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Following a poor Week 1 preseason performance, many fans were calling for kicker Roberto Aguayo to be cut, and the Buccaneers apparently agreed.
The 23-year old was drafted in the second-round of the 2016 NFL Draft by Buccaneers’ general manager Jason Licht.
As I wrote in an article published on The Pewter Plank, the trade up and eventual selection may go down as Licht’s worst move as the GM in Tampa Bay.
Rick Stroud has reported on Twitter, it’s one mistake Licht won’t live with any longer, as the team has released the former Florida State standout.
Bucs have released PK Roberto Aguayo.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) August 12, 2017
In his rookie season, Aguayo made just 71% of his field goal attempts and missed two extra point tries.
In a league like the NFL, every point counts, and the NCAA’s most accurate kicker ever left a total of 29-points on the field.
Despite this, the Buccaneers and head coach Dirk Koetter decided to give the young prospect one-more opportunity, but not without pressure applied.
Bringing in veteran kicker Nick Folk was all the alarm Aguayo needed to know the franchise wasn’t just going to keep him because of how much they spent to get him.
Performance would be key.
After an inconsistent off-season program where he was often overshadowed by the elder kicker, Aguayo got his shot in Cincinnati last night.
What he did with that shot was miss an extra point and a field goal late in the game without the game on the line.
This is important, because preseason when the game is just about over is about the least amount of pressure a kicker can have. Yet he still failed to come through.
After the game, the head coach talked about how he just couldn’t say anymore to Aguayo about how he and the team needed him to make kicks.
Apparently, there’s nothing left to say, as the team has moved on.
Now, the Buccaneers will likely bring in another young talent looking for a chance to prove himself. Stay tuned to find out who in the coming days.
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.