Off the Record (OTR)

When do Bucs bail on Aguayo?

Maybe this is why you don’t draft kickers in the second round. In 2016, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers used their second-round pick in the NFL Draft to take one of the best kickers in college history. Not only that, they traded up to do it.

Honestly, I had no problem with it. If you’re getting an all-world kicker that is going to be lights out for 15 years, I’m all for it. I don’t care how high you draft him. Kickers win and lose games.

But, former Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo hasn’t even been solid for the Bucs. He’s been abysmal. He was 22 of 31 for 71% accuracy last season. In the 1960’s he’d be hailed as a Hall of Famer. It’s not the 1960’s. Nowadays, 90% might get your ass cut. There is very, very little patience for missed field goals these days in the NFL.

Because the Bucs spent so many resources to get him, they have to give him every chance in the world. And they have. But, at some point they have to admit the mistake and move on. I think that time is coming soon. Aguayo missed another field goal last night as well as an extra point. For a team with high hopes for the upcoming season, you can’t have a lousy kicker. And he’s been just that.

Head coach Dirk Koetter was asked about Aguayo’s performance and he said that it will “definitely be talked about.”

For what it’s worth, Nick Folk was good on his 45-yard attempt on Friday night. I can’t imagine Aguayo has much more rope left in Tampa.

But, this has to be mental. If I was a team in need of a kicker, I think I’d jump on Aguayo. I know it sounds stupid, but I really feel like the only explanation for how one can go from stud college kicker to total turd in the pros is that he’s feeling the weight of that second-round status. I can’t think of another reason. He was too good at one point to all of a sudden be this horrific.

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