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Buccaneers cut ties with kicker Roberto Aguayo

12 August 2017, 10:11 | Joan Schultz

Roberto Aguayo

Roberto Aguayo

The Bucs traded up into the second round to draft Aguayo after he was an All-American kicker at Florida State.

However, Aguayo nearly immediately struggled with accuracy in the National Football League, missing nine of 31 field goal attempts and two of 34 extra-point attempts in 2016. His 71 percent on field goals was the lowest in the NFL.

Aguayo missed two field goals in Friday night's preseason loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, 23-12.

Aguayo worked with a mental coach during his rookie year to try to overcome his misses.

It's a little surprising that they didn't let the competition play its way through training camp but at the same time Folk is a reliable kicker and if need be, the Buccaneers can bring in another kicker to compete with Folk instead of handing him the job outright. Aguayo's longest made field goal a year ago was just 43 yards.

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Aguayo entered the game ahead of Folk on the team's depth chart, but clearly his performance cause the team to make the decision to cut him.

"Honestly, the [extra point] felt good, " he said.

Aguayo made a 20-yard field goal for the Bucs in the game, but missed a 47-yard attempt and an extra point. Not what you want.

Bucs Dirk Koetter appeared to have lost all faith in Aguayo after Friday's game. Not what I wanted.

"You know, I keep saying it, I can't say it anymore", Koetter said. You just have to keep your head up and move onto the next day. I want to change that. I did some good things. I've just got to put it in the past. 'Well, this guy said I could get 5 more yards.' I said, 'Did any of those guys make 23 of 24 or 25 of 26 or whatever the heck you did and win the Groza?' I said, 'Why are you listening to them? "It's a new day".

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