The Bucs' investment in Aguayo, who had left Florida State as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, is what hurts the most.
Aguayo made a 20-yard field goal on the Bucs' opening possession in Friday night's 23-12 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the preseason opener, but he missed an extra point in the second quarter and then in the fourth quarter his 47-yard attempt sailed wide right. His 71% accuracy on field goals was the lowest in the NFL.
Aguayo also stunk it up in the early going past year, missing an extra point in the Bucs' first preseason game and two field goals in their second.
The Bucs have released embattled kicker Roberto Aguayo, bringing an end to a stint that began with a rookie season that saw the second-round pick serve largely as either a punchline or a punching bag. Aguayo's longest made field goal past year was just 43 yards.
Aguayo tried to stay upbeat about what happened, but the performance provoked a familiar response from coach Dirk Koetter after the game.
"Honestly, the (extra point) felt good, " Aguayo said. But Aguayo's now facing an uphill battle to make the roster-the Bucs' other kicker, Nick Folk, knocked in his only kick of the night, a 45-yarder. Not what you want. Obviously, not up to the standards that I want. "You just have to keep your head up move on to the next day".
Asked if he thought he may have cost himself a job with Friday's performance, Aguayo said, "You wanted to come out and be flawless". He connected on 23 of 24 field goals during the Seminoles' national title run in 2013 and was a Groza award finalist in 2014 after converting 27 of 30 field goals. I've just got to put it in the past.
"You know, I keep saying it, I can't say it anymore", Koetter said. "It's a new day".