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Cutting Of Buccaneers K Roberto Aguayo Focal Point Of "Hard Knocks" Second Episode

The Buccaneers during last night's episode of "Hard Knocks" showed the team cutting K Roberto Aguayo, one of the "most anticipated story lines 'Hard Knocks' has had in years," according to Tom Jones of the TAMPA BAY TIMES. Aguayo was a second-round pick in '16 and struggled in his first year on the field, and his story was the "highlight of the second episode, which was much better than the first." Last night's episode "didn't disappoint," as it was "quickly paced, well filmed and expertly edited." The Aguayo story was "deftly directed and told." The episode "set up the competition between Aguayo and veteran Nick Folk early in the show." Then it "dramatically laid out Aguayo's failures (a missed field goal and an extra point) against the Bengals in Friday's preseason opener." What the show revealed, "thanks to a conversation" between GM Jason Licht and coach Dirk Koetter the day after the game, is Licht "wanted to release Aguayo after the game but decided to sleep on it." That conversation between Licht and Koetter was "frank and must-see TV as they decided they simply couldn't trust Aguayo any longer." While there were "no tears or raised voices, the scene was absolutely dramatic." It was "hard to watch, but as a viewer, you couldn't look away." All in all, it was "must-see TV, the kind of thing that 'Hard Knocks' is known for and the kind of thing that makes the series so good" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 8/16). "Hard Knocks" director Matt Dissinger, who has been with the show since '07, said of filming player cuts, "We try to maintain a respectful distance when doing it. Just as much as Dirk Koetter and Jason Licht hate cutting players, we hate shooting it. But it's unfortunately part of the business. ... It's part of camp, it's part of the reality of the NFL. ... We work really hard to get the audience invested in these guys and to really show a well-rounded portrait of who they are" (ESPN.com, 8/15).

CELEBRATION STATION? NFL.com's Dan Hanzus notes ref Ed Hochuli was at Bucs camp, "at least in part, to clarify what was permissible under the league's newly relaxed rules on player celebrations." That led to DT Gerald McCoy -- in a "performance that will surely garner 'Hard Knocks' MVP votes -- workshopping a series of uncomfortably erotic victory dances" (NFL.com, 8/16). The TAMPA BAY TIMES' Jones noted McCoy "tried to see just where that line was by twerking for Hochuli." Jones: "I don't know if it was enough to get a penalty, but I'm positive I don't need to see that again" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 8/16).

MUTE BUTTON AT THE READY: In N.Y., Drew Loftis noted Miko Grimes, the "outspoken wife" of Buccaneers CB Brent Grimes, dropped a "number of f-bombs and scatological references while playfully describing the relationship with her husband." But outside of the "blue language, there was no trash-talking of current teammates of coaches." Her "harshest critique was on plays that make minimal gains rather than individuals" (N.Y. POST, 8/16).
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