The Chargers waived Aguayo on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Aguayo has lost out in his battle with fellow kicker Caleb Sturgis, marking his second failure to make a team since he was cut loose by the Buccaneers in August of 2017. The 2016 second-round pick will thus await calls from other organizations, but he may have entered the tryout realm at this point in his career.
Aguayo connected on the game-winning field goal during Thursday's 23-21 preseason win over the 49ers. He also made his other 36-yard field-goal attempt earlier in the contest.
Aguayo was the first kicker to take the field Thursday, one game after seeing his competition, Caleb Sturgis, take the only extra-point attempt available during Week 3 of the preseason. Aguayo's game-winning attempt is a telling sign as to which way the Chargers might be leaning in what has otherwise been a tight battle for the starting job. If Aguayo does wind up winning the competition, the former second-round pick immediately becomes an intriguing fantasy option given the explosive nature of the Chargers offense.
Aguayo did not see any kicking opportunities in the Chargers' preseason loss to the Saints on Saturday.
Aguayo was thought to have had the upper hand in the kicking competition heading into the contest, but his absence Saturday puts a cloud over the situation. His adversary, Caleb Sturgis, made his only extra point opportunity and put his two kickoffs through the end zone. The Chargers may have just been giving Sturgis one more look, but the competition is closer than it seemed previously at this point in time. We may have to wait until final roster cuts Saturday to see who wins the role.
Aguayo is "on his way to winning the Chargers' kicking job," according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Aguayo is still contending with Caleb Sturgis for the job, but assuming Schefter's prediction comes to fruition, it looks as though the 24-year-old will get another chance to flash the talent that inspired the Buccaneers to make him a second-round draft pick in 2016. Kicking behind a Philip Rivers-helmed offense that can generate a good deal of points, Aguayo could merit fantasy consideration if he does indeed secure the Bolts' kicking job.
Aguayo was successful on a 39-yard field-goal attempt and converted all three of his extra-point tries in the Chargers' 24-14 preseason win over the Seahawks on Saturday.
Locked in a battle for the placekicking job with Caleb Sturgis, Aguayo acquitted himself impressively Saturday. The former Lou Groza Award winner is looking for a fresh start after a tumultuous first two pro seasons that went nowhere near as successfully as his college pedigree would have suggested. The battle between the two kickers figures to go down to the wire, with Sturgis -- who didn't receive any opportunities against the Seahawks -- likely to get multiple chances to show what he can do against the Saints in Los Angeles' third preseason game next Saturday.
The Chargers signed Aguayo to a future/reserve contract Wednesday, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
The Buccaneers traded into the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft in order to select Aguayo, but his only season with the team didn't go well, with the Florida State product missing nine of his 31 field-goal attempts. After failing to see any NFL action in 2017, he'll look to reboot his NFL career with the Chargers during the upcoming season, though Aguayo will likely face competition on that front. Specifically, the team still has Nick Rose under contract and veteran Nick Novak could also be brought back for what may become an open audition for the team's kicking job.
Aguayo was cut from the Panthers' practice squad Tuesday, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Aguayo was brought onto Carolina's practice squad in late October when Graham Gano was dealing with a knee issue. Gano never missed a contest because of the injury and hasn't missed a field goal since Week 5, so the Panthers decided to part ways with the former second-round pick. He'll now look to join his fourth different team this season.
The Panthers signed Aguayo to their practice squad Wednesday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.
The Panthers are optimistic that Graham Gano (knee) will be able to handle his usual kicking duties Sunday against the Buccaneers, but just for insurance purposes, the team worked out a number of kickers earlier this week. Of the participants, Aguayo evidently stood out the most, so his appointment to the Panthers' practice squad suggests he would be the team's top choice to kick in Week 8 if Gano is unable to go. A 2016 second-round pick of Tampa Bay, Aguayo was waived by the team in August after failing to show much improvement following an erratic rookie season. He joined the Bears shortly thereafter, but was waived at the conclusion of training camp after losing the job battle to Connor Barth.
Aguayo visited the Bears for a kicker tryout Wednesday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
It's been quiet for Aguayo since being cut by the Bears at the close of the preseason, but he had a chance to showcase himself Wednesday. Josh Lambo was also in for a tryout, and it's unclear at this point if Chicago is ready to move on from Connor Barth or are just making a point that he is currently kicking on thin ice.
The Bears waived Aguayo on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
For the second time in less than a month, the 2016 second-round selection was passed over for a veteran placekiicker. In the case of Chicago, Connor Barth will serve in the role. Aguayo will thus be subject to waivers, but it remains to be seen if another organization will take a chance due to a lacking leg.
Aguayo converted an extra-point attempt in Sunday's 19-7 victory over the Titans.
After missing a field-goal attempt in last week's game, it was Connor Barth who was called upon for the only field goal the Bears attempted in this contest. It's likely that he loses regular-season placekicking duties to Barth.
Aguayo converted his only extra point attempt while missing a field goal Saturday against the Cardinals.
Aguayo had an ugly miss, as the ball came off his foot like a baseball pitcher throwing a knuckleball, and the ball drifted wide to the right. With two weeks left to go in the preseason, it's difficult to imagine that he'll overtake Connor Barth to become the Bears starting kicker.
Aguayo was claimed by the Bears, ESPN's Field Yates reports.
The Buccaneers placed Aguayo on waivers Saturday after the kicker botched a field goal and an extra-point attempt in the preseason opener, as team brass was evidently fed up with the 2016 second-rounder's continued struggles. Now in Chicago, Aguayo will square off with another former Tampa Bay leg in Connor Barth.
Aguayo was let go by the Buccaneers on Saturday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Aguayo was taken in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, which came with some added pressure given his position as kicker. He struggled during his rookie season, making just 22 of 31 field-goal attempts, as well as missing two extra points. The Buccaneers finally had enough after the 23-year-old missed a field goal and extra-point attempt in their preseason opener. Aguayo will look for a fresh start elsewhere, while Nick Folk takes over the kicking responsibilities for the Bucs.
Aguayo, battling veteran Nick Folk for the place kicker job, struggled during Monday's practice, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The one saving grace for the 2016 second-round pick was that Folk essentially matched his ineffectiveness. Aguayo was wide-right on an attempt against the narrower goal posts the Bucs have in training camp and then hooked one left while working with the regulation uprights. He salvaged his morning to an extent by nailing a 50-yard try before the end of the session, but the performance of both kickers naturally left head coach Dirk Koetter less than satisfied. The competition for the job could come down to final roster cuts, but Koetter would prefer for one of the two players to distance himself relatively early in preseason.
Aguayo connected on all seven of his field-goal attempts during Friday's practice, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. "He was lights-out," coach Dirk Koetter said of Aguayo. "Best day of training camp, best day in a long time. He looked great today. ... Usually, out of 10 kicks, it's a one-kick difference, but today, Roberto was money on both ends. I don't think he missed all day. Yeah, he was money."
Aguayo, who's entrenched in a training camp battle with veteran Nick Folk, indicated that three of his seven conversions were into "skinny" posts, which are less than half as wide as traditional goalposts. Meawhile, Folk missed at least three of his attempts Friday, according to Taylor Jenkins of the Pewter Report. While the winner of this competition likely won't be decided anytime soon, Aguayo seems to have gained a small lead during the first week of training camp.
Aguayo was able to connect on four of five field-goal attempts at the end of Sunday's rain-filled practice, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Sunday marked the first head-to-head battle between Aguayo and veteran Nick Folk in a special-teams period at the end of practice, with the end result a definitive draw. Aguayo nailed his first four attempts in the steady rain before missing his fifth, with Folk posting the same mark. The competition for the placekicking job is expected to endure through the final preseason game.
Aguayo drilled at least four field goals during Thursday's OTA session, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
It was a nice bounce-back for the beleaguered second-year kicker, who had gone just 1-for-4 while attempting to kick through 8.5-foot wide uprights on Tuesday. The Bucs were back to regulation goal posts Thursday, which clearly seemed to help Aguayo's cause. The former FSU kicker will attempt to hold off the challenge of veteran Nick Folk this summer, and the latter has notably gotten off to a strong start over the first few sessions.
Aguayo converted just 1-of-4 field-goal attempts from approximately 35-to-40 yards out during Tuesday's OTAs, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
It should be noted that both the second-year kicker and offseason acquisition Nick Folk kicked into narrower-than-usual goalposts that measured just 8.5 feet in width, a full 10 feet less than regulation uprights. However, Folk was perfect on all four of his tries, so Aguayo was alone in his struggles on the afternoon. The 2016 second-round pick had plenty of trouble last season with the distance he attempted his kicks from Tuesday, as he went just 4-for-11 on attempts of 40 yards or more.
Aguayo is facing a make-or-break training camp and preseason with the recent signing of Nick Folk, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
The much-heralded 2016 second-round pick from Florida State had a rocky start to his NFL career, making just 71 percent of his 31 field-goal attempts, worst in the league in 2016. Aguayo's problems were largely centered on kicks of 40-plus yards, a distance from which he was only 4-for-10 despite his longest attempt on the season coming from just 43 yards away. It was a stark contrast to his storied college career, one that saw him win the Lou Groza Award and leave the Seminoles as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history. Aguayo certainly has the pedigree to right the ship, however, and also can look to two of the league's longest-tenured and most successful kickers, fellow FSU alumnus Sebastian Janikowski and Stephen Gostkowski, for inspiration. The former went 22-for-32 in his rookie season in 2000 after enduring even more pressure as a first-round pick, while the latter was successful on just 70 percent of his attempts in his first season as well. Folk certainly serves as formidable competition for Aguayo, though, considering his proven track record and the fact that he boasts success rates of between 81.3 and 91.7 percent on his attempts over the last four seasons.