Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Greg Auman, Times staff writer

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

Greg Auman has been at the Tampa Bay Times since 1999 and has covered the Bucs and the NFL since 2013. He covered the University of South Florida's athletic department from 2004-13.

The Bucs' run defense will open 2018 trying to contain New Orleans' Alvin Kamara, who rushed for 68 yards on 10 carries in his first game against the Bucs last year. [Times files (2017)]

Bucs’ new run defense will be tested early, often in 2018

Much of the focus on the Bucs upgrading their defensive line has been, understandably, that Tampa Bay finished last in the league in sacks last season, with just 22. But as Gerald McCoy pointed out several times in 2017, you can't get to the...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Here are two Bucs greats in Hardy Nickerson and John Lynch trying to catch Barry Sanders, who turned 50 on Monday. [Times files (1997)]

Barry Sanders turns 50: Watch some of his 2,195 yards vs. Bucs

Lions legend Barry Sanders turned 50 on Monday, and as a tribute, the NFL posted a 10-minute highlight video of the Hall of Famer's top 50 runs. As any older Bucs fans can attest, many of them came at the expense of Tampa Bay's defense, seen...
Published: 07/17/18
Bucs rookie Ronald Jones, shown during OTA workouts, said his top goal for 2018 is for the Bucs to win a division title. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]

Bucs running back Ronald Jones eager to prove himself as rookie

Bucs rookies report to training camp Monday, in less than a week, but running back Ronald Jones has offered fun insights into his preparation with a 10-minute video interview with his hometown paper back in Texas, the
Published: 07/17/18
It wasn't 60 yards, but here's DeSean Jackson scoring a touchdown against the Dolphins last season.(TIMES FILES | 2017)

What DeSean Jackson needs to break a Jerry Rice NFL record

We're close enough to the 2018 NFL season that we can start talking about records that could be broken in the normal course of the Bucs' season ahead.DeSean Jackson has a chance to break one of Jerry Rice's career NFL records. No, not...
Published: 07/16/18
Bucs coach Tony Dungy, shown last year at a speaking engagement in Tampa, said he knows Jameis Winston

Tony Dungy on Jameis Winston: ‘He knows the right things to do’

Former Bucs coach and current NFL analyst Tony Dungy said Friday that quarterback Jameis Winston's three-game suspension is disappointing, but he still hopes the 24-year-old can learn from his mistakes moving forward."Obviously, it's...
Published: 07/13/18
Bucs QB Jameis Winston poses with kids from a Tampa Bay Youth Football League camp after a workout at Skyway Park on Friday morning.(PORSCHE TAYLOR | TWITTER)

Mom appreciates ‘surprising’ Winston interaction with kids after workout

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston continues to be a complicated study in the off-field behavior of pro athletes, doing things that draw criticism and praise, sometimes even in the same hour.Winston drew criticism from some fans today for...
Published: 07/13/18
Jameis Winston's trainer, Otis Leverette, wore a shirt Friday that reads

Winston trainer’s shirt at workout: ‘JAMEIS AGAINST THE WORLD’

Some readers will think this is a non-story and a reach, while others will say it's the wrong message that Jameis Winston is sending as he tries to repair his image after a three-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Published: 07/13/18
James Avery of Tampa made these

Flashback: 1979 Bucs defense had ‘Mount Crushmore’

As we roll out our own choices for "Mount Rushmore" honors for Tampa Bay sports teams, one of our readers was reminded of a similar treatment...
Published: 07/13/18
Here's our Mount Rushmore of Tampa Bay Buccaneers football (from left): Lee Roy Selmon, Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks and John Lynch. [Times files]

Here’s our Mount Rushmore of Bucs

The selection process for a Mount Rushmore of former Bucs players— part of a project from the Times Sports department that includes an overall Mount Rushmore of Tampa Bay athletes — is first incredibly easy, and then...
Published: 07/13/18
The Lightning has named Derek Lalonde, coach of the AHL's Iowa Wild, as a new assistant coach.(IOWA WILD/AHL)

Lightning names AHL’s Derek Lalonde as new assistant

The Lightning has completed Jon Cooper's coaching staff for the upcoming season, announcing on Thursday the hiring of Derek Lalonde, who spent the last two seasons as head coach of the American Hockey League's Iowa Wild.Lalonde, 45, has...
Published: 07/12/18