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Bucs kickers Roberto Aguayo, Nick Folk stunk it up today in practice

Roberto Aguayo (19) gets ready to attempt a field goal during training camp Monday at One Buccaneer Place. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

Roberto Aguayo (19) gets ready to attempt a field goal during training camp Monday at One Buccaneer Place. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]

If you had to reach a conclusion about the team's place-kicking battle between Robert Aguayo and Nick Folk based on Monday's performance, it would be this: they both stunk.

Aguayo and Folk missed field-goal attempts right and left (literally) in a display that did not inspire confidence for Bucs coach Dirk Koetter.

They each missed on the skinny goal posts, with Folk clanging one off the left upright and Aguayo missing wide right. They both missed on the regulation goal posts, with Aguayo hooking a kick badly to the left. Finally, Aguayo made an attempt of about 50 yards while Folk missed.

"Not too good. Not too good. It's one day on, one day off,'' Koetter said. "Whatever they ate for breakfast today, off the menu. Because that wasn't it.

"Neither one of them was very good today. It's a simple process. Okay? You're a kicker in the NFL, inside 50 yards, you've got to make your kicks. I'm not being a hard a-- or anything. That's just what it is in this league. They know it. I know it. Everyone here knows it.''

The Bucs begin the preseason Friday night with a game at Cincinnati. Koetter said he would like to declare a winner before the final roster cutdown, but nobody has really stepped up yet. Game performance will be factored in, but it's hard to predict how many each place-kicker will get.

"You know, the problem is in games, we don't have any control over that,'' Koetter said. "We might go four weeks and not have any kicks come up. We'd like to make a decision sooner rather than later, but it's just hard right now. We've got to get better at that position. We've got to get better at every position, but that's one of them.

"There's no reason it should have to go all the way to 53. If it does, it does. We don't have to take it that long. We're waiting for a guy to win the job.''

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Bucs kickers Roberto Aguayo, Nick Folk stunk it up today in practice 08/07/17 [Last modified: Monday, August 7, 2017 1:02pm]
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