Other than the fact he just wasn’t very good, one of the more amazing aspects of the Roberto Aguayo rookie year saga was that he was allowed to run unopposed in his bid for the Buccaneers starting kicker’s job.
That won’t be the case this year. The Bucs wisely signed veteran kicker Nick Folk to either push Aguayo to be better or push him off the roster altogether, which really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
A basic tenet of the Bucs philosophy is that completion breeds success, and coach Dirk Koetter reaffirmed that point when he was asked about the decision to bring in Folk during last week at the NFL Owner’s Meetings.
“We had the exact same thing at punter last year,’’ Koetter said, referring to the signing of Bryan Anger as competition for incumbent Jake Schum. “This year’s we’re doing it at kicker.’’
The comparison Koetter makes is an interesting one, but not just because Koetter is comparing the ensuing battle between Aguayo and Folk to another battle that was waged between specialists.
It’s interesting because the veteran Anger wound up beating out Schum and the very same thing could happen this year, though no one will be yawning if the veteran winds up winning this battle.
A win by Folk would automatically brand the decision to draft Aguayo in the second of the 2016 Draft as one of the worst draft-day decision ever made, which is why this will be no ordinary competition.
It’s not often that a camp battle for the kicker’s job draws much attention, but this one is shaping up to be one of the most watch camp battles in all the NFL.
By the way, this battle is just one more reason why the Bucs are fast becoming one of the more attractive candidates, if not the favorite, as the subject of this year’s season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”