Bucs Rookie Kicker Gets Heckled to Pieces
As an NFL kicker, or really any kicker on any level of football, you have one job. Kick the ball through the goal posts every time. Now that's obviously easier said than done, especially when you turn pro and people actually give a damn because, you know, you're getting paid millions of dollars and stuff.
Roberto Aguayo has fully felt the pressures of being a professional kicker right out of the gate, and has quickly learned what the repercussions are if you're terrible at it. The 22-year old rookie out of Florida State has missed an extra point, a 32-yarder, and 49-yarder so far this preseason. The Tampa Bay Bucs, who used their second-round pick on Aguayo in April, are quickly looking for a solution to their kicking conundrum as the season edges closer. The Florida native's struggles have not only been evident during games, but apparently on the practice field as well.
Booed at practice? That's when you know it has to be bad for this kid. Keep in mind Aguayo was one of the most accurate kickers in NCAA HISTORY... I guess nothing can compare to performing at a high level on the biggest stage of them all. It has to be absolutely demoralizing for Roberto, who has largely been regarded as a "generational talent." See for yourself...
More importantly, if this kid winds up being a complete dud, the GM of the Bucs needs to get canned. For a team that went 6-10 last year to TRADE UP to get a kicker in the second round, you have to be kidding me. If Sebastian Janokowski and Adam Vinateri birthed an ultimate kicking child, I still wouldn't draft him in the 2nd round.
I'd say that guy hit the nail on the head.