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Bucs waive K Aguayo after preseason misses

13 August 2017

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher suggested a year ago changes to Aguayo's kicking routine may have contributed to his inconsistency.

The move to part ways with the 23-year-old comes less than 24 hours after a dismal performance in the Bucs' preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. That was the worst total among the 30 kickers to attempt at least 20 field goals in 2016, and the third-worst among any kicker since 2000.

The Buccaneers brought in former New York Jets kicker Nick Folk to compete with Aguayo for the starting job.

Aguyao said he just got unlucky on the missed extra point.

The 32-year-old Folk spent the last seven seasons with the New York Jets (2010-16), converted 27 of 31 field goals (87.1 percent) in 2016, tied for sixth-best in the National Football League, while making 24 of 26 extra-point attempts.

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Aguayo missed his first kick vs the Philadelphia Eagles during a preseason game past year, and he was boo'd off the field by Bucs fans after missing more kicks during practice. He made 88.5 percent of his field goal tries, going 69-of-78.

Asked if he thought he may have cost himself a job with Friday's performance, Aguayo said, "You wanted to come out and be flawless".

"You know, I keep saying it, I can't say it anymore", Koetter said. I had a field goal in there but at the end of the day, it wasn't what I wanted. Not what I wanted. I've just got to put it in the past.

"You've got to enjoy it, you've got to embrace it", Aguayo told reporters on August 4 when asked about the competition. Obviously, not up to the standards that I want.

Bucs waive K Aguayo after preseason misses