With two misses, Aguayo's preseason struggles continue
Rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo's preseason struggles continued Saturday night, with two missed field goals in the Bucs' 27-21 win over the Jaguars. Aguayo missed a 32-yard field goal on the Bucs' opening drive and later a 49-yard kick, though he went 3-for-3 on extra points and connected on two other field goals.
"It shouldn't happen with me. You just have to fix it and keep moving on," said Aguayo, a second-round pick from Florida State. "I feel like that's what preseason games were made for, to get the young guys rolling in, to keep working, keep getting better."
Aguayo missed an extra point in last week's preseason opener against the Eagles, and after going his entire career at FSU without missing a kick from 40 yards or less, he's done that twice in two games. The Bucs already faced scrutiny for giving up a fourth-round pick to move up 15 spots into the second round, making Aguayo the NFL's highest-drafted kicker since 2005.
"Sometimes they don't got through," Aguayo said. "You've got to work at it and keep getting better."
Aguayo said he's appreciative of the support he's gotten from teammates, greeting him on the sidelines and reminding him of the consistent kicker he's been in the past.
"Knowing that they've got my back and we're here as a unit, when other players do bad, you have to go up and encourage them to do better," Aguayo said. "Everybody makes mistakes. You have to keep improving to lessen them."
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, who played with Aguayo at FSU, said he made his share of mistakes Saturday in missing his first six passes and throwing an interception that led to the Jaguars' first touchdown.
"I had more misses tonight than him," Winston said. "That's a way to boost his spirits up. One thing about Roberto is the snap-and-clear mentality. I think he's really talented. He's just teasing people right now. I know he's going to produce during the season."