Roy Cummings, a Buccaneers Insider, joined the Erik Kuselias Show to talk about the Bucs offseason and the battle in the kicking position.
With Doug Martin’s return to One Buc Place, there is a little competition at the running back position. But even that battle won’t compare to the kicking battle that has started to unfold.
“You can look at the running back group right now and say it’s going to be Doug Martin when he comes back,” said Cummings. “There’s nobody behind him, I don’t think, that’s good enough to beat him.”
The battle to watch this summer won’t necessarily be with the running backs, but with Roberto Aguayo and Nick Folk.
“I think, because it is so high profile and what they did to go get Roberto Aguayo, that kicking job is going to be a heck of a battle,” said Cummings. “It’s going to be really interesting to watch.”
On the first day of organized team activities, Aguayo missed three of his four kicks while Folk made all four. The Bucs have an extra roster spot so, in reality, they could keep both kickers and just use Aguayo for kickoffs.
“He can kick it deep and drop it in front of the goal line,” said Cummings. “That’s one area he hasn’t really lost his touch.”
But the writing on the wall might be pretty clear for most spectators if the second-round pick doesn’t get his kicking game together.
“If he can’t distinguish himself this summer he’s going to be gone,” said Cummings.