Roberto Aguayo, a Second-Round Kicker Who Couldn’t Cut It

CINCINNATI — On Roberto Aguayo’s last night as a member of the team that drafted him in the second round in 2016, he slowly and quietly moved through his postgame routine: shower, change, pack up for the plane ride back to Tampa. From two lockers over, Nick Folk, the veteran brought in to compete with Aguayo for the Bucs’ placekicker job, looked over as if he was about to offer a few words of encouragement. But there wasn’t a lot to say.

Aguayo had just had another one of those nights that had to this point defined his young NFL career. An extra point went clanging off the right upright. Then, in the final minutes of the first preseason game, against the Bengals on Friday, another miss, this one a 47-yard field goal that was set up on the left hash mark and sailed wide right.

About 12 hours later the Bucs released the player on whom just 15 months ago they used the No. 59 pick in the draft. General manager Jason Licht will no doubt endure ridicule for the squandered draft choice, but he’s considered to be on overall solid footing with ownership for building a roster expected to contend for the NFC South. 

Aguayo’s struggles in the NFL have been a source of great curiosity over the last year, particularly

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