Here’s the kicker: For­mer sec­ond-round pick Aguayo is cut

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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.

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