Roberto Aguayo: I know I can get back

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Roberto Aguayo’s NFL career got off on the wrong foot and it never recovered.

The Buccaneers traded up to pick Aguayo in the second round of the 2016 draft, but he missed his first kick of the preseason. That planted seeds of doubt in many minds, including Aguayo’s. He told Mirin Fader of Bleacher Report that he began doubting himself in a way he never did at Florida State and his confidence kept dwindling as he missed more kicks over the course of the season.

Aguayo wound up being cut after his rookie season and he has not appeared in a regular season game since then, but says that he has recovered his confidence. He told Fader that he stopped defining himself solely as a kicker and made all nine kicks he tried for the Chargers in the preseason last year.

That didn’t land him a job, remains hopeful that he’ll get another chance this year.

“I know I can get back,” Aguayo said. “People are probably like: ‘Oh, he’s done. He can’t do it anymore.’ No. I did it at a high level in college. I never got a chance to show it again. I know I can. I’m hitting the ball well now. At the end of the day, it’s a matter of opportunity.”

The kicking carousel will spin at one point or another this season, although Aguayo said he wonders if he’d be “bad publicity” will keep teams from going with a player who flamed out in such a notable way.

7 responses to “Roberto Aguayo: I know I can get back

  1. It’s possible.Kickers go hot and cold. Robbie Gould was out of work until the middle of 2016. Since he again found work, he has nailed 82 of his 85 field goal attempts, and may be the best in the game.

  2. Never got a chance? The Bucs kept him around for one season too long only because of where he was drafted. He’s had plenty of chances.

  3. The question is how does a kicker got from the most accurate in college, to not being able to make many kicks in the NFL?

    Some of it was the Bucs drafting him in round two. The expectation was unreal for a any kicker. Aguayo couldn’t handle that type of pressure. Nerves had to play a huge part.

  4. Would love it if the Bears brought him back, but I don’t see it happening. As an FSU fan, this kid was absolutely, remarkably cold-blooded in college and the article sounds like he’s past second-guessing himself now. If he can get back to what he was, he’ll be someone’s kicker for the next decade.

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