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Roberto Aguayo on game-winner: Just another kick

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 10:  Roberto Aguayo #19 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates after his game winning field goal against the Carolina Panthers to win 17-14 at Bank of America Stadium on October 10, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

When the Buccaneers traded up to select kicker Roberto Aguayo in the second round of this year’s draft, the idea was that acquiring the most accurate kicker in college history would take the guesswork out of one phase of their game.

Early struggles in the preseason made it clear that things weren’t going to be quite that easy and the first five weeks of the regular season have been even worse. Aguayo missed three kicks in the first four games and seemed destined for goat horns on Monday night when he missed two field goals in a game that was tied at 14 with overtime fast approaching.

Jameis Winston led a 66-yard drive to give Aguayo one more chance and the rookie was good from 38 yards to give the Bucs a victory.

“I was just hitting the ball in the net and just working on staying smooth and staying comfortable and when I got there, I was just like having another rep in the net, being comfortable and attacking the ball,” Aguayo said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s just another kick.”

That might be the right mindset for Aguayo after so many misses, but it didn’t quite feel that way when the ball left his foot. A miss would have sent the game to overtime and a Panthers win would have sent the Bucs into their bye week with a 1-4 record. Aguayo’s status and the wisdom of spending draft picks that way would have been much discussed, to say nothing of the wisdom of keeping the guy who made the move on hand.

Those discussions may still come, but the game-winner likely makes them less urgent in Tampa.

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25 Responses to “Roberto Aguayo on game-winner: Just another kick”
  1. icebergsimpson says: Oct 11, 2016 7:23 AM

    I’ve been a supporter of Aguayo since day but after the Rams game he is a very hard person to root for. Im happy he got the winning kick but I felt like Jameis could’ve went out there and nailed that kick..

  2. scoocha says: Oct 11, 2016 7:56 AM

    Meet the one kicker who has trouble kicking in the NFL. What’s the % up to now 98%? So easy for these guys.

  3. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Oct 11, 2016 8:21 AM

    Cam Newton is packing it in as we speak

  4. brewster1 says: Oct 11, 2016 8:48 AM

    Sorry, but Tampa sucks and Carolina sucks. What a laugher of a game. All you have to do to beat Tampa is cover Williams and stop Rodgers (who was a stud tonight). Tampa has nothing else. And Carolina shows why Anderson is not a starter; he only looks for Olsen. Artis-Payne was sure impressive. Great night for running backs, which should have been the story here- not some sorry-ass kicker who finally made one.

  5. canetic says: Oct 11, 2016 8:57 AM

    Just another kick that he had a 50/50 shot of making

  6. nhpats says: Oct 11, 2016 8:57 AM

    At least the Panthers found their QB of the future last night.

    1-4

    When will the pounding commence?

  7. snookau says: Oct 11, 2016 9:03 AM

    Tired of hearing that it was a “2nd Round pick”.

    The Bucs took the 4th rounder they stole from Chicago to go back from #9 to #11 and traded it with their 3rd rounder to trade up and get Aguayo.

    Its essentially the Bucs 3rd round pick.

    But he still needs to make kicks. But not a true 2nd rounder considering they still got Hargreaves at #11 when they could’ve had him at #9.

  8. rhunzinger says: Oct 11, 2016 9:07 AM

    @snookau

    I think you might be “misunderstanding” the purpose of “quotation marks”. A player selected in the 2nd round is a 2nd round pick whether it tires you or not.

  9. tacowrecker says: Oct 11, 2016 9:17 AM

    Aguayo should be cut. He’s just not good enough or dependable enough. Baffles me why anyone would draft a kicker when most of the best ones (Tucker, Bailey, Vinatieri etc.) were undrafted. If he wasn’t a 2nd rd pick he’d have already been replaced

  10. icebergsimpson says: Oct 11, 2016 9:18 AM

    brewster1 says:
    Oct 11, 2016 8:48 AM
    Sorry, but Tampa sucks and Carolina sucks. What a laugher of a game. All you have to do to beat Tampa is cover Williams and stop Rodgers (who was a stud tonight). Tampa has nothing else. And Carolina shows why Anderson is not a starter; he only looks for Olsen. Artis-Payne was sure impressive. Great night for running backs, which should have been the story here- not some sorry-ass kicker who finally made one.

    —-

    Who is this Williams you speak of? Do you mean Evans? I think you mean Evans.

  11. stillabucsfan says: Oct 11, 2016 9:28 AM

    BUCS at 2-3 and no losses in the division gives us a little momentum to take the week off, get Doug Martin and Gerald McCoy healthy, look at the offensive line and get it back in tip top shape and get prepared to take a win in San Francisco to bring us to 3-3 and hopefully get on a 4-5 game win streak.

  12. daddeeo says: Oct 11, 2016 9:40 AM

    Monday night football is dead after this match up

  13. NFLexpert says: Oct 11, 2016 9:40 AM

    Just another flakey kicker with the yips…

  14. hukdeep says: Oct 11, 2016 9:51 AM

    Aguayo is Spanish for “miss left”

  15. petedutcherjr says: Oct 11, 2016 10:08 AM

    Buccaneers had the hardest first 5 games in the NFL. They would have been lucky to win just one of them, and they won 2.

    They won this game with mostly backups. Know what that means? They’re better with starters…and most of them return after this weeks bye.

    And the schedule starts to favor the Buccaneers more.

    Meanwhile, the Falcons are winning the division and the Bucs are the ONLY team to beat them…

    You people can continue to underestimate the Bucs as they pull it together. It will make the coming improvement that much better.

  16. petedutcherjr says: Oct 11, 2016 10:09 AM

    Roberto Aguayo will be fine.

  17. thekillernacho says: Oct 11, 2016 10:27 AM

    I’m shocked how bad Aguayo has been so far. Was half expecting his preseason/camp struggles to disappear during the actual game, but I don’t think anyone could predict how bad he has been. I thought he was going to be a great kicker, but still obviously over-drafted in the 2nd round.

    However, so far, it looks like he’s going to be cut sooner than later.

  18. cardinealsfan20 says: Oct 11, 2016 10:45 AM

    No kicker or punter should ever be drafted. Adequate players are always available. They may not be Jankowski or Andy Lee, but guys are always available who will not hurt the team.

  19. billybone says: Oct 11, 2016 10:51 AM

    Oh geez; cannot believe any team would select a kicker in the 2nd round.

    If my memory is correct, didn’t Jacksonville select a kicker in the third round while Russell Wilson was still on the board?

    I don’t get what some of these GM’s are thinking.

  20. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Oct 11, 2016 10:52 AM

    Where is all the dabbin

  21. timmmah10 says: Oct 11, 2016 11:20 AM

    hukdeep says:
    Oct 11, 2016 9:51 AM

    Aguayo is Spanish for “miss left”

    —————————–

    Actually, it’s Spanish for “Water, yo!” Appropriate for a water boy?

  22. honkeyt says: Oct 11, 2016 11:21 AM

    I’m good from 38.

  23. mellimac says: Oct 11, 2016 12:20 PM

    He has the leg, just needs to sort out his fear of hitting it between the posts. Almost got the sense he was scared of hitting it dead center. Maybe, he was just plain scared. He better sort that out quickly…football is not kind to kickers. You are expected to make everyone, not 50% of them.

  24. jonathankrobinson424 says: Oct 11, 2016 12:27 PM

    ….I like the kid and wish him well BUT if he keeps missing the gimmies you have to bring in other kickers to scare the hell out if him. If that doesnt work we may need to trade him for Blair Walsh and let both of them start fresh in a new city……

  25. nflgtcfl says: Oct 11, 2016 1:47 PM

    38 yards? It is a pressure intense kick. But if you can’t make those you should not be in the league. Nothing to celebrate too much over.

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