The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ kicking situation has been a hot topic over the summer and former kicker Martin Gramatica joined The Rock Riley Show to discuss it.
“I texted him (Aguayo) a few times and I’ve extended my hand if he needed it, but I’m not going to over step my boundaries,” said Gramatica. “I told him I was here if he needed anything.”
Having been a kicker in the NFL for nine years (six seasons with the Bucs), Gramatica knows a lot about the pressure kickers are under.
“Looking back at the season you would have to think it has to do with pressure,” said Gramatica on Aguayo’s slump with the Bucs. “We knew the pressure he was going to be under, especially being drafted in the second round.”
Gramatica even mentions seeing Aguayo was often seen in warm-up and during the game taking notes and that he probably got to the point that he was over thinking it.
Right now Aguayo has a battle for the starting position as the Bucs brought in Nick Folk from the Jets.
“I know Nick because I was with him in Dallas and he’s a phenomenal kicker,” said Gramatica. “So the Buccaneers are serious now, they are going to keep the guy that’s best in the preseason.”
“It’s a clear message to Roberto, either start making it or we’re going to keep Nick.”
Rock reflects on the Bucs OTA’s and mini camp and at the end of practice they would put each guy out there and kick maybe five of them or three of them and then move it back to the 45. He said every single player was locked in for the competition between Aguayo and Folk.
“I do think it’s a known competition, not even with Hard Knocks, it’s well-known and it’s been told to both guys whoever is the best will get the job,” explained Gramatica. “It’s definitely a battle for the kicking job.”