It hasn’t even been a year since the Buccaneers not only used a second-round pick on a kicker, but traded up for the privilege of doing so.
Now, they’ve brought in a veteran to make him earn his job, or to replace him.
Folk has been a perfectly serviceable kicker, making 27-of-31 field goals (87.1 percent) last year, compared to Aguayo’s 22-of-31 (71.0 percent).
But even if the Bucs keep a thumb on the scales of this competition (to avoid the embarrassment of wasting picks on a kicker), Folk is good enough to push Aguayo, which may be what he needs. Of course, he’s shown he has the mechanics of kicking down, but it’s often a job of confidence, and his has to be sagging.
Once the most accurate kicker in college football history, Aguayo struggled last year, and became a punchline who was booed by his own fans before he kicked in his first regular season game.