Nobody got injured, and that’s the only good news from the latest Bucs preseason loss

Kyle Trask’s outing dominates my nightmares.

click to enlarge Kyle Trask at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Aug. 21, 2021. - Tori Richman/Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tori Richman/Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kyle Trask at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Aug. 21, 2021.

Before we get into the ugliness that was Saturday night’s game against the Titans, I’d like to begin by emphasizing that the Bucs accomplished the No. 1 goal in every preseason game ever played.

No injuries. 

Now that we’ve focused on the positives, it’s time for some… not so great stuff. 

The final score ended up being 33-3, but it’s still important to note that no starters played a single minute. And while that score is pretty atrocious (and a pretty accurate display of how the game went), it doesn’t even begin to describe the awful play that was seen at Raymond James Stadium against the Titans. 

I mean, there were some egregious errors. I’m thinking about O.J. Howard and his three drops in the first half and Kyle Trask throwing a pair of interceptions. My mind is also on the rushing attack totaling a whopping 17 yards on 15 attempts. The Bucs fumbling the ball a whopping 6 times also haunts my nightmares (they only lost one fumble, but still). 

It’s still only preseason, but seeing a team play like that is certainly never encouraging. The Bucs simply lacked a lot of oomph on the front lines of both sides of the ball. They gave up 87 yards rushing while only gaining 17 themselves, and while a lot of that had to do with the fact that the Bucs’ starters didn’t play a single down, their offensive line has been absolutely torn to shreds with injuries. 

Luckily none of the starters are a part of that group, but due to the depth guys (including John Molchon, Donnell Stanley and Sadarius Hutcherson) being banged up they have had to resort to getting some guys off the street. 

But the biggest story from Saturday’s game might be the poor play of backup QB and second-round pick Kyle Trask who entered the game in the second half. While the pair of picks certainly is troublesome, his 50% completion rate is equally bothersome. 

I mean, wasn’t this guy’s whole thing that he’s supposed to be incredibly accurate and everything? It’s important to note that it’s only one game, and a preseason game at that, but it still is very concerning. 

So, Bucs fans, it’s not a great night, but it’s also not really super important either. Let’s just hope this isn’t a sign of the times after TB12.

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