In a surprise out West, former Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo did not win the L.A. Chargers kicking job, and instead it’s a former Gator, Caleb Sturgis who beat him out.
We have written previously Aguayo appeared to be the favorite to take the job, especially with his leg strength and how consistent he had been in preseason and Chargers camp. Aguayo was perfect 9-9 on all kicks, including kicking the game-winning field goal in Thursday night’s preseason ending game with the 49ers.
Sturgis who’s previously kicked with the Dolphins and the Eagles, also kicked a field goal in the Thursday night game. And apparently Chargers coach Anthony Lynn and staff like his reliability better than Aguayo.
This has to be another crushing blow for the former All-American kicker from Florida State, who was drafted in the second round by the Bucs in 2016. However, Aguayo quickly unraveled missing extra points and field goals in pre-season and early on in the year.
Amazingly, Aguyao did not even make it to the second preseason game of 2017 ,when he missed yet another field goal against the Bengals in the opener. The Buccaneers and GM Jason Licht, who traded up into the second round to take the risky pick, cut him the next day.
Aguayo hooked on with Chicago later that week, but the Bears released him before the start of the 2017 season.
As for Sturgis, he’s made 81% of his field goals in his five previous seasons. This included making an impressive 35-41 field goals in 2016 with the Eagles. He initially kicked for the Dolphins in 2013-14.
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