The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released kicker Roberto Aguayo Saturday afternoon just one year after trading up to pick him in the second round of the 2016 National Football League draft - an unheard of risk to take on a kicker.
Aguayo, a former Groveland South Lake standout, missed an extra point and a 47-yard field goal during Friday's 23-12 Bucs loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
After quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick hit paydirt from six yards out to give Tampa its first touchdown, Aguayo lined up...and missed the extra point. The No. 59 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft hit 32 of his 34 extra point attempts a year ago, the worst percentage among kickers.
Aguayo endured a bumpy rookie season and didn't do enough early in training camp this season to keep his job. Last season, he went 4-10 on kicks between 40 and 49 yards and missed his only attempt from 50+.
"Honestly, the (extra point) felt good, " Aguayo said. "Got in field goal range and the chance to kick one, go for an onside kick and, just, you'd like to keep your chances alive as long as you can to be in the game and that just ended our chances". Not what I wanted.
"Like I remember I told him as a sophomore, remember I told you in the spring he wasn't kicking really good". It was starting down the line and it just kept fading. I want to change that.
"You've got to enjoy it, you've got to embrace it", Aguayo told reporters on August 4 when asked about the competition. I've done big things throughout my career and I know that I'm capable of doing that and capable of being here. But at the end of the day, I know what I'm capable of doing. "It's a new day".