Roberto Aguayo missed two field goal attempts on Saturday night – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Some of the natives are becoming restless after two preseason games.
With three misses (two FG attempts and an extra point) in his first two preseason games, the kicker most Bucs fans assumed would be pretty much automatic has shown he’s actually human.
Roberto Aguayo admitted that the past two weeks have affected his confidence “a little bit,” but noted that the tough times can serve as a learning experience in the long run. Not only does it provide an opportunity to bounce back, he explained, but also a point of reference in case a time arises again where he needs to recover from a stretch of missed kicks.
“This builds you up so down the road, in the future, you’re a lot stronger,” Aguayo said during open locker Monday. “You have to have times like this when you struggle a little bit. (That way), when everything is all good, you can fall back to those times and think, ‘Ok, what did I do here to bounce back?’
Bucs K Roberto Aguayo – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
“It’s a tough situation to go through, but once you realize what you have to do to bounce back, you now have that in the back of your head for future times when the situation arises.”
Aguayo, who missed wide right from 32 and 49 yards out Saturday in Jacksonville, accepted all responsibility for the sailed attempts, blaming them on following through with an open foot. He credited Jacob Schum and Bryan Anger for good holds, adding, “as long as (they) get the ball down, I have to find a way to get it in.”
The rookie kicker, drafted No. 55 overall after a trade back into the second round, also understands the media scrutiny that comes with the job.
“There are high expectations for me, so I get it,” Aguayo said. “When you guys come to me after a miss it’s news, I guess, so it’s all good. At the end of the day, with my whole career and what I’ve done, misses are rare for me.”
To keep it that way, Aguayo will adjust his mindset before heading into a game and try not to think about the kick too much. The focus now, he said, is to focus less.
“When you’re overthinking like, ‘Okay, I have to do this and this and this,’ you get too many thoughts in your head,” Aguayo said. “Sometimes you have to sit back and relax and just kick it.
“At the end of the day, you have to embrace (the struggle). It’s sports. It’s just like life. Sometimes stuff isn’t going to go your way and you can’t just get down. You can’t lose that confidence. I’m confident in myself to just move on and get better. That’s what practice is for. You have to find a way – and I’ve been able to do that plenty of times since I’ve been kicking.”
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I am not worried about Aguayo. Way too early for that. Go Bucs!
Better that it is happening now. Maybe he should call his new friend Automatica.
This poor kid seems to be going in the wrong direction. Hopefully he can turn it around. The problem with trading up to the 2nd round for a kicker is that he must kick 90% or he will be labeled a bust. I will be the first to say I was against using the pick on a kicker when so many other better players were available but I was also for Mariota over Winston and we all are seeing how that is turning out. Think about how bad it would be if Barth out kicks him this year.
Yes I’d rather he do this in pre season, but Having issues and choking in meaningless pre season games is not good sign at all. What happens in a real game when it’s on the line. This was a big gamble and a dumb waste of a draft pick.
He’s a mature young man and is handling his adversity well thus far. But missing easy FG’s and extra points cannot be tolerated in the regular season, especially with all the close games in the NFL. IMO he needs to get over whatever it is that is affecting him and find some success on Friday. Because by the time the Buccaneers go to Atlanta for opening day, this needs to be over.
Not a good sign, missing a couple of chip shots in the relatively pressure free environment of pre-season games. Now the pressure is really on the kid and given the high level draft pick used to acquire him, the media scrutiny is going to be so much the greater. I really hope he can handle it, because kicker is the one position where ‘growing pains’ will not be tolerated. There is no transition adjustment from college to the pros, like there is for a positional pick, the only adjustment is mental. Can you perform when your livelihood is on the line? Fingers crossed on Aguayo, because we are about to find out.
This has me slightly concerned as we all know kickers are the ones that struggle the most when they are affected mentally. I think it’s the pressure but at the same time, he kicked in a ton of big games at FSU. Whatever it is, he needs to figure it out quick and I agree , this can’t be tolerated in the regular season no matter what you gave up to get him.
Can’t believe this is even the same guy from FSU.
He’ll wake up and realize he has to prove it in the NFL. Stop talking to the Press including the International Press and start doing your homework. Go Bucs!
Why does it bother you so much when a player responds to a question, talks or heaven forbid, smiles?
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Good luck, my friend!
Hey, Mac- welcome back.
Scubog; you do know the international press is spending their time and focus on Aguayo when it comes to the NFL? He has spent way too much time in interviews and not enough homework. Yes Kickers have to do film work too. As a Kicker you have to aggressively ask for help because most of the Staff just leaves a Kicker alone to do their thing. I don’t believe the Staff has provided him enough tools to help him transition to the NFL. Other 2nd round picks have more assistance in helping them learn and grow.
Scubog; I forgot to remind that I am a huge FSU fan and I was very happy we selected him early with our 3rd & 4th round picks. I love his smile; I wish more players would smile. I believe he will be our best Kicker ever.
Me too my friend.
Kicking is a disaster again in 2016? Doh! So many other choices in the second round. The second round!!!!
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