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Did Robert Aguayo just kick his way out of a job?

11

August

Roberto Aguayo's misses on Friday night against the Bengals means he could have one wayward foot out of the Bucs door.

Aguayo connected on a 20-yard field goal attempt in Friday’s 23-12 loss to the Bengals. Then he clanged an extra point off the right upright and missed a 47-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter wide right.

Meanwhile, Jets veteran free agent Nick Folk made a 45-yard field goal in the third quarter, which is two yards longer than the longest FG by Aguayo as a rookie.

Linebacker Kwon Alexander offerd some words of encouragement after Aguayo's second miss Friday. But after the game, he sat silently dressing at his locker and at one point bowed his head as if in prayer.

“Honestly, the (extra point) felt good,’’ Aguayo said. “When I caught it, I knew I pushed it a little bit and I was like, ‘hopefully it will stay in,’ but it hit the upright. Unlucky. And the last one, I was trying to get a good hit on it. I hit it good and it just started to fade. Not what you want. Not what I wanted. Obviously, not up to the standards that I want. You just have to keep your head up and move onto the next day.

“You wanted to come out and be perfect. I did some good things. I hit some good kickoffs. I had a field goal in there but at the end of the day, it wasn’t what I wanted. I’ve just got to put it in the past. It’s a new day.’’

How many days Aguayo has left is unknown. Did he kick himself out of a job Friday? “Well, that’s something that will definitely be talked about,’’ coach Dirk Koetter said. “You know, I keep saying it, I can’t say it anymore. If you’re a kicker, you’ve got to make your kicks.’’

[Last modified: Friday, August 11, 2017 11:57pm]

    

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