Robert Aguayo Might Just Be Bad at Kicking Footballs

Doug Mendoza
August 12, 2017

The heated battle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers placekicking job has officially come to an end after the Bucs made the announcement that the team has parted ways with Roberto Aguayo after his poor performance against the Bengals. Immediately after they were ridiculed by everyone because no team ever takes a kicker that high in the draft.

Aguayo was inconsistent throughout his rookie season, converting only 22-of-31 field goal attempts while converting 32-of-34 point-after tries.

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 pretty stunning fall from grace for Aguayo, who was arguably the best kicker in college football history. He never missed an extra point attempt either.

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The placekicker actually got the game started with an opening-drive chip-shot field goal from 20 yards out. 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. I know I pushed it a little bit, and I felt hopefully it would stay in but it broke right.

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter sounded extremely frustrated with his kicker after the game. He was last in the National Football League with a field goal percentage of 71. Not what I wanted.

"I keep saying it and I can't say it anymore". I want to change that.

"Like I remember I told him as a sophomore, remember I told you in the spring he wasn't kicking really good. You're a kicker. You've gotta make your kicks", Koetter said, via I've just got to put it in the past.

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