TAMPA – The problems that plagued Buccaneers rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo during the preseason have carried over into the regular season.
Through three games Aguayo has made good on just one of the three field goals he’s attempted while also missing on one of the eight extra points he’s tried.
Two of those misses, including the failed extra point, came during the Bucs 37-32 loss to the Rams last week, but Aguayo seems to be bouncing back well from that horrific afternoon.
In practice on Thursday at One Buc Place, the kicker the Bucs traded back into the second round of the 2016 Draft to obtain hit on all six of the field goals he tried before the Bucs wrapped up their workout.
“It was probably the best he’s hit the ball in two weeks,’’ Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said. “It’s ongoing, but we still have faith in him and he did very well today.’’
Koetter was quick to point out that the kicking game is not the only place where the Bucs are lacking consistency. It is, however, the most glaring, in part because Aguayo’s struggles remain fresh in fan’s minds.
Aguayo missed three kicks during the preseason and infamously missed three more in one joint practice against the Browns. That prompted a kicking session at Raymond James Stadium that seemed to cure Agauyo of his ills, though only temporarily.
Interestingly, it appears another kicking session at RJS is in the works for Aguyao. Koetter said he believes Aguayo will spend part of Friday trying to work the kinks out of his game on the Bucs home turf. The Bucs can only hope Aguayo has a similar degree of success.