Bucs dump Roberto Aguayo a year after trading up for kicker

Bucs dump Roberto Aguayo a year after trading up for kicker

Bucs dump Roberto Aguayo a year after trading up for kicker

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 have been criticized by national NFL analysts for selecting Aguayo with a second-round pick in the 2016 draft. He struggled as a rookie, connecting on only 71 percent of his field goals.

Aguayo also stunk it up in the early going previous year, missing an extra point in the Bucs' first preseason game and two field goals in their second.

The Buccaneers cut ties with their kicker after just one season Saturday, one day after Aguayo missed two kicks in a 23-12 preseason loss to the Bengals.

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It's a little surprising that they didn't let the competition play its way through training camp but at the same time Folk is a reliable kicker and if need be, the Buccaneers can bring in another kicker to compete with Folk instead of handing him the job outright. I had a field goal in there but at the end of the day, it wasn't what I wanted.

It didn't help Aguayo's case when Nick Folk drilled a 45-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.

Aguayo made a 20-yard field goal for the Bucs in the game, but missed a 47-yard attempt and an extra point. Folk had been solid with the Jets before arriving in Tampa Bay. I hit it good and it just started to fade. Not what I wanted. I've just got to put it in the past.

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter sounded extremely frustrated with his kicker after the game. Obviously, not up to the standards that I want. "You just have to keep your head up move on to the next day". You're a kicker. You gotta make your kicks.

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