NFL News : Breaking: Former second-round pick abruptly released

Breaking: Former second-round pick abruptly released

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have given the boot to struggling second-year kicker Roberto Aguayo.

Per NFL.com, Tampa cut bait on the former second-round pick after he missed an extra point and a 47-yard field goal in Friday's 23-12 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the preseason opener.

The Bucs will move forward with veteran Nick Folk.

Aguayo's 71 percent field goal percentage was the worst in the NFL last season.

Aguayo's NFL story couldn't have started better. The most accurate kicker in the history of the ACC (and third most accurate in NCAA history), the Florida State product was drafted by the Bucs with the 59th pick in 2016. 

Per the Tampa Bay Times, Aguayo sat alone for a few minutes after dressing at his locker following Friday's game. He took a deep breath and appeared to be saying a prayer before turning to face reporters.

“Honestly, the (extra point) felt good,’’ Aguayo said. “When I caught it, I knew I pushed it a little bit and I was like, ‘hopefully it will stay in,’ but it hit the upright. Unlucky. And the last one, I was trying to get a good hit on it. I hit it good and it just started to fade. Not what you want. Not what I wanted. Obviously, not up to the standards that I want. You just have to keep your head up and move onto the next day.''

Bucs Dirk Koetter appeared to have lost all faith in Aguayo after Friday's game.

“You know, I keep saying it, I can’t say it anymore,'' Koetter said. "If you’re a kicker, you’ve got to make your kicks.’’

One thing is for certain: HBO's Hard Knocks will be must-watch TV this week.

Source: NFL.com · Photo Credit: Keystone Press Agency