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Did Bucs put too much pressure on Aguayo?

Did Bucs put too much pressure on Aguayo?
Published On: Sat, Aug 12
Dec 4, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo (19) attempts a field goal during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

After the Buccaneers surprised everyone by taking a kicker with the 59th overall pick in the draft, G.M. Jason Licht explained the move by heaping superlatives on the player.

I was very excited along with my staff and coaches about Roberto for a very long time, Licht told PFT Live in May 2016. Its not often that you go into draft meetings or into a school visit and you come back and in fact I remember coming back. I made a visit to Florida State along with several other schools this year, like we always do, but came back and my wife she always asks, Who did you like? And I said, I like this Aguayo guy. And she was shocked. Because I had never talked about a kicker before. . . .

Hes the best kicker Ive ever seen coming out of college. . . . With the importance of special teams in this league is paramount and we talk about that all the time. So why not take who you think is the best kicker youve ever seen just to sure that up?

Heres why not. Because doing the unconventional thing and failing is the clearest path to widespread scrutiny.

Yes, its good that the Bucs admitted their mistake. But it was a pretty big mistake, perhaps exacerbated by the over-the-top faith that the team put in Aguayo, both by making him a second-round pick and then declaring to the world how great he had been, and in turn how great he would be.

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