rookie QB. The arm talent was apparent, as was his lack of mobility. If mobility wasn’t an issue, there’s no way that he lasts until nearly the third round. First impression for me is that he looks like a solid second round pick.

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Trask looked exactly how he should look for a late 2nd round pick who will sit on the bench for 2 years behind Brady…..
    He will have many, many practices and several preseason games to prepare…

    And, you have to consider, he was playing with the 2nd or 3rd string Oline, WRs, & TEs……

    Give this kid the chance he deserves….

    BA, Licht, BL & Brady didn’t all of the sudden get stupid by bringing him in.

  16. JimmyJack Says:

    Pickgrin. Maybe what i was noticing rather then pocket presence was that Trask looked poised out there last night. He recieved a decent amount of pressure and it didnt seem to get to him. Lot of times youll see a young QB pannick in those kind of situations. Didnt seem to get to Trask, at least thats what I thought………….The only throw that I didnt like was the 1st down pass to Tanner Hudson. It was way off the mark high and Tanner was able to make a great play to bring it in but I fear if thats O.J. Howard on the other end that becomes a tipped ball in the worst possible spot on the field.

    Plenty of spot for Trask to grow but a very encouraging start……especially on those deep throws……kinda a big deal in this offense.

  17. JimmyJack Says:

    Something I must mention is that Blaine was our best QB last night. Yall give that guy a ton of hate and I just love it when a player makes you gag on your own words.

    Now go on and squirm for a excuse……..And I will mention that O.J. Howard might just crap all over my little opinion so yall can throw that back in my face if that happens.

  18. Alanbucsfan Says:

    The best defensive player for Bengals last night was J Ossai – picked 5 spots after Trask.
    A Cisco- the pick after Trask, was impressive with Jags in his debut.

    I’m also a Gator fan, but c’mon, Trask is a big guy with a big arm, but not mobile and by the time he plays, Bucs will be a much different team- still don’t like the pick.

  19. Bucs since 76 Says:

    First people said Trask needed a stronger arm, now he not mobile enough. Brady can’t be called mobile and he is the goat. Brady has one or two more years left. So when are we going to get is replacement. Trask may not be the answer but we didn’t spend the first pick of the draft to find out like we did with Winston.

  20. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    “Joe was very impressed by Trask’s deep ball”

    Yea, me too Joe. I had been concerned about Trask’s arm strength, but no more. He threw one ball 60 yards in the air and he threw a few fast balls as well. His receivers did not do him any favors.

  21. Tackleblockwin Says:

    The biggest thing Trask learned is the speed of NFL rushers. Next step for him is to learn to throw the ball away or take off sprinting. He did a nice job not forcing passes and had 0 turnovers. For a fourth string QB rookie, he will improve once we cut Griffen. We need to focus on him now as the future heavily in practices.

  22. crazybucs_CL Says:

    …between lazy/slow team efforts, interceptions, terrible offense, rookies disarray; K Trask was the only good/cheerful thing, that got the crowd up and exited last night. As first contact with the team, SB team, folks yesterday did not get what they were looking for….it is pre-season and you try stuff, yeah yeah, but fans want it something special…. they did not get it.
    Trask, he is OK, and will get better…. we may have something good.

  23. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    You cannot be a conservative qb even in the Tom Brady no riskit no biskit offense. Griffin is not a good fit for for that or Arians no riskit no biskit. Cut him now and let Trask get all those extra reps.

  24. Cobraboy Says:

    Trask looked fine to me, considering he was playing with future beer truck drivers, PE teachers, UPD drivers, and brick masons.

    Tom Brady would not have looked any better, IMO.

    He showed some decent arm and didn’t seem to get rattled in the pocket.

    I caught the HUGE grin on Leftwich’s face after Trask’s first series. You could almost read his lips: “Welcome to the NFL, rookie…”

  25. Bird Says:

    Griffin definitely showed the coaches he will not be on the team this year
    Maybe runs the practice team

  26. Craig Says:

    Trask showed better poise and touch than several of our previous starting QBs. With Brady as a mentor, his stock will go nowhere but up.

    It is nice to see a rookie QB that isn’t going to be thrown into the fire too soon.

  27. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Swing and a miss, Pete.

  28. BuccaneerButters Says:

    Super stoked with Trask last night. Receivers failed him. He stood strong in the pocket. He’ll get there. Definitely looked better than Griffin last night. He deserves 3rd string at least so far.

  29. An Erection for Sacks Says:

    Lol@”graduate chemistry students”.

    Not very likely.

  30. David Says:

    Trask looked good.
    The o line did him no favors.
    The wrs he played with could not separate or catch.

    He did fine on the pocket, maybe could have reacted to pressure a tad quicker a couple times.

    Overall though, for playing with a bunch of scrubs that won’t be on the team, he did pretty damn good

  31. BradyBucs Says:


    What on earth is this “Biscuit” you keep referring to? BIscuit certainly doesn’t refer to just a deep pass. It means scoring in general.

    Trask played GREAT. He proved the “lack of arm strength” stuff that hurt his draft stock was highly overblown. That cannon shot to Hudson to the first down was a bullet. McPhearson dropped two of Trask’s passes that hit him right in both hands.

    The deep sideline pass was a thing of beauty even though the WR couldn’t get both feet in bounds.

    He rarely got decent pass protection from that 5th string O-Line. So he was often having to move out of the pocket before setting to throw. Notice he ran no play action passes. That crap line didn’t give him a chance to.

    He also had no prayer at the end of the game when BOTH ends came clean on that sack. That O-Line was PATHETIC to close out the game.

  32. BucsFan Says:

    I think that Trask did a great job last night. He made a couple highly accurate passes (one of which was incomplete) but overall I like where he is headed. I think he will begin the season as a 3rd stringer (especially based on Griffin’s performance) and I think it will be fun to watch him compete against Gabbert for the backup job.

  33. JimmyJack Says:

    BradyBucs….I think if you wanna get technical a biscuit refers to anytime you take more risk then what would be a normal play for down and distance. You know, no riscuit no biscuit?…..So a play like the one before halftime would be the ultimate biscuit.

    A biscuit probably also refers to defensive philosphy as well but Ive never heard it truely defined. That means I get to make my own definition for biscuit and to me it refers to any time the QB is looking deep downfield looking to throw a bomb. Its fun as hell to call out biscuits live during the game and dont you dare try to take that away from me.

    Oh and just one point on the O Line……When the second unit got in they were looking pretty good to me. Really liked the push they got on the TD run. In the second half we looked really bad up front but I dont think that was any players who will be making the team so not the end of the world………For what its worth our D Line also looked terrible in the 2nd half and couldnt stop the run at all. Thats a rare site.

  34. Oneilbuc Says:

    The only reason why Gabbert is the backup is because he’s BA friend. He knows he don’t have to play well to be the number 2. He’s not playing for his Job because of his friend ship with BA . And one more thing it ain’t no guarantee that Brady coming back next year.

  35. matthew veal Says:

    There are so few open jobs I think a lot of the beyyer back of the roster possibilities chose other teams.

    There has been a lot of comments etc this week about leaving tge pocket too early (the kc sb qb). Plus nicknames for qbs that scare easily. Trask looked like his early days at Florida running for his life. Thing is he got injured doing too much of that.

    He looked good, particularly in plays longer than average, but I suspect longer than average plays usually are advantage defense, same as the long pass which Trask had 2 nice ones and 2 not sure.

    My question, is that Trask strengths are in areas of disadvantage and injury risk. Perhaps there is value there worth it.

    As a gator I’ve never understood how Mullen and Johnson, his position coach now with the eagles, picked Franks over Trask. Maybe the question is more relevant than my original thinking.

    The flip is that Tyron is in the advantage in these areas.

    It’s almost like the bucs hedged things, love both guys, but you never know, at least I font.

  36. BradyBucs Says:


    They don’t refer to anything specific as a “Biscuit” hence the reason you should stop using as a reference to certain plays. Arians term was just in general about “you don’t take risks, you don’t eat” or don’t get rewards. But they don’t call anything a Biscuit play or more Biscuit-like etc over other plays.

    Bottom line: Please stop using it as a reference to specific plays. Arians doesn’t, you shouldn’t, because it sounds silly.