The Bucs have released embattled kicker Roberto Aguayo, bringing an end to a stint that began with a rookie season that saw the second-round pick serve largely as either a punchline or a punching bag.
The Buccaneers’ second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft missed an extra point and a field-goal attempt in Tampa Bay’s preseason-opening loss to the Bengals on Friday.
Freeman began practice with the team Sunday but left after about an hour and 20 minutes accompanied by a member of the training staff.
The team has ruled Freeman out for its second preseason game Sunday against the Steelers as a precaution, though it remains unclear if he will miss the remainder of the exhibition games as well.
“We were definitely disappointed that it happened,” Quinn said. “But as far as heading into the future, that’s out of my hands in terms of the (doctors). Let them handle that. Let’s just see how it goes. It’s too early to make that — I’ll rule him out for this week for sure but past that? He’s not gonna get a ton of reps this preseason. Nor is Matt (Ryan) or Julio (Jones). We’ve got real competition at running back and I am trying to find out quite a bit about a number of guys so we’ll take it from there.”
The Falcons last week made Freeman the league’s highest-paid rusher with a five-year extension worth $41.25 million. He’s missed just one game in three seasons with Atlanta and is an accomplished pass-catcher with 157 receptions in his career.
They had high hopes for Blackledge as the No. 7 overall pick out of Penn State in the vaunted 1983 QB draft class. Unfortunately, despite some ability to avoid pressure, he went only 12-13 over five years with only a 49.1 completion percentage, 29 touchdowns and a 62.0 rating. At least Blackledge has found a pretty good career as a college football analyst and connoisseur.