The Buccaneers face the Browns at home on Friday night in a nationally televised game, which means there will be plenty of eyes on Buccaneers rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo whenever he takes the field.
Aguayo has missed two field goals and an extra point in his first two preseason games and was heckled by the crowd at a practice this week when he missed more kicks. Aguayo is consulting with a “mental coach” and former NFL kicker Ryan Longwell in an attempt to right himself and one of the league’s top kickers for the last two decades said Aguayo can come to him as well.
While answering questions about Aguayo’s struggles, Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri recalled being told by then-Patriots coach Bill Parcells that he was on thin ice after missing five field goals in the first four games of his rookie year and said he’s willing to share what he’s learned with the rookie.
“He can give me a call anytime he wants to,” Vinatieri said, via ESPN.com. “There’s a brotherhood with the specialists. There’s not many of them and we don’t get any respect, so we have to show a little respect for each other. We have to help each other out if we have the opportunity.”
Vinatieri, who wasn’t drafted, said he things Aguayo will figure out because he wouldn’t have been drafted 59th overall (after the Buccaneers traded up) if he “wasn’t really, really good.” That’s obviously what the Bucs believe, but a little confirmation of it on Friday night would be a welcome development all the same.