Thursday, May 24, 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.

Bucs' Byron Kiefer, promoted to senior national scout, looks on at Jameis Winston's pro day in 2015.(AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Licht promotes three in Bucs’ scouting department

The dust has settled from another NFL draft, and Bucs general manager Jason Licht has made three promotions in his scouting department as a new year of player evaluation begins.Byron Kiefer, entering his 14th season with the Bucs and...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn (55) and Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) fight in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in Tampa. Both Coburn and Wilson received five minute major penalties for fighting. (DIRK SHADD | Times)

Lightning journal: A rare fight to this finish

TAMPA — After Alex Ovechkin's goal 62 seconds into Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Wednesday, the next highlight was an extended fight between Lightning D Braydon Coburn and Capitals RW Tom Wilson, with a two-minute break for them...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/24/18
Tampa Bay Lightning players are seen along the bench during a break in play in the third period against the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD   |   Times

Lightning-Capitals: Tampa Bay had its chances. Here are the best ones

TAMPA — Yanni Gourde said he will have to see a replay to know just how it got away, but even in a lopsided 4-0 loss like Wednesday night, he'll remember the puck in front of an empty net, and the missed opportunity that encapsulated a...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/24/18
Receiver Bernard Reedy, shown last season, has been signed back to the Bucs roster to compete for a job this fall.(JIM DAMASKE | Times)

Bucs bring back Lakewood’s Bernard Reedy to compete for WR/KR job

Lakewood grad Bernard Reedy, who handled the Bucs' kickoff and punt returns for much of last season, is back with Tampa Bay again.Reedy, 26, was signed on Wednesday, one day after the Bucs began OTA workouts. Thomas Sperbeck, the former...
Published: 05/23/18
Bucs receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson kneel in protest during the national anthem before a game at Minnesota in November.(TIMES FILES | 2017)

NFL policy: Players can stay inside during anthem if they won’t stand

NFL owners passed a new policy Wednesday with the hopes of moving on from boycotts and political turmoil related to some players protesting by not standing during the national anthem before games.Under the new policy, NFL players are not...
Published: 05/23/18
Surely there are pictures taken by actual professional photographers to show the University of Phoenix Stadium, home to another Super Bowl in 2023, but what would be the fun in that?(GREG AUMAN | Times)

New Super Bowls: Arizona in 2023, New Orleans in 2024

And you thought our headline would be "Mariota hosts NFL draft before Winston."The NFL owners are meeting in Atlanta this week, and that means a new batch of future Super Bowls getting announced for their homes.A year ago,
Published: 05/23/18
New Bucs center Ryan Jensen (66) is making a strong impression on his new teammates.(MONICA HERNDON | Times)

Winston: Bucs’ Ryan Jensen ‘one of the toughest, meanest, baddest centers’

It's hard to miss new Bucs center Ryan Jensen at OTA workouts this week, with his long red hair visible from across the field even when he's wearing a helmet."Any recommendations for anti frizz shampoo and conditioner?" Jensen wrote on...
Published: 05/23/18
Former Bucs linebacker Scot Brantley, shown in 1982, is battling Alzheimer's Disease and has had his concussion settlement claim rejected by the NFL, according to HBO. [Times files (1982)]

HBO: Ex-Buc Scot Brantley battling Alzheimer’s, claim denied by NFL

Former Gators and Bucs linebacker Scot Brantley, also once a popular sports radio host in Tampa, is battling Alzheimer's Disease and has been rejected from the NFL's concussion settlement, according to tonight's episode of HBO's "Real Sports...
Published: 05/22/18
Bucs receiver Mike Evans, making a catch against the Bills last season, said he needs to improve his yards after the catch in 2018. [Times files (2017)]

Bucs’ Mike Evans: Yards after catch must improve in 2018

Mike Evans is one of just three receivers in NFL history to open his career with four straight 1,000-yard seasons, but he understands one area where he can make a big improvement in 2018: yards after the catch."I think last year was my...
Published: 05/22/18
Bucs rookie Vita Vea, right, bears a resemblance to another massive character, Maui from Disney's Moana, according to Gerald McCoy and his children.[DISNEY/NFL]

Gerald McCoy: Sorry, but Vita Vea is Maui from Moana

If you've been dipping your toes in the "Gosh, Vita Vea looks a lot like the guy from Disney's Moana" pool, Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has jumped in all the way.The Bucs' 347-pound rookie is massive, has a family history on the...
Published: 05/22/18