Buccaneers cut ties with kicker Roberto Aguayo

  • Buccaneers cut ties with kicker Roberto Aguayo

Buccaneers cut ties with kicker Roberto Aguayo

After being selected unusually high in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, he only connected on 71 percent of his field goal attempts in his first year in the league, which ranked 31st or last among qualified kickers.

However, Friday night's game apparently topped it off as his kicking game woes continued on and he missed one field-goal and an extra point attempt in the team's loss to the Bengals in their preseason opener.

The placekicker actually got the game started with an opening-drive chip-shot field goal from 20 yards out.

Aguayo sat alone for a few minutes after dressing at his locker following Friday's game.

Jets veteran Nick Folk, whom the Bucs signed in March, would appear to have the inside track on the job as the only place-kicker remaining on the roster. He never missed an extra point attempt either. You just have to keep your head up and move onto the next day. Aguayo struggled in 2015 missing, five of 26 field goals in his final season. He made 88.5 percent of his field goal tries, going 69-of-78. Not what I wanted.

Asked if he thought he may have cost himself a job with Friday's performance, Aguayo said, "You wanted to come out and be flawless". I want to change that. But at the end of the day, I know what I'm capable of doing. You're a kicker. You gotta make your kicks. I've done big things throughout my career and I know that I'm capable of doing that and capable of being here. "It's a new day".

Aguayo missed his first kick vs the Philadelphia Eagles during a preseason game previous year, and he was boo'd off the field by Bucs fans after missing more kicks during practice.