Shutdown Corner

  • A few reasons why the Patriots might have released former starting center Bryan Stork

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago

    The New England Patriots releasing recent starters is newsworthy, sure, but it’s hardly shocking at this point. Even if the player in question this time plays a hard-to-fill position — center — and is still in his prime at 25.

    Bryan Stork, who was the starting center as a rookie for most of the Patriots’ season, will reportedly be released. He now will be subject to waivers and almost certainly will be claimed.

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  • Bucs' rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo now having poor practices too

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago

    Usually when a team drafts a player in the second round, they can afford to be patient with him. He can play a role as a backup, take some reps as a special-teamer while he learns the ins and outs of the playbook.

    But with a kicker, it’s not so easy.

    A lot has been written in a short time about Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo, the former Florida State standout the Bucs took in the second round this year – the highest a team has drafted a kicker in over a decade (New York Jets, Mike Nugent, 2005).

    Aguayo is struggling. Really struggling.

    The 22-year-old missed his first kick in the preseason, an extra point. Then he missed two field goals last week against Jacksonville, one from 32 yards and the other from 49.

    And now this, from Tampa Bay’s joint practice with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday:

    Roberto Aguayo just had one of the worst practice shanks I've ever seen followed by another miss. It's officially a thing. #Bucs #Browns

    — Pat Donovan (@PatDonovanNFL) August 23, 2016

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