Greg Auman, Times Staff Writer

Greg Auman

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.

Phone: (813) 226-3346

Email: auman@tampabay.com

Blog: Bucs Beat

Twitter: @GregAuman

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  1. Bucs players ecstatic about Logan Mankins

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    TAMPA — Whatever disappointment there was in the Bucs' locker room after a largely irrelevant 24-10 loss to the Redskins in Thursday's preseason finale, it disappeared at the mere mention of Logan Mankins, the six-time Pro Bowl guard acquired Tuesday from the Patriots.

    "A Logan Mankins, you can't even expect to get a guy like that," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. "When you get a guy like that, it's like a dream come true, an All-Pro who can help you get better in practice, and your overall team gets better, on and off the field."...

    Logan Mankins, left, and QB Josh McCown get to know each other before Thursday’s preseason finale versus the Redskins.
  2. Bucs claim Browns guard Gilkey, add 6 to practice squad

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    The Bucs have tweaked their initial 53-man roster, claiming second-year guard Garrett Gilkey from the Cleveland Browns, while adding six players they had cut on Saturday to their practice squad.

    Those six players are quarterback Mike Kafka, running back Jeff Demps, receiver/returner Solomon Patton, linebacker Brandon Magee, defensive tackle Matt Masifilo and tight end Cameron Brate. Four more spots are available on the 10-man practice squad....

  3. Bucs cuts include ex-Gators Major Wright, Solomon Patton, Jeff Demps

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    TAMPA — The Bucs made their final eight cuts Saturday to arrive at their 53-man roster, with three Gators among the most surprising players released.

    Undrafted rookie Solomon Patton, who seemed to have both return jobs locked up, was waived, as was former Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps, who wasn't able to showcase his elite speed in preseason action. And veteran safety Major Wright, who had 100 tackles for the Bears last season, was released after working as the team's No. 3 safety throughout the past month....

    Former Gator and Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps wasn’t able to showcase his elite speed during preseason action.
  4. Surprises: Bucs cut safety Wright, rookie Patton

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    The Bucs are finishing their cut to get to the 53-man NFL limit, and they're doing it with two surprising move: releasing safety Major Wright and rookie return specialist Solomon Patton.

    The two former Gators had both been seen as safe bets to make the final roster -- Patton had been handling both punt and kickoff returns the past two weeks, and Wright was the team's No. 3 safety behind starters Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson. Wright suffered a back injury in last week's game at Buffalo and didn't play in Thursday's preseason finale, but the injury wasn't believed to be anything longterm....

  5. Ex-Gators RB Demps among Bucs' final cuts

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    The Bucs went into Saturday needing to cut eight players to reach the NFL limit of 53 players, and the first player out in that final wave of cuts is former Florida running back Jeff Demps.

    Demps, a world-class sprinter who was part of the U.S. silver medal 4-by-100 relay in 2012, had limited success in the preseason, totaling 59 yards on 20 carries in Thursday's finale. He was waived Saturday despite injuries to the position, with rookie Charles Sims out three months with an ankle injury and second-year pro Mike James sidelined the last two weeks with a shoulder injury....

  6. Bucs teammates elated to land Pro Bowl guard Mankins

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    TAMPA -- Whatever disappointment there was in the Bucs' locker room after a largely irrelevant 24-10 loss to the Redskins in Thursday's preseason finale, it disappeared at the mere mention of new Bucs guard Logan Mankins, the six-time Pro Bowler acquired Tuesday from the Patriots.

    "A Logan Mankins, you can't even expect to get a guy like that," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. "When you get a guy like that, it's like a dream come true. An All-Pro who can help you get better in practice, and your overall team gets better, on and off the field."...

  7. Bucs make first 13 cuts, including DE English, Meredith

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    Defensive end Larry English, the former first-round pick who was challenging Da'Quan Bowers for a roster spot, is among 13 players who have been cut by the Bucs as the team trims its roster from 75 players to the final 53. Gone, too, is veteran offensive lineman Jamon Meredith, who started 20 games in the past two seasons but had fallen out of the starting lineup in preseason.

    English, who had two sacks last weekend against Buffalo, had a quiet game in Thursday's preseason finale against the Redskins, with one assisted tackle and an offsides penalty (which was declined) in 39 snaps. The Bucs still have Scott Solomon on roster as another challenger to Bowers, who has been sidelined the last three games of preseason....

  8. Askew, Lewis among 7 confirmed Bucs cuts

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    Undrafted rookies Nate Askew and Keith Lewis, who came up with end-zone interceptions in Thursday's preseason finale, were still among seven players confirmed as cuts as the Bucs trim their roster from 75 to 53 players by Saturday afternoon.

    Also confirmed Friday morning: cornerbacks Marc Anthony and Kip Edwards, fullback Lonnie Pryor, defensive end T.J. Fatinikun and linebacker Ka'Lial Glaud. We're working to confirm additional cuts this morning, and Lovie Smith will address the media at 2 p.m. today and may be in position to confirm the initial wave of cuts. The Bucs and all NFL teams have until 4 p.m. Saturday to cut their roster to 53 players....

  9. Notes: Rookies step up with end-zone INTs

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    TAMPA -- Given their last opportunity to make a case for the Bucs' regular-season roster, a pair of undrafted rookies came up with end-zone interceptions in Thursday's game against the Redskins.

    CB Keith Lewis -- from all-but-unknown Virginia-Lynchburg -- intercepted a Colt McCoy pass in coverage to end one Redskins drive, and with 18 seconds left in the first half, LB Nate Askew of Texas A&M came up with a deflected pass on second and goal to stop another threat....

  10. Bucs rookies Keith Lewis, Nate Askew shine against Redskins

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    TAMPA — Given their last opportunity to make a case for making the Bucs' regular-season roster, a pair of undrafted rookies came up with end-zone interceptions in Thursday's game against the Redskins.

    CB Keith Lewis, from Virginia-Lynchburg, intercepted a Colt McCoy pass in coverage to end one Redskins drive, and with 18 seconds left in the first half, LB Nate Askew, of Texas A&M, came up with a deflected pass on second and goal to stop another threat....

    Bucs linebacker Nate Askew, an undrafted rookie, intercepts a deflected pass in the end zone to stop a Redskins threat.
  11. Starters watch as Bucs fall 24-10 in preseason finale

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    TAMPA -- Nearly all the starters had the night off -- even backup Mike Glennon only played one series -- and the Bucs went through the motions in finishing the preseason with a 24-10 loss to the Redskins on Thursday night.

    With reserves -- many of which will be cut in the next 48 hours -- getting most of the snaps, the Bucs were outgained 445-137 with four minutes to play. There were flashes of positive play from three undrafted rookies -- receiver Solomon Patton had a 25-yard touchdown catch, and cornerback Keith Lewis and linebacker Nate Askew had interceptions in the end zone to spoil Redskins drives....

  12. Preseason finale: Bucs trail Redskins 24-10 late

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    Greetings from Raymond James Stadium, where the Bucs will close out the preseason tonight against the Redskins, with nearly all the Tampa Bay starters expected to have the night off.

    We'll have updates throughout the game here -- and more immediately on Twitter at @gregauman, @MBakerTBTimes and @NFLstroud -- so follow along while you watch Mike Glennon and a band of backups close out the preseason....

  13. What to watch for: Bucs' final position battles ...

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    The Bucs' final preseason game is tonight at Raymond James Stadium against the Redskins, and while most starters will get the night off entirely, the backups stepping in will help determine the last roster spots as the team trims its roster to 53 players.

    Don't underestimate the possibility of the Bucs scouring the waiver wire, finding the best players cut loose by other teams to address positions where depth is still a concern within the current roster....

    Connor Barth has done nothing in preseason to hurt his position, but Patrick Murray has turned coaches' heads.
  14. Bucs fight for final roster spots

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    TAMPA — For most of the Bucs starters, it's a night off.

    On the other end of the roster, however, tonight's preseason finale against the Redskins is the last chance. One more game to convince the Bucs you belong on the 53-man roster, which is why fullback Jorvorskie Lane will play with his left hand heavily wrapped after a "deep, deep bruise" last week, and why cornerback Anthony Gaitor is playing safety for the first time since high school....

    Larry English, right, the Chargers’ first-round draft pick in 2009 out of Northern Illinois, joined the Bucs halfway through preseason camp.
  15. For Bucs on bubble, preseason finale far from meaningless

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    TAMPA -- For most of the Bucs' starters, it's a night off.

    On the other end of the roster, however, tonight's preseason finale against the Redskins is the last chance. One more game to convince the Bucs you belong on the 53-man roster, which is why fullback Jorvorskie Lane will still play with his left hand heavily wrapped after a "deep, deep bruise" last week, and why cornerback Anthony Gaitor is playing safety for the first time since high school....