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When the Buccaneers drafted Florida State’s Roberto Aguayo in the second-round of the 2016 NFL Draft, questions about the pick were sent swirling throughout social media.
After the Buccaneers’ rookie struggled in early season action, fans and media alike pointed at their own prognostication of Aguayo as a bad pick to begin with.
He did have a bit of an upswing, but it was short lived.
Afterward, he ended the year with his job in question and Bucs fans wishing they could give the pick back to Jason Licht.
So then, when the same general manager signed veteran kicker Nick Folk to the roster, it was a call to arms; or legs I guess.
Bottom line, get better or get out.
This was the message, while not directly quoted, that this signing was interpreted as by many for the young kicker.
Things didn’t get any better when Folk drilled several kicks on the accuracy goal-posts (built with less room for error than standard goal-posts). In the same day, Aguayo struggled.
Still, it was OTA’s, a second-year second-round pick isn’t going to get cut in OTAs unless there’s a serious crime committed.
While we haven’t had a single pre-season snap to see the Buccaneers’ kicking dual play out in real-time, we are getting reports and the occasional tweet from media sources on ground at One Buc Place.
Smith quoted head coach Dirk Koetter as saying,
“[He was] lights-out, best day of training camp, best day in a long time. He looked great today. Today, Roberto was money on both ends.”
This is encouraging news for Bucs fans and the team.
The more challenging this kicker competition can be, the better off the franchise will be at the position when a winner is finally decided.
Points aren’t being counted yet, and the snaps aren’t live. Still, the back-and-forth between veteran and young kicker have already been interesting.
I can’t wait to see the product we get in the pre-season.
David Harrison is the NFC South Manager, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lead Writer and Draft Analyst for Pro Football Spot. Follow @draftharrison on Twitter as well as on Facebook. Check out his other work HERE.