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Steelers Defeats Tampa Bay 27-17 In NFL Preseason Week 1

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Steelers Defeats Tampa Bay 27-17 In NFL Preseason Week 1

A description of the quarterback competition between Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask in the first preseason game at Raymond James Stadium.

All eyes were on the head-to-head competition between Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask for the starting signal-caller duties in Tampa Bay going into the Buccaneers preseason opener against the Steelers. Performances during the preliminary schedule will be taken into consideration extensively by the Bucs brass when making their final choice.

Baker Mayfield started the game on Friday night at Raymond James, while Kyle Trask got the chance to start on Sunday against the Jets in New Jersey. The vested veteran, Mayfield, finished the game completing eight out of nine throws for 63 yards and a score for a quarterback rating of 132.9. Trey Palmer scored on the final play of a nine-play, 59-yard scoring drive that he directed. Just out of reach of Steelers defensive back James Pierre and into Palmer’s eager hands, Mayfield sent the ball into the back corner of the end zone. Up until the last two minutes of the game, that was the Bucs’ only touchdown of the day.

Mayfield said of his first game as a Buccaneer, “It felt good.” Obviously, there are a lot of offensive things to fix. With a couple illegal formation penalties and simply the minor things, like getting lined up correctly, [we] were careless.On the field, our offensive line needs to be much cleaner.

In terms of personal development, Mayfield is concentrated on taking charge of the offence and managing the football.

“I mentioned getting us in better position on the run game stuff, but just having advantageous looks and taking advantage of those,” Mayfield retorted. “My personal preference is to just keep operating and maintain offence command. I handled the ball well and did not endanger it, so I will only keep improving there.

With six NFL seasons spent playing for the Browns, Panthers, and Rams, Mayfield, 28, has a definite advantage in terms of experience. He has passed for 16,288 yards and 102 touchdowns. Contrarily, Trask, 25, had only played in two games over the previous two seasons. He made an appearance in the regular-season finale at Atlanta last year and completed three of nine passes for 23 yards. Trask has continued to hone his confidence throughout the offseason conditioning regimen, which has translated into poise in the pocket.

He entered the game in the second quarter of the Steelers’ 27-17 defeat on Friday. Trask completed six of ten throws for 99 yards and an interception for a 53.8 quarterback rating to cap off his preseason debut. He made key plays that helped the team gain momentum, such as a 23-yard pass to David Moore. However, penalties and frequent errors put the Bucs in a losing position. Trask was sacked three times and will try to recover when he plays a rising NFL team.

Trask said, “Obviously there were mistakes done. “We just need to fix those issues so we can move on…We’ll see how we do when we play a squad in New York the next week that has a lot of buzz.

Players need to have a short memory while switching from one play to the next so they don’t let a bad play in the past affect the ones to come. In a similar vein, Trask will have another opportunity to demonstrate the qualities that made him a second-round pick the following week. In the team’s second preseason game, Trask will try to establish his value against a Jets defence that is improving.

For want of a better term, Trask said, “I have felt very nervous the last two preseason games and this year, I have felt very confident in my ability.” “My body and arm strength felt improved, I thought…I had both successful and unsuccessful plays, but many positive learning opportunities.

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