Bucs K Roberto Aguayo - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs fans and SR’s Fab 5 readers shared their concern about Roberto Aguayo and Noah Spence prior to Friday night’s big 30-13 win over the Cleveland Browns.
Welcome to another installment of SR’s Fab 5 Reaction where every Tuesday I take the time to answer your questions and respond to your comments from the previous week’s SR’s Fab 5 column. Due to time constraints from my responsibilities as publisher, I am unable to respond to every reader comment each week, but I do read every one of them.
Comments have only been edited for clarity and grammar. Now on to your comments.
The topics in this week’s SR’s Fab 5 column include: Dye Emerging From Bucs’ Shaky WR Depth; Bucs Will Address WR Position In 2017 Draft; Smith Is Bucs’ Other Rookie DB Making Strides; Bucs Need Aguayo To Kick His Way Out Of Slump
Good job on this week’s SR’s Fab 5! One thing I would like to point out though is that Ryan Smith seems to me like the perfect body type and player for free safety, which is where Chris Conte plays. I know people love to knock Bradley McDougald, but I have noticed that he is a sure tackler in the open field he takes really good angles in pursuit and almost always brings down the ball carrier right away. He fits the mold of what a strong safety typically is.
I doubt Ryan Smith will make ball carriers fear him for his tackling ability, but I haven’t seen enough of him in preseason against good players to know if he is a sure tackler or not. I have always been a fan of McDougald and think he could perform very well this year. Also am I mistaken, or did Bradley also used to play corner at Kansas then switched to safety in the NFL? Maybe Smith should be talking to him more about that. – athans5
Thank you, athans5. Just so you know, the safety positions are interchangeable in Mike Smith’s defense. Chris Conte can be the strong safety in the box on one play with Bradley McDougald as the single high free safety in Cover 1 or Cover 3, and the next play it could be Conte playing centerfield with McDougald in the box. I think right now, Ryan Smith feels more comfortable as a free safety or in man coverage closer to the line of scrimmage. It’s not that he’s a bad tackler. He feels he’s just better in coverage at this stage of the game. McDougald is a good tackler, but the Bucs want to see him create more takeaways, which has been his biggest issue. McDougald and Conte are both in contract years, and that’s worth noting, too. – SR
Bucs DE Noah Spence – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
I am bummed about Kenny Bell. This guy has so many talents and has one bad outing and he looks like he is about 24 hours from being a security guard somewhere.
Meanwhile we have a second-round kicker in Roberto Aguayo, who we gave up a third-rounder to move up to get, cannot kick even extra points with consistency. This draft class really took a nosedive. Vernon Hargreaves III is thankfully looking very good. It seems like Noah Spence is invisible. I wonder if he ends up on IR. – seat26
Kenny Bell will have one last chance to make a favorable impression in the fourth preseason game in order to make the 53-man roster. I just don’t think he’s done enough consistently in practice to earn a spot, and with just one catch for nine yards in five preseason games dating back to last year, he’s fighting an uphill battle. As for Roberto Aguayo, Noah Spence and Vernon Hargreaves, I’ll note that your comment was left prior to Friday night’s 30-13 Buccaneers victory over the Browns. Yes, Hargreaves has looked great, but Aguayo stepped up and was a perfect 6-of-6 (3-of-3 on both field goals and extra points), while Spence got his first sack of the preseason. I’d say so far, so good for the 2016 draft class – understanding that these new Buccaneers are still rookies and susceptible to some growing pains. – SR
Don’t worry, someone else will pick up Kenny Bell. Roberto Aguayo will have to show some mental toughness. It’s possible – perhaps not likely – this will make him a better kicker ion the long run. Some meditation might help to relax him. Visualize, man. He has to believe he’s going to make every kick.
Actually, I feel for him, but this is the NFL. He has to produce. It’s absurd to think that Jason Licht didn’t go over every kick he ever tried in college. Sad to say, draft selection is not a science.
Finally, too many people put to much emphasis on preseason. The first goal is to get to Game 1 with few or no injuries. Other than that, we’re not showing anything and neither are the other teams. We destroyed Cincinnati last season, ran up and down the field and what did it mean: nothing. Let’s just get to Game 1 and then start judging what we have or don’t have. – buddah
We’ll have to see if Roberto Aguayo turned a corner against the Browns or if he slides back into the realm of inconsistency against Washington in the preseason finale Wednesday night. The Bucs did accomplish their mission of staying healthy during the preseason with wide receiver Donteea Dye being the most serious. Dye, who was probably in line to make the 53-man roster as Tampa Bay’s kick returner and fifth receiver, suffered a hamstring tear against Cleveland and was waived injured on Tuesday. – SR
Bucs K Roberto Aguayo – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
I just got around to reading this week’s SR’s Fab 5. It’s funny how all of the folks who bemoaned the selection of Roberto Aguayo are already in “I told you so” mode before our young draftee has even lined up in a regular season game. He looked okay to me in the Browns game.
My goodness, some are even ready to write off Noah Spence as “invisible” when he’s done anything other than disappear like the Johnsons who preceded him. I guess it’s no different than the chastising of Gerald McCoy, who, in spite of being one of our best players, still has critics unwilling to adjust their original conclusion.
I know this much; if there was an Olympic event where contenders jumped to conclusions, impatient football fans would win the gold medal. Perhaps there could also be a “leap of faith” event for those of us who are willing to give the rookies a little time to develop. – scubog
I’ll note that your comment came after the Bucs vs. Browns game, scubog, but you make some great points. Jameis Winston didn’t have a great preseason last year, but wound up throwing for five touchdowns against the Eagles en route to 4,000 yards and his first Pro Bowl berth by the time the regular season was over. I think Bucs fans have a history of jumping to conclusions pretty quickly as you point out. Based on what I saw Friday night, Roberto Aguayo showed he could be perfect on any given game day, and Noah Spence could get to the quarterback. How consistent each will be this season has yet to be determined, though. – SR
I wasn’t happy with the Roberto Aguayo pick, either. But it doesn’t matter now either way. He’s our kicker and he’s struggling. Bitching about the pick and looking at his stats from college won’t help. Those who were booing him at a practice didn’t help things either.
Yes, he’s a professional, but he’s also a 22-year-old kid who has kicked, albeit poorly, in two preseason games. Supporting him instead of booing him would help Aguayo get over his “yips” or “shanks” (as in “Tin Cup”) will most likely make more of a positive impact. The man is our kicker for the foreseeable future. I think we need to deal with it and move on. It’s not his fault the Bucs traded up for him in the second round. Let’s give the kid a break and have a bit more faith. – 4girls
Good point, 4girls. Roberto Aguayo will be Tampa Bay’s kicker this year no matter what. Hopefully, Friday night was a confidence booster that carries over into the preseason finale and the regular season opener on September 11 at Atlanta. – SR
Bucs S Ryan Smith – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Once again thanks for the original information that I can’t find anywhere else. I appreciate the head’s up on some college receivers, as I’m not a big college fan. This helps me to get acquainted with some receivers to follow and watch for during the college season – whether we draft one or not. I also loved how you got some of the Bucs players to give their opinions on players they played with or against in college, great insight!
Lastly, I appreciate the Fab. 3 section on Ryan Smith. I have been looking to read or hear something on him all camp and sure enough you came through with a great read on him.
Thanks again for all you do to make sure your readers know what’s really going on in Bucs camp. I’m ready for the regular season! Go Bucs! – Tassonedna
Thank you for the kind words, Tassonedna. At PewterReport.com we do pride ourselves in being ahead of the news, and that means stories on which future draft prospect wide receivers to watch during college football season, and a promising young safety in Ryan Smith. I think Smith has the ability to contend for a starting role in 2017 after spending this year getting used to the jump in competition from a small school like North Carolina Central to the NFL. – SR
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
I’m confident Spence is for real. As for the others I’m not over confident or excited. Aguayo didn’t exactly drill Thise kicks down middle against Washington either. The 48 yard FG floated and almost hit upright on left. Not sure what the guy saw in that article here when he said ball had great sound coming off his foot. Didn’t appear that way to me. Far from sold. Hope he is ok today. Don’t need him goof into reg. Season with more misses and bad confidence.
Don’t know enough about Smith to have and opinion this far.
I think you meant the 48 yard FG against the Browns not “Washington”. Since I was there, I can assure you it had plenty of distance. But let me get this straight though because I want to understand your comment. The FG was between the uprights and over the crossbar, the referee signaled it was good, 3 points were added on the scoreboard, yet it wasn’t pinpoint enough for Fredster’s liking?
I don’t see how this game is played tonight or Thursday. We might be cutting to 53 without the look several players were counting on. Go Bucs!
I’ll put my best Herb Tarlick on (I know he wasn’t the weatherman)…looking at the doplar right now it appears that you guys are in for pretty steady rain up to about game-time, then maybe some light stuff for awhile…and if you’re really lucky the super heavy downpour will hold off until the final whistle….somehow the “window” could be just right to allow a 3 hour football game…that is if my doplar skills are in-tune 🙂
Shocked they’re going to play the game, but I’m happy to being able to watch the game. Go Bucs!
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