Roberto Aguayo waived by Buccaneers after bad preseason game

Lynette Rowe
August 12, 2017

Aguayo, a former Groveland South Lake standout, missed an extra point and a 47-yard field goal during Friday's 23-12 Bucs loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bucs finally released their mistake in grabbing a kicker so early, but now maybe Aguayo can shake off the pressure of his draft status and thrive on another team. The Bucs had turned to young kickers in each of the previous two seasons, with first-year player Pat Murray in 2014 and rookie Kyle Brindza in 2015; Brindza struggled enough that he was released and replaced by veteran Connor Barth a month later.

"Honestly, the [extra point] felt good, " he said. "When I caught it, I knew I pushed it a little bit and I was like, 'hopefully it will stay in, ' but it hit the upright". He also missed two extra points. I want to change this.

The unfortunate reality is that the pick is looking increasingly like a massive failure, because Robert Aguayo just doesn't make his kicks.

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"Like I remember I told him as a sophomore, remember I told you in the spring he wasn't kicking really good". Obviously not up to the standards that I want. In the third quarter, Nick Folk nailed a 45-yard field goal. "Got in field goal range and the chance to kick one, go for an onside kick and, just, you'd like to keep your chances alive as long as you can to be in the game and that just ended our chances". 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.

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter is getting fed up with Aguayo's misses. He will get another opportunity to kick in the National Football League at some point.

"I keep saying it".

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