“I’m Willing To Adapt”

November 17th, 2016


Rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo has explored a lot of new territory since arriving in the NFL.

Failure tops the list, followed by fan backlash.

Arguably the greatest kicker in NCAA history endured both early in his Bucs career. He was struggling in August and it didn’t end quickly or quietly.

Aguayo has settled down lately, but he still has big hurdles to climb, like getting his conversion rate over 50 percent  in field goal attempts of 40 to 49 yards. Also, Aguayo has to knock off his first 50-yarder in the NFL.

And on Sunday in Kansas City, Aguayo will take on a cold weather game.

Consider what he told Mike Florio of PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio in the spring.

“The coldest I’ve ever kicked in I want to say is probably about 50 degrees,” Aguayo said. “I mean to tell you the truth I haven’t really kicked in cold weather games . . . . I think I’m up for the task. All the teams asked me that question, and I told them you know the coldest is probably 50 degrees and I’m willing to adapt. That’s all it takes is just adapting to the cold and just going out there and getting it done. You know, with all the conditions that I’ve been in and all the adversities that have come to me on the field in my life I think I’ve adapted well. You either adapt or you don’t so I think it’ll be a good, fun challenge and I’m ready for those stadiums and that weather.”

The current kickoff forecast for Kansas City is 55 degrees and sunny with a breeze of 12 mph. It’ll be cooler there on Saturday, when the Bucs arrive, so maybe Aguayo can get acclimated a bit.

Of course, forecasts change. Joe just hopes Aguayo doesn’t get the weather in his head, especially considering field goals might play a big role against a nasty Chiefs defense.

14 Responses to ““I’m Willing To Adapt””

  1. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    55 isn’t cold. I’ve been swimming in 40 degree water.

    I’ve crossed mountains in Norway in -10 degree weather, with no heat.

    I’ve ticked my wife off which set the chill factor to -100, and I functioned fine.

  2. DallasBuc Says:

    Teammates, coaches and fans have all had to adapt to the reality that we spent a valuable 2nd round pick on a keeker dat can’t keek.
    You can almost hear the collective aas clinch in the stands every time this poor kid trots out there.
    Barth nailed a 54 yarder in the Bears game. Could have a real kicker and a stud rookie wideout right now.

  3. NickTheKnife Says:

    What stub rookie wideout was picked after we picked a kicker ?

  4. LakeLandBuc Says:


  5. orlbucfan Says:

    Joes: please update the pics you use on these columns. Man, is that guy wearing red pjs?

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo adapts to temperature changes….Pablo works all day on hot Pasco County roofs (doesn’t get hotter than that)……Then at night under extremely low AC……Pablo’s elongated arc swings in the breeze while table dancing. Pablo can adapt so El Asesino should. By the way, Pablo is concerned about Aguayo…..Roberto has the entire Hispanic Nation on pins & needles every time he kicks.”

  7. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    @ Nick

    Tajae Sharpe is the only stud rookie chosen after Aguayo. Braxton Miller has been ok, I suppose.

    Tell us.

  8. 813bucboi Says:


  9. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    Wait, I googled. Braxton Miller hasn’t done squat. Sharpe was a steal, but nobody saw that coming. I see lots of mediocrity after 59

  10. salish_seamonster Says:

    55º at kickoff is not a cold weather game.

  11. LakeLandBuc Says:

    BKNYfootballhead: This is my opinion, the Saints have the picks that we should have made. 1st round : DT Sheldon Rankins. 2nd round: WR Michael Thomas. they traded back into the 2nd round, after we did. 2nd round: S Vonn Bell.

  12. Tom S. Says:

    My pick was Braxton Miller in Rd 3 and Hassan Ridgeway/Andrew Billings at DT in Rd 4 if we had stayed at our initial picks. The obvious pick for the trade up was Von Bell at Safety, which I think most people were assuming at the time and we sort of need now. Would have been nice to have had depth or a young upcoming starter and a better kicking game…

  13. Mike Johnson Says:

    Willing to adapt? Roberto ..how would you adapt to..flipping burgers or doing landscaping my man!!!! YOU SIR..need to adapt to kicking consistently. Do what you are paid rather handsomely to do..Kick that pigskin thru the uprights.
    We need to count on you at least within the 45 yrd range. I mean..you are a 2nd rd draft pick my man. So get your..FOOT..in the game. Try adapting thru a drive thru take out window. Your present job is much..much more comfortable!!

  14. BringBucsBack Says:

    He NEVER kicked in temperatures below 50 degrees. That’s hard to believe. North FL can become freezing, often and north of that gets even colder.

    Yet Another reason to pause before considering the lunacy of taking a kicker in the 2nd, on a team so hard up for talent?!

    He said Everyone asked him this question. I wonder if Licht did?