After a rocky start to his NFL career, Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo seems to be settling in as the preseason comes to a close. The second-round draft pick was 3 of 3 on field-goal and extra-point tries against Washington on Wednesday, including a 50-yard attempt in the pouring rain.
Aguayo also made all six of his kicks in the Bucs’ win against the Browns last week, and has made 10 straight going back to Game 2.
That’s a long way from how Aguayo’s career started. The 22-year-old quickly became a story after missing an extra point in Tampa Bay’s opener against the Eagles, then followed with a shaky performance against the Jaguars in which he went 2 of 4 on field goals.
Aguayo finished the exhibition schedule 8 of 10 on field goals and 6 of 7 on extra points. The 50-yarder on Wednesday in particular was a big confidence boost, per Greg Auman for the Tampa Bay Times.
“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.”
After the Bucs traded up to select Aguayo in the second round, there was a great deal of concern about what the rookie’s mindset would be like heading into the regular season. They even had the him seeing a sports psychologist.
In hindsight, everybody might’ve been getting nervous for no reason. Aguayo appears to be fine and says he’s ready for the opener against the Falcons on Sept. 11.