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Bucs QB Jameis Winston on critics of PK Roberto Aguayo: 'He's going to shut them up.'

There's been a lot of criticism of the Bucs' decision to use a second-round draft pick on kicker Roberto Aguayo. But quarterback Jameis Winston says his former Florida State teammate will 'shut them up.'

“Opinions are always going to be out there. I’m just happy to have Roberto on this team,'' Winston said Tuesday. "Just like a lot of people had opinions about me when I first came out and first started the season. Like Roberto is going to do, he’s going to shut them up.''

Aquayo is the most accurate place-kicker in NCAA history and Winston knows first hand the value he will bring to the team as a rookie. What is Aguayo's best attribute?

“Other than he’s automatic, he’s competitive as well,'' Winston said. "He’s always having fun out there. He has a different swagger for a kicker. He’s always focused but he likes to have fun doing it.

“We came in together at Florida State so we always were close and I always knew he was good because we always said at Florida State the 2012 class was the best to ever come through Florida State. We’ve always stood by that and were always good buddies.''

Winston, the No. 1 overall pick in 2015, was one of the most polarizing choices in draft history. It didn't help his cause when he through four interceptions in the regular season opening loss to the Marcus Mariota-led Titans.

But Winston rebounded to pass for more than 4,000 yards with 22 touchdown passes and four rushing scores. Aguayo would do well to copy that success as a rookie.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 2:53pm]


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