Aguayo Describes January Mentality Shift

May 13th, 2016
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New training approach

Joe’s never written so much about a kicker since Kyle Brindza turned into Nuke Laloosh.

A kicker is, well, a kicker. But it’s different when you spend the No. 59 overall pick on one.

Roberto Aguayo is the Bucs’ new rookie golden boot — hopefully.

Aguayo talked to Mike Florio of PFT Live this week on NBC Sports Radio and explained how he began approaching the NFL’s 33-yard extra point as soon as his college career ended.

“The biggest adjustment is just visualizing it and just seeing it. So when I started training in January, every time I would warm up, I would warm up it was from 33 yards, just to get the visual, that distance, so it can just be ingrained him my head like a [traditional] extra point,” Aguayo said.

“Just warming up from 33 yards gets that visual, that distance, you know, [learning] if you miss hit it a little bit, how off track is it going to go.”

Aguayo went on to say a “miss-hit” of a traditional extra point still goes through the uprights 99 percent of the time. But he’s learning now what kind of wiggle room exists on an off-target strike from 33.

Yes, Aguayo takes his craft seriously, just like Bucs fans will take every kick he attempts.

17 Responses to “Aguayo Describes January Mentality Shift”

  1. Buc1987 Says:

    Just wear those golden cleats he used to put on at FSU and we’ll have no problems.

  2. Bigbucben Says:

    He’ll be fine, people need to give him a break. It seems that Licht is assembling young players who have an extra chip on their shoulders. His master plan will see fruition this coming season. This is a statement year, and by the end of it, fans and commentators alike, will no longer be able to write the bucs off as a joke. The bucs will either finish 1st or 2nd in in the division. I’m not sold on the Panthers doing a 3peat for the division crown. Josh Norman was a huge part of that defense, Mike Evans, Jackson and asj should be able to terrorize the back end.
    The Saints defense will again be a liability and the Falcons have the incompetent Kyle shanahan.

  3. Bucsfanman Says:

    Don’t stop working Aguayo! The pitchforks will be ready the first time you miss a kick!

  4. Eric Says:

    I might be off here, but everybody acts like XPs and FGs are the only way this kid affects games. Having a kicker like Aguayo can have a huge affect on the offensive play calling by the OC when deciding to go for 3 or take a bigger chance to get 7 one more time before kicking for 3.

    Let me explain. Your offensive play calling can change dramatically when you have a kicker that is automatic from the 30 yard line and in or hits 88.5% of time from beyond the 30 yard line. It allows the OC to take more chances/be more aggressive towards getting 7 points knowing you have 3 points from 30 yards and in or 88.5% of time from farther out.

    I know if I was the OC, it would make me breathe easier and allow me take some more chances at 7 knowing I got 3 locked up when you need points in a game and Aguayo is my kicker.

    Having said all that, he still needs to adjust to the narrower goal posts and perform at the same level or bette that he did in college. Just not sure why people don’t see his overall value versus just focusing in 1 or 3 point kicks.

  5. Eric Says:


    Don’t remember Aguayo wearing golden cleats. I know Hopkins wore them.

  6. OAR Says:

    The Bucs run here, The Bucs run there, They kick the ball around. The Bucs run here, The Bucs run there, Then they fall on the ground! Oh, The Bucaneers, The Bucaneers, The Bacaneers aaa-are… A kick in the grass! When the Bucs play ball, ’tis a sight to behold. You’ll swear they be devils with mag-i-cal toes! You’ll laugh! You’ll cheer! You’ll leap from your seat, When they kick with their heads instead of their feet!

  7. Buc1987 Says:

    Eric…he alternated them between black and gold.

  8. Buc1987 Says:

    Ya know what? I think it was Hopkins. I’m usually not able to remember that far back about something like cleats, but I think you’re right. It was Hopkins.


    Slaps self.

  9. Buc1987 Says:

    Oar…Shakespeare has nothing on you.

  10. OAR Says:

    It was that Dorothy that had them….oh yea those were ruby. Never mind.


    How exactly does one kick with their head and not their feet? But I digress….. Go bucs lol

  12. Rod Munch Says:

    I was a bit concerned to hear he’s never kicked in weather below 50 degrees. Don’t get me wrong I do like the pick, but that is concerning.

  13. OAR Says:

    For those that are old enough to have gone to the Tampa Bay Rowdies games in 1975 will know what my first post is spoofing.

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    The goal posts are the same in the NCAA & NFL…..18’6″ wide…….they are wider in High School.

  15. Poor Glennon Says:

    Eric Eric Eric. Having to get to the 25. To have an automatic FG. Is not all that appealing. Beyond 50 i have my doubts. A 2nd round kicker needs to have a strong leg. Like Seabass……just get it to the 45. Of course with seabass you also have to worry about. His Sunday hangovers. Seabass partys like a rock star.

  16. godzilla13 Says:

    Extra Point attempts are from 33 yards out. NFL kickers are supposed to be able to connect 97% of the time. NFL kickers missed 59 extra point attempts last year. Tampa Bay missed a total of 3. Hash marks in the NFL are lined up with the goal posts. They are 18 feet 6 inches apart and are located 23 7/12 yards from each sideline. Hash marks in college are 40 feet apart and located 20 yards from each sideline. So when Robert Aguayo lined up from the hash mark in college it was almost 4 feet wider than it will be in the NFL. Almost every one of his misses were from one of the hash marks. He is extremely accurate when kicking from the middle of the field. I bet Koetter will count on Aguayo from the 40 yard line in, which would be a 57 yard and in FG attempts. That gives the offense an huge advantage if your kicker can hit from that distance. Jimbo Fisher Aguayo’s coach at FSU said “He cab hit 56, 57 or 60 yarders like they are PAT’s.”

  17. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    Ppl will realize during g the regular season why Licht traded to get a weapon like RA19. If your gonna spend a high draft pick on a kicker he better be the most accurate kicker in history that he was. Using a low 2nd rndr on a player that will be your leading scorer is not a bad idea at all if you think about it. And with NFL games coming down to a few plays or so and being decided by 7 points or less it’s very I portal that you have a reliable kicker that you an count on. After he goes out and kicks a couple game winners for us all the haterz will be singing his praises. Watch.