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TAMPA, Fla. — The struggles for Buccaneers rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo continue.

During Tuesday’s joint practice with the Cleveland Browns, Aguayo went 3 for 6 on field goal attempts, and Bucs fans booed him loudly.

“He’s struggling,” coach Dirk Koetter said after practice. “He’s struggling a little bit right now. He’s gotta work his way through it.”

The first miss came on his first attempt of practice at 35 yards out. After making the next two attempts, he backed up to 45 yards, and shanked it. He attempted a 45-yarder again and missed, with the ball sailing wide left.

Through two preseason games, he’s missed two field goals and an extra point. During his entire time at FSU, he was 198-for-198 on extra points and only missed nine field goals in three years.

“We’ve talked to him. He knows what he has to do. He’s working through it,” said Koetter, directing all questions about possibly bringing in another kicker to general manager Jason Licht. “I wouldn’t think that’s an option, but that would be a question for Jason.”

Koetter was asked if he believes Aguayo’s struggles are mental.

“I think so and I think he believes that,” Koetter said.

Roberto Aguayo misses 3 of 6 attempts in practice, gets booed

Aguayo admitted Monday that indeed, his confidence has been affected.

“I’d say a little bit, but in times like this, it builds you up so down the road in the future, you’re a lot stronger, ya know? You’ve got to have times like this where you struggle a little bit,” Aguayo said.

On Monday, Koetter put him on the spot at the end of practice and said that if he made a 50-yarder, the team could go home early. He made it, and his teammates celebrated with him. They also let him break the huddle. “I haven’t had that feeling in a long time … a game-winning kick,” Aguayo said.

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Monsignor Laurence E. Higgins, a beloved Bay area icon, died on Wednesday, sad news that inspired fond reminiscence among his many long-time friends in the Buccaneer family.

TAMPA, FL- AUGUST 29: City of Tampa Mayor Dick Greco, Head coach Jon Gruden of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Monsignor Higgins gather for the teams annual kick off luncheon event at Tampa's Higgins Hall on August 29, 2002 in Tampa, Florida. (photo by Unknown/ Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

TAMPA, FL- AUGUST 29: City of Tampa Mayor Dick Greco, Head coach Jon Gruden of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Monsignor Higgins gather for the teams annual kick off luncheon event at Tampa’s Higgins Hall on August 29, 2002 in Tampa, Florida. (photo by Unknown/ Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

In the heyday of the great Tampa Bay Buccaneers clubs of the late ’90s and early ’00s, the team had a secret weapon, a master motivator of men: Monsignor Laurence E. Higgins.

“We loved his ‘pregame speeches,'” said former Buccaneer safety John Lynch, laughing and verbally putting that phrase in quote marks. “I’m talking about his homilies on Saturday nights before games, of course. He was an athlete himself and he’d get into it. He’d get so fired up it would turn into a sort of pep talk and we loved it. He’d get us so fired up that we wanted to play on Saturday night!”

Monsignor Higgins passed away at his home on Wednesday morning at the age of 87, but not before he touched countless lives over nearly six decades in the Tampa Bay area. That included many Buccaneer players, coaches and staff members, as Higgins’s relationship with the team was long, robust and endlessly impactful. In fact, that impact continues on in the lives of Lynch and many of his teammates, including former Buccaneer fullback Mike Alstott.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers practiced on Wednesday with one eye on their preseason contest with the Cleveland Browns, which is just two days away. The other eye was on September 11, and even though that is 18 days away, the countdown clock to the game on that date seems far more significant.

The Bucs and Browns will meet in the third week of the preseason (after also practicing together on Tuesday and Wednesday) and that makes it the best showcase for each team’s starters. Buccaneers Head Coach Dirk Koetter, for instance, plans to play his first-team units into the third quarter, which allows for a test run on making halftime adjustments. However, some existing injuries could lead to tweaks in the lineup, and the desire to avoid any new health concerns could impact specific playtime decisions.

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