Monday, December 11, 2017


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.

Leonard Wester scores during the fourth quarter. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]

Bucs-Lions journal: Backup lineman was most unlikely of targets

TAMPA — The Bucs’ unlikely comeback to erase a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter was capped by the most unlikely of targets.
Published: 12/10/17
Running back Doug Martin #22 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fumbles the ball allowing it to be recovered by defensive back D.J. Hayden #31 of the Detroit Lions during the second quarter of an NFL football game on December 10, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Buc-Lions: The end could be near for Doug Martin

TAMPA — One costly fumble Sunday did what two seasons with the worst average per carry in the NFL couldn’t do: Put Doug Martin on the bench.Bucs coach Dirk Koetter had stuck with Martin, starting him Sunday even after Peyton Barber rushed for...
Published: 12/10/17
Matthew Kitchel, of Tampa, celebrates in the stands during the final minutes of an NFL game between the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 in Tampa. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the New York Jets 15-10. CHRIS URSO   |   Times

Bucs-Lions: Where Tampa Bay is better than you think

TAMPA — Bucs players and coaches can’t explain why their defense is so much better at home. With three of their final four games at Raymond James Stadium, they just hope to benefit from the positive side of such an unusual disparity."I don’t...
Published: 12/08/17
LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Kwon Alexander (58) takes the field before an NFL game between the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017.

Bucs-Lions: Things to watch in Sunday’s 1 p.m. game

TAMPA —The Bucs are home for the first time in four weeks, trying to get back on track against Detroit.At 4-8, they’re still mathematically alive for the playoffs —- just barely, needing to win out and about 20 other specific outcomes go their...
Published: 12/07/17
Updated: 12/08/17
Bucs tight end Cameron Brate celebrates after catching a touchdown pass during the first half. [AP photo]

Cameron Brate has earned Jameis Winston’s trust in clutch situations

TAMPA — NFL teams are full of situational players: the third-down pass-rusher, the deep-threat speed receiver, the short-yardage back.And as specific roles go, there are worse to be saddled with than being one of the NFL’s most reliable go-to...
Published: 12/07/17
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) is seen inactive on the sideline before an NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.

Injured Doug Martin, Robert Ayers return to full Bucs practice

TAMPA — A week after putting two players on injured reserve and having another seven sidelined for Sunday’s game against the Packers, the Bucs are making small progress toward getting healthier.RB Doug Martin and DE Robert Ayers, who have been...
Published: 12/06/17
Bobo Wilson, wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, tosses a football around with Rufus Jackson and Corey Harris during DeSean Jackson's first Tampa-area

Cannon Fodder podcast: Let’s talk rookies and playoffs (seriously)

Times Bucs writer Greg Auman talks about Tampa Bay’s rookie class and their development, the ridiculously slim playoff hopes the Bucs still somehow have and a rundown of all the potential 2018 free agents on this roster. Listen below:
Published: 12/06/17
LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) jokes with Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith (not pictured) following a preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016.

Bucs rookies enjoy milestones

SEFFNER — A group of Bucs rookies spent Tuesday morning at Lopez Elementary School to celebrate the school earning a $10,000 "Fuel Up to Play 60" hometown grant, and several were still relishing milestones from Sunday’s loss at Green Bay."My...
Published: 12/05/17
Cameron Brate celebrates his touchdown catch during the second half of the Bucs' loss to the Packers Sunday in Green Bay. [AP photo]

Cannon Fodder podcast: Cameron Brate’s fantasy football resurgence

In his latest Cannon Fodder podcast, Greg Auman wraps up Sunday’s Bucs loss at Green Bay.
Published: 12/05/17
Bobo Wilson, wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, shares a moment with Corey Harris while checking out after shopping for Christmas gifts during DeSean Jackson's first Tampa-area

Bucs journal: DeSean Jackson helps area kids fill holiday wish lists

TAMPA — DeSean Jackson and the Bucs have had a tough year with a 4-8 record, but they have stuck together, and that unity was on display Monday night when the Pro Bowl receiver and more than a half-dozen teammates participated in his Shop with a Jock...
Published: 12/04/17