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.’
Bucs coach Arians again non-committal Tuesday on QB Winston
It’s become increasingly apparent, that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ready to move on from potential free agent quarterback Jameis Winston. And Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, coach Bruce Arians gave the latest example that he and the Buccaneers front office will look at the other options available first.
Arians spoke at a podium on numerous subjects, but the most prominent is what Tampa Bay will do in the coming days with Winston?
— Charlie Clifford (@cliffWISH8) February 25, 2020
Arians was asked directly about potential for a franchise tag for his starter a year ago and what the Bucs might proceed to do? But, he refused to endorse that option on the former number one overall pick Winston. And, the Bucs coach maintained that the team will possibly us the franchise tag for defensive end Shaq Barrett.
Further, Arians gave a pointed specific answer on Winston’s poor play last December as the team finished 7-9 and that has the team looking at other options,
Arians on Winston and why it’s still uncertain: “December wasn’t what I wanted to see.”
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) February 25, 2020
Arians has consistently refused back Winston since the off-season began. This included at an NFL coaching seminar earlier this month in Tampa. He said to the media at that time:
“Really nothing has changed,” Arians said. “What’s Door No. 2? You know? Can we make the one we have better? All those things you go through right now.”
“You’re just sitting there waiting to see is there someone available? … Is he a better option?
The Buccaneers faltered in the middle of the season to drop to 3-7 and then, Winston and Co. blew its final two games to finish 7 – 9 with Winston throwing a career-high 30 interceptions.
After their final loss at home to Atlanta in overtime, where Winston threw the game losing “pick six,” Arians was candid after the final game by saying about Winston’s play that it would have to be evaluated pass by pass and game by game in the off-season. Further, he told the media then, that there “was some great and some terrible…. and you have to decide, if the great outweighs the terrible.”
While Winston did throw for a career-high 5000 + yards in 2019, his interceptions and total turnovers continued to be his downfall throughout the season. The Buccaneers finished 1 – 6 in games against teams with winning records and Winston had 17 total turnovers in those seven games. He finished with the 30 picks that included 10 of them in the Bucs final four games.
Tampa Bay obviously will have the opportunity to go after a free agent quarterback or two, as there is much speculation about the likes of Tom Brady with the Patriots. Plus, Philip Rivers will not be re-signed by the Chargers and is available come March. And, now that Drew Brees has announced he wants to play at least one more year for the Saints, their backup Teddy Bridgewater will be in demand on the market.
The Bucs are also continuing the evaluating the QB class for the Draft the next few days in Indy, which could have some interesting names still available in the second and third rounds and beyond.
Bucs confirmed Monday they will have new uniforms in 2020
On Monday, the Bucs confirmed what they have been hinting at, they will have new uniforms in 2020. But the real question is: what does “new” mean in this instance?
We heard you!
New uniforms coming April 2020. pic.twitter.com/e7qNUsNWZb
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) February 24, 2020
The Bucs also released a statement through their website confirming that April will be the unveiling of the new uniforms, as well as, potential new color scheme, logo, etc. and had these comments from co – owner, Ed Glazer:
“We have heard the feedback from our fans loud and clear and have been working with the NFL and our league partners at Nike to usher in a new look as we enter this next decade of Buccaneers football. We look forward to revealing more details in the near future about our official unveiling event which will take place later this spring.”
As we wrote earlier this month, the Buccaneers have been hinting at trying to enhance their uniforms and there is some belief there will be more orange, the original color of the franchise. There is also educated speculation that the team may go back to a white helmet, which will enable them to have “throwback uniform games” that they’ve not been able to have for the last seven seasons.
This is because under league concussion protocol, players must have the same helmet all season and the Bucs primary one has been pewter in color since their chance in colors and logo in 1997,
The Bucs last altered their uniforms in 2014 by brightening the color red and slightly changing the logo and making it bigger on their pewter helmet. Teammates Ryan Jensen and Mike Evans are shown in the current color scheme, etc. above.
NFL teams have to submit changes in their colors and logos a year in advance. So obviously, this has been in the works for the Glazer family that owns the team for some time.
It should be noted that the Buccaneers NFC South Rivals, the Atlanta Falcons, have already made mention that they are changing their uniforms and color scheme. And, it’s believed that they will go back in 2020 to their original base color of red including possibly red helmets and potentially, primarily gray pants that they wore for over twenty years.
The Falcons have had black helmets for the better part of 30 years going back to Jerry Glanville changing the color scheme to primarily black jerseys in his days at the Falcons coach in the early 1990s.
Back to the Bucs. There is no other team in the NFL that has orange as their primary jersey color. The Bengals Broncos and Browns have occasionally worn orange “alternate jerseys” but not full time.
So, if the Glazers are again embracing a change to mostly orange jerseys, it will be unique. The video Monday showed a red jersey on a sewing machine, which could be a clue or could be misdirection of what the team actually intends to unveil in April.