If the pressure of living up expectations is getting to Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo, he’s good at not letting it show.
The perpetually smiling Aguayo spoke with PewterReport.com after signing autographs Wednesday and said it feels good to finally get into a routine at camp.
“It’s exciting now that you’re kind of into the groove with the whole team,” the former Florida State Seminole said. “You’re finally on a schedule and a plan of how things are going to go and then next Thursday is our first game.”
After six days of training camp, Aguayo said he’s ready to show fans during game conditions why the Bucs traded back into the second round to select him with the 59th overall pick. “It’s going to get here before you know it. I feel good, I feel excited and I feel comfortable. That’s the main thing.”
Aguayo hasn’t been infallible with his attempts this summer and missed wide-left from 55 yards today, but he responded by drilling his next less than a minute later from 58. He finished 6 of 7 on the day, hitting from 33, 38, 43, 48, 58 and 35.
Just getting acclimated with how camp operates over the past week has Aguayo more comfortable and ready to get to work each day.
“When I first came in on OTAs it was like, ‘Okay, where’s everyone going?’ You’re not here so you don’t know the little details. Now that I got through spring and the beginning of camp now, you finally know where everything’s at, what happens when, when you have longer practices, when you have pads, all that stuff. So I think the more I’m in the more comfortable I am and that’s just better for me.”
With the preseason schedule about to get underway, Aguayo said he’s about focused on getting himself into game-prep mode.
“[My leg] feels great,” he said. “It’s just monitoring how many kicks you kick a day and tapering it down before the game. Today I only hit about 17 balls, so it’s more quality over quantity.”
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It’s a long season and he won’t be perfect, but I know he will be consistently at the top for kickers. Go Bucs!
I’m sure some will expect him to make every kick. Kid has a strong enough leg to at least have a chance at 3 points when we get to the opponent’s 40 yard line.
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