Bucs cut beleaguered kicker Roberto Aguayo


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived kicker Roberto Aguayo on Saturday, after his rocky start to the preseason.

However, Aguayo nearly immediately struggled with accuracy in the National Football League, missing nine of 31 field goal attempts and two of 34 extra-point attempts in 2016.

In his rookie season, Aguayo made only 22 of 31 field-goal attempts and 32 of 34 extra-point attempts. But Aguayo's now facing an uphill battle to make the roster-the Bucs' other kicker, Nick Folk, knocked in his only kick of the night, a 45-yarder.

After quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick hit paydirt from six yards out to give Tampa its first touchdown, Aguayo lined up...and missed the extra point. "You just have to keep your head up move on to the next day". "When you're a kicker, you've got to make your kicks", Koetter said.

Aguayo tried to stay upbeat about what happened, but the performance provoked a familiar response from coach Dirk Koetter after the game. "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". It was starting down the line and it just kept fading. Not what I wanted. Ideal in college, Aguayo only managed to make 71.0 percent of his field goals in his rookie year. Obviously, not up to the standards that I want. 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 hit some good kickoffs. "It's a new day".