Roberto Aguayo, one of the best kickers in college football history, has struggled since Tampa Bay traded up to draft him. In preseason he was a mess, and it’s continued into the regular season, as he’d missed more field goals (2) than made (1) through the first four games.
And then he missed two kicks on Monday Night football, including one that would have put Tampa ahead with three minutes left. Jon Gruden, the MNF announcer, crushed Aguayo on air – rightfully so – and as Tampa drove back down the field for another kick, anticipation built for what was an atrocious game.
Gruden said that Aguayo was kicking “for his NFL career,” which may sound like an exaggeration, but the reality is, if Tampa had lost and Aguayo had missed two field goals in the final three minutes, he may have been released.
But … Redemption! Aguayo hit the game-winner from 38-yards and went from goat to hero.
Real talk: The Bucs did Aguayo no favors by trading up and taking him in the 2nd round. It was a bad move, put massive pressure on the kid, and he’s off to a horrible start. Perhaps this kick turns his career around?
Carolina fell to 1-4. Tampa’s 2-3.