In a surprising move this weekend, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers parted ways with former 2nd round pick Roberto Aguayo out of Florida State, after he had a dismal rookie season converting on just 71% of his field goal attempts and 32 of 34 PATs. To make room for Aguayo, the Bears put veteran receiver Reuben Randal on the IR. Aguayo will compete with Connor Barth for the starting job in Chicago, a notoriously difficult stadium to kick in. Both have had their struggles as Barth hit just 78% of his field goal attempts last season.
The kicking situation is laughable in Chicago. It’s laughable because our two options can’t even hit at an 80% clip. If Aguayo is to beat out Barth, it would be the second consecutive year he will have done so, as Tampa Bay cut Barth last season in favor of Aguayo. Despite the putrid numbers, this is actually a smart move that I can get behind. It is a low risk-high reward scenario for the Bears. The best possible outcome is Barth is cut and Aguayo takes over and hits 75% (dare I say 80% or is that a pipedream?) on his field goal attempts this year. People forget/don’t know, that Roberto was one of the most accurate kickers in College Football history AND bonus time, he is only 23. If he can gain some confidence and find the uprights a few more times than last season, this is a successful move. Bears fans will still be longing for the days of Robbie Gould, but anything is better than Connor Barth.