Roberto Aguayo “just having fun with” kicking competition

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Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo‘s practice results during his rookie season were followed closely because every miss served to confirm the feelings of those that felt the team gave up too much when they traded up to the second round of the 2016 draft to take him.

Even if that wasn’t the case, Aguayo wouldn’t have flown under the radar because there were plenty of misses in camp and in the regular season. Aguayo finished the year 31-of-43 on field goals and missed two extra points, which meant that he was thrust into a competition with veteran Nick Folk for the job this year.

Friday was a good day for Aguayo in that competition. He made all of his kicks, leading coach Dirk Koetter to say it was a “lights-out” day for the second-year kicker. Aguayo explained that he’s “just having fun with” camp this year, which may be easier with fewer daily updates on his performance.

“I was just making it more than what it really is,” Aguayo said, via the team’s website. “You come into the NFL and you think…there are things that you’ve got to do a little better. It’s a job. But at the end of the day, keep doing what you’re doing. Take it back to when you were young and all you did was go out there and have fun. Enjoy the ride. That’s one of the things Coach Koetter says, ‘Enjoy the ride,’ and I’m trying to do more of that.”

Aguayo may be back in the spotlight when the Bucs’ run on Hard Knocks and the preseason schedule get underway, but if he can keep enjoying himself he’ll be a good bet to remain the kicker in Tampa this year.

9 responses to “Roberto Aguayo “just having fun with” kicking competition

  1. Should Aguayo have to meet a higher standard that competitor Nick Falk? Heck Yeah. They are about even so far, but let’s see Aguayo win it out during the preseason games. If it was all in his head and he was just too serious about it his shrink he saw last year would have fixed that. Also, the young man’s form is awful. Every kick looks different–random, even flailed at times. It’s not just how many you make when competing, it’s how accurate you are overall. And frankly, last year Aguayo was so bad the Bucs would go for it on PATs and inside the red zone vice trust him…so his negative impact is more than meets the eye.

  2. FSU Alum and Bucs fan here–Aguayo’s accuracy outside of 40 yards was really bad in college. Folk was a great kicker for the Jets in the NFL. I love my ‘noles, but I want my Bucs to roll with the best players availabl. I’m rooting for Aguayo, but he will make me nervous if he wins the comp.

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