The Buccaneers’ second-year kicker – yes, still a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft – missed an extra point and a field goal in Tampa Bay’s preseason-opening loss to the Bengals.
Aguayo missed an extra point and a 47-yard field goal attempt in Tampa Bay’s preseason opener Friday night, prompting reporters to ask Coach Dirk Koetter afterward if he had just kicked himself out of a job.
Veteran Nick Folk, who was brought in to challenge and possibly beat out Aguayo, made his only field goal attempt, a 45-yarder. I know I pushed it a little bit, and I felt hopefully it would stay in but it broke right.
To say Aguayo’s transition to the National Football League was bad would be an understatement. I hit it good. Not what I wanted.
Aguayo’s one shining moment came in Week 11 against Kansas City Chiefs (ironically the team the Bucs traded with to draft Aguayo), where he hit all four of his field goal attempts in 19-17 victory. “You just have to keep your head up move on to the next day”. “You’d like to keep your chances alive as long as you can to be in the game and that just ended our chances”. He made 32 of 34 extra points last season.
After an incredible career at Florida State where Aguayo made 198-of-198 PATs and 69-of-78 field goals, the Buccaneers traded up in the second round of the National Football League draft to grab Aguayo with the 59th overall pick. Aguayo’s longest made field goal a year ago was just 43 yards.