For anyone that hasn't heard yet, the Buccaneer's starting kicker Aguayo just got released from the team and is going to go through waivers. Everyone knows the story on him: Super accurate in college, never missed under 40 yards, never missed an extra point, won his team (Florida State) a bunch of games, came into the NFL hyped as potentially the next great kicker. Draft night 2016, Bucs traded UP in the second round to draft Aguayo (which is ridiculously high to take a kicker). Kid couldn't handle the pressure and only made ~70% of his kicks his first year and the team brought in a veteran, Nick Folk, as competition to training camp this year. He continued to miss a bunch of kicks in training camp and during preseason game 1. He was released.
This is what I am thinking right now. There is no doubt the kid has talent, NFL level kicking talent. But the thing is, kicking (especially in the NFL) is like 90% mental. Kid just couldn't handle the pressure, whether it be being drafted so high, or being so highly touted by his team, or whatever. But he will and should get a second chance. He was absolutely a monster in the college game with A LOT of kicks.
He will most likely go unclaimed through waivers. Sign him to the practice squad, give him a year or two on there to get his mind right, for him to get a reset essentially away from the spotlight. With us having Vinatieri for probably 2 more years, let the kid learn how to handle the pressure behind him on the practice squad. And then give him a shot once our HoF kicker decides to hang up his cleats. I am probably one of the few ones that thinks the kid still has a shot to make it as an NFL kicker but this could seriously work out for us in the long run. Thoughts?