The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released kicker Roberto Aguayo Saturday afternoon just one year after trading up to pick him in the second round of the 2016 National Football League draft - an unheard of risk to take on a kicker.
Aguayo missed his first kick vs the Philadelphia Eagles during a preseason game a year ago, and he was boo'd off the field by Bucs fans after missing more kicks during practice. On Friday night, he continued his struggles by missing two kicks in the Bucs' preseason opener, including an extra point.
The Buccaneers kicker began the preseason flawless by way of a chip shot 20-yard field goal on Tampa Bay's opening drive.
First, a point-after attempt from the right hash went wayward - actually, it was perfectly straight, but the problem was it needed to not be straight - and DOINK! He was then brought out late in the fourth quarter for a 47-yard field goal attempt. I know I pushed it a little bit, and I felt hopefully it would stay in but it broke right.
"I keep saying it and I can't say it anymore". You're a kicker. You gotta make your kicks.
Aguayo sat alone for a few minutes after dressing at his locker following Friday's game. The kicker even consulted a mental coach to try to help him figure it out. I hit it good. I hit it good and it just started to fade. I want to change this. His 71 percent on field goals was the lowest in the NFL. I want to change that. You just have to keep your head up and move onto the next day. I did some good things. I had a field goal in there but at the end of the day, it wasn't what I wanted.
"When you get bored doing something, 'well there's more I can do".