Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut kicker Roberto Aguayo

12 August, 2017, 22:43 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Jameis Winston throws during the first quarter

Former Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday afternoon. It was the first time a kicker had gone so high since 2005, when the Jets took Mike Nugent. Aguayo pinged the extra point attempt off the uprights - he called the miss "unlucky" after the game - and missed the field goal attempt wide right. Less than a day after the kicker missed a field and PAT in the Buccaneers' 23-12 preseason loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the team announced they had waived him. The kicker even consulted a mental coach to try to help him figure it out.

After quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick hit paydirt from six yards out to give Tampa its first touchdown, Aguayo lined up...and missed the extra point. Aguayo ranks No. 3 All-Time in the NCAA in field goal percentage and in points scored for the ACC. Not what I wanted.

The Bucs traded up into the second round to draft Aguayo after he was an All-American kicker at Florida State. I hit it good and it just started to fade. I want to change that. Many have called for it and it looks like Jason Licht and Dirk Koetter have had enough. I've done big things throughout my career and I know that I'm capable of doing that and capable of being here.

"You've got to enjoy it, you've got to embrace it", Aguayo told reporters on August 4 when asked about the competition.

"I keep saying it". I've just got to put it in the past.

Nick Folk made a 45-yard field goal in the third quarter Friday, not only fueling frustration among Bucs fans but likely also hastening Aguayo's exit. "It's a new day".

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