Friday, December 15, 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.

LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) recovers a fumble as Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay (19) cannot reach it during the first half of an NFL game between the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017.

Bucs’ Lavonte David misses practice with hamstring injury

TAMPA — The Bucs knew they might be playing without DT Gerald McCoy, who suffered a biceps injury early in Sunday’s loss to the Lions. But now they face the prospect of playing Monday against Atlanta without another of their defensive leaders,...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is seen during the second half after leaving Sunday's game between the Bucs and Detroit Lions in Tampa. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

Cannon Fodder podcast: Gerald McCoy still wants to play

Greg Auman has an update in his latest podcast while the Bucs have two days off during the long week.
Published: 12/13/17
Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy puts on his helmet during warmups. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]

Bucs journal: Brent Grimes matches Richard Sherman for INTs since 2013

TAMPA — CB Brent Grimes picked up his third interception of the season in Sunday’s loss to the Lions, tying him for the Bucs’ team lead and with another, more impressive group.Since the start of the 2013 season, Grimes has 20 interceptions,...
Published: 12/11/17
Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay (23) is tackled by Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) after recovering a fumble during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast: Another close game that got away

Greg Auman looks back on the Bucs’ 24-21 loss to the Lions.
Published: 12/11/17
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