The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have waived kicker Roberto Aguayo. The Buccaneers believed so much in the former Florida State kicker that the team traded up in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft to take him.
Aguayo was inconsistent throughout his rookie season, converting only 22-of-31 field goal attempts while converting 32-of-34 point-after tries. On Friday night, he continued his struggles by missing two kicks in the Bucs' preseason opener, including an extra point.
Nick Folk, who was signed in the offseason to compete with Aguayo, made his only field-goal attempt Friday night, a 45-yarder. "You're a kicker, you gotta make your kicks". I know I pushed it a little bit, and I felt hopefully it would stay in but it broke right.
"Like I remember I told him as a sophomore, remember I told you in the spring he wasn't kicking really good". Not what I wanted. I want to change that. "You just have to keep your head up move on to the next day".
The placekicker actually got the game started with an opening-drive chip-shot field goal from 20 yards out. You wanted to come out and be flawless. I hit some good kickoffs. He connected on 23 of 24 field goals during the Seminoles' national title run in 2013 and was a Groza award finalist in 2014 after converting 27 of 30 field goals. I've just got to put it in the past.
"But it's natural instinct to think, 'I want to get better.' And I'm not saying he's doing that - I don't know. It's a new day".
The Buccaneers are back in action for their second preseason game on August 17 when they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. Folk converted 82.2 percent of his field goal attempts during his seven seasons in NY.