TAMPA – Beleaguered Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo began his day Friday with a breakfast of eggs, toast and a bottle of water. Bucs coach Dirk Koetter would like to Aguayo stick to those menu choices for good.
“Whatever he had for breakfast today, he better eat it every day,’’ Koetter said after Aguayo turned in what the coach described as “his best day in a long time’’ on the football field.
Aguayo went 7-for-7 on field goal tries in team drills on Friday, including making a 54-yarder to cap off a 20-minute drill and a 52-yarder through the skinnier training posts to wrap up practice.
Aguayo’s perfect performance came while challenger Nick Folk missed on two of his four tries, but Koetter said it’s still too soon to say one or the other has an edge in the position battle.
That said, it’s not too soon to know that Aguayo has looked like a different kicker since camp began. He’s been far more consistent than he was last year and seems a lot more confident as well.
Aguayo says the difference is his approach. He said he came to the league a year ago and all but forgot that one of the keys to success is make sure you have fun and enjoy the ride.
“I was making it more than it is,’’ Aguayo said. “You come to the NFL and yeah, there’s things you have to do better, because it’s a job, but at the end of the day, you just have to keep doing what you were doing.
“You have to take it back to when you were young and all you did was go out there and have fun and just enjoy the ride. That’s one of the things coach Koetter says, just enjoy the ride. I’m trying to do more of that.’’
Aguayo certainly had a good ride on Friday. So did quarterback Jameis Winston. Like Aguayo, Koetter said Winston had his best day of camp as well, particularly in terms of throwing the deep ball.
Winston dropped a couple of long passes into the bucket, one to wide receiver Adam Humphries and another to DeSean Jackson. He was also sharp on the roll out.
“I don’t know if the defense was a little bit tired, but the offense came alive a little bit today, starting with the 2-minute period,’’ Koetter said. “We went right down the field and DeSean and Jameis really had it going today. This might have been Jameis best day of training camp.’’
It was a rough day for wideout Josh Huff. Huff made a good catch of a long ball as well but came down hard and needed to be attended to by the training staff.
Koetter said Huff appeared to get the wind knocked out of him but added that Huff will undergo X-rays to see if he may have done any damage to his ribs or maybe his elbow.
Koetter also noted that defensive linemen Robert Ayers and Chris Baker were given the day off. He said the Bucs will start rotating some of the older more established players out of workouts in an effort to preserve them for the regular season.
“We’re going to start rolling some guys out,’’ Koetter said. “Today was the third day of four straight days in pads and some of the guys that have played a while, we need to protect their bodies. We believe in getting to the first game as healthy as we can and (besides) we need to see some of these other guys.’