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Aguayo's resurgence continues with 50-yard field goal

Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo (19) waves to fans after the loss to the Redskins.

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Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo (19) waves to fans after the loss to the Redskins.

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As much as everything seemed to be going wrong for Bucs rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo just two weeks ago, he has finished the season 9-for-9 on kicks, including a 50-yard field goal in the rain in Wednesday's preseason finale against the Redskins.

"I feel comfortable going now obviously with the weather -- obviously you have to adapt, you have to do what you've got to do," Aguayo said. "Coach (Jimbo) Fisher used to tell us 'Everything works to your advantage,' and that's the mindset you've got to have. I was glad I was able to hit it smooth, get it through and overall get confidence."

The Bucs struggled for most of the night, with no takeaways on defense and only 69 yards of offense after three quarters, but coach Dirk Koetter said Aguayo's long kick, under difficult conditions, was a highlight of the night, adding a 22-yard field goal and extra point in the fourth quarter.

"I think that probably the two brightest spots of the game (were) Roberto's 50-yarder and Bryan Anger had a really nice night punting the ball," he said. "Our coverage teams on kicks were good, but that's about the end of the highlights right there."

After missing an extra point in the preseason opener, then two field goals in the next game, Aguayo has gone 5-for-5 on field goals and 4-for-4 on extra points in the last two games, sending him into the regular season with momentum and confidence entering next week's opener at the Falcons.

"Getting on a good roll, it always feels good when everything works out," he said. "There are going to be ups and downs in sports, so you have to find a way to keep it going. If you miss one, put it out of the books, onto the next one. I'm glad I had these two games, and onto Atlanta now."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 1, 2016 11:48am]

    

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