Here’s the kicker: Former second-round pick Aguayo is cut
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived place kicker Roberto Aguayo on Saturday. Aguayo, a former second-round pick, struggled to perform in the NFL after a record-setting career at Florida State. Aguayo missed an extra point and a 47-yard field goal during Friday’s 23-12 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Aguayo was challenged during training camp by veteran Nick Folk, who will take over the starting job. Aguayo endured a bumpy rookie season and didn’t do enough early in training camp this season to keep his job. It was a sharp decline from his elite college career, during which he won the Lou Groza Award presented to the nation’s top college kicker.
EAGLES: Ronald Darby’s first day with Philadelphia consisted of his watching practice from the sideline. He needed to wait for Jordan Matthews to complete his physical in Buffalo before taking the field for the Eagles.
It’s not expected to take long for Darby (Potomac High, Md.) to become the Eagles’ top cornerback. He brings top-end speed that the other cornerbacks lack and a playing style that fits what defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz wants at the position.
“Everybody knows me for my speed,” Darby said, “but I’m willing to come up and tackle. Play aggressive.”
Darby thrived as a rookie in 2015 as an immediate starter for the Bills and had two interceptions and 21 passes defended.
He was named Pro Football Focus’s defensive rookie of the year that season. His performance declined last year, and Darby said he needed to do a better job finishing plays. Eagles safety Corey Graham, who started next to Darby in Buffalo, said scheme adjustments last season hurt the entire defense. He remembers how Darby excelled as a rookie and said that will translate to the Eagles.
“He was special the whole year,” Graham said. “He was lights out from the beginning.”
RAVENS: About 15 protesters knelt between the Johnny Unitas and Ray Lewis statues in front of M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday morning to encourage Baltimore to sign free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The demonstration, which was planned on social media, lasted about an hour as the Ravens were participating in an open practice inside the stadium. Protesters carried signs that read, “Ravens fans for Kaepernick,” and “Blacklist: What is it good for?”
Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, became one of the most polarizing athletes in the country last year when he began declining to stand for the pregame national anthem.
The Ravens explored signing him when they learned that starting quarterback Joe Flacco would be sidelined with a back injury. Ryan Mallett is currently the Ravens’ top healthy quarterback.
As the team weighed the decision, it heard from fans both for and against signing Kaepernick.
BRONCOS: Denver has dodged a huge hit to its battered defensive line: Derek Wolfe’s right ankle injury apparently isn’t as serious as first thought.
“Great news,” cornerback Aqib Talib said. “I was praying as soon as it happened that it was just a sprain and nothing serious.”
The sixth-year defensive end was carted off the field after he got tangled up with right tackle Menelik Watson on the second snap of team drills.