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 2004-3.

Phone: (813) 226-3346

Email: auman@tampabay.com

Blog: Bucs Beat

Twitter: @GregAuman

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  1. Bucs could dig deep for rookie finds

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    The Bucs had just six picks in May's NFL draft, but this fall they could have several more rookies than those selections. That's especially true on defense, since Tampa Bay used all six draft picks on offense but worked hard after the draft to find talent passed over by the rest of the league.

    Of the 19 rookies entering camp, which begins Thursday, perhaps 10 could make a case to stick with the team for the final 53-man roster. Here are five undrafted rookies with openings that give them a shot to make the cut this fall:...

    Chaz Sutton, who played DE at South Carolina on the opposite end from No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, is trying to latch on.
  2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins rounds into form for Bucs camp

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    Bucs players report for preseason camp in just two weeks, and rookie TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins said his left foot is in good shape as he recovers from February surgery for a stress fracture.

    "I feel really good. My foot feels really good," Seferian-Jenkins said last week from Arizona, where he has been training. "I've been running routes, doing all the exercise and workout drills that they've asked me to do. I feel very comfortable and confident that I'll be ready to go when it comes to training camp."...

    Second-round draft pick TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (87) greets WR Robert Herron (14) during Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie mini-camp on Friday, May 16, 2014.
  3. Seferian-Jenkins says foot won't hold him back in camp

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    TAMPA -- Bucs players report for preseason camp in just two weeks, and rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins said his left foot is in good shape as he recovers from February surgery for a stress fracture.

    "I feel really good. My foot feels really good," Seferian-Jenkins said Wednesday from Arizona, where he's been training. "I've been running routes, doing all the exercise and workout drills that they've asked me to do. I feel very comfortable and confident that I'll be ready to go when it comes to training camp."...

    Austin Seferian-Jenkins said his left foot is in good shape as he recovers from February surgery for a stress fracture.
  4. Butch Davis to work for ESPN this fall

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    Former college and NFL coach Butch Davis, who spent the past two seasons as a special assistant to Greg Schiano on the Bucs' coaching staff, said Tuesday he will be working for ESPN this fall as a college football studio analyst.

    Davis, 62, said he will be on camera for 16 Saturdays in Bristol this fall, working for ESPN, ESPN2 and other platforms, from the morning pregame shows until kickoff of the network's prime-time game. He'll stay in Bristol to work eight Sunday mornings as well, wrapping up the weekend's college football and looking ahead to the NFL games as well....

    Butch Davis, left, spent the past two seasons as a special assistant to Greg Schiano, right, on the Bucs' coaching staff.
  5. Bucs favor speed over size on defense

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    TAMPA — The Bucs hope to make 2014 very different from 2013 in many ways, but one interesting change looks to be a smaller, faster front seven.

    Speed on defense is a trademark of coach Lovie Smith, and depth chart analysis by philly.com had the Bucs with the second-lightest front seven in the NFL — the lightest, if you correctly move tackle Clinton McDonald into the starting lineup....

    At 297 pounds, Bucs defensive tackle Clinton McDonald is much lighter than the 300-plus-pounders of other NFC South teams.
  6. Notes: Bucs among NFL's lightest up front on defense

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    TAMPA -- The Bucs hope to make 2014 very different from 2013 in many ways, but one interesting change looks to be a smaller, faster front seven on defense.

    Speed on defense is a Lovie Smith trademark, and depth-chart analysis by Philly.com had the Bucs with the second-lightest front seven in the NFL -- actually the lightest if you correctly move defensive tackle Clinton McDonald into the starting lineup....

  7. After Graham ruling, Seferian-Jenkins jokes he's 'WR'

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    After Wednesday's news that Saints star Jimmy Graham would get the franchise designation as a tight end and not a receiver, with his own identification on his Twitter bio factoring in an arbitrator's ruling, other NFL tight ends are careful how they're listing themselves online.

    Somewhere between savvy and silly, Browns tight end Jordan Cameron decided to call himself a "Pro Bowl pass catcher" -- nothing inaccurate there, of course -- and we pointed out that Bucs rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins and veterans Luke Stocker and Brandon Myers were still proudly calling themselves tight ends on their Twitter bios....

  8. Bucs' top pick Mike Evans readies for training camp

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    TAMPA — Mike Evans has just three weeks until the Bucs report for preseason training camp, even less until rookies are due back in town, and the first-round pick from Texas A&M is hard at work getting himself in shape for the season.

    "Physically, I'm not in tip-top shape. I'm getting back into my game shape," said Evans, who is training in Miami with a group of players that includes Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. "As far as injury-wise, I feel good. I've been running, and I feel 100 percent."...

    Receiver Mike Evans, who injured his hamstring in May, is working out with players in Miami.
  9. Bucs' Evans working to drop weight before season

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    TAMPA -- Mike Evans now has just three weeks until the Bucs report for preseason training camp, even less until rookies are due back in town, but the first-round pick from Texas A&M is hard at work at getting himself in shape for the 2014 season.

    "Physically, I'm not in tip-top shape. I'm getting back into my game shape," said Evans, who is training in Miami with a group of players that includes Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. "As far as injury-wise, I feel good. I've been running, and I feel 100 percent."...

  10. Fox Sports picks Bucs dead last in NFL countdown

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    Fox Sports -- which is scheduled to televise 13 of the Bucs' 16 games in 2014 -- has opened its countdown of all 32 NFL teams by introducing ... the Bucs in dead last at No. 32.

    Here's a seven-minute video of Fox analysts discussing the team's prospects -- it doesn't line up much with the preseason pick, with optimism about Lovie Smith bringing a new attitude to the team and praise for new additions Josh McCown, Michael Johnson and Alterraun Verner. There's little explanation for picking the Bucs to take a step backward, other than mentioning the uncertainty the offensive line has at guard....

  11. New-look Bucs face many decisions

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    TAMPA — The Bucs have been so active this offseason, exactly half of the 88 players on the roster -— 25 veterans and 19 rookies — have signed since the hiring of Lovie Smith as coach in January.

    With half of the locker room made up of newcomers, the competition for the final spots on the 53-man roster will be wide open in August, a sign of the improved depth at most positions from a year ago....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey (43) gets stopped by Buffalo Bills defensive back Nickell Robey (37) on a run during the third quarter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Buffalo Bills at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. The Bucs beat the Bills 27-6.
  12. Five position battles to watch in Bucs camp

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    TAMPA -- The Bucs have been so active this offseason that now exactly half the 88 players on roster -- 25 veterans and 19 rookies -- have signed with the team since the hiring of Lovie Smith in January. With half the locker room comprised by newcomers, the battles for the final spots on the 53-man roster will be wide-open in August, a sign of the improved depth at most positions from a year ago....

  13. Darrelle Revis moves on from 4-12 Bucs season

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA — Darrelle Revis can smile and laugh about it now.

    With a new future in New England, buoyed by a healthy offseason, the former Bucs cornerback looked back Thursday on his lone season in Tampa, appreciative of a team that embraced him and disappointed he couldn't have found success there.

    "Every coach has their own philosophy and coaching style. It could work; it could not work. It didn't, and we went 4-12," Revis said of his final season playing for former Bucs coach Greg Schiano. "The result is 4-12. That's what you get. It's already spoken what happened. A lot of us got fired."...

    “A lot of us got fired,” says former Bucs now Pats cornerback Darrelle Revis on the fallout of Tampa Bay’s 4-12 record in 2013.
  14. Revis moving on from Bucs, excited about Patriots

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Darrelle Revis can smile and laugh about it now.

    With a new future in New England, buoyed by a healthy offseason, the former Bucs cornerback looked back Thursday on his lone season in Tampa, appreciative of a team that embraced him and disappointed he couldn't have found success there.

    "Every coach has their own philosophy and coaching style. It could work, it could not work. It didn't and we went 4-12," Revis said of former coach Greg Schiano. "The result is 4-12. That's what you get. It's already spoken what happened. A lot of us got fired."...

  15. All in: Bucs sign rookie TE Seferian-Jenkins

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    The Bucs have their entire six-player 2014 draft class under contract, with second-round pick Austin Seferian-Jenkins officially announced as signing his rookie deal on Thursday.

    Seferian-Jenkins, a tight end from Washington, had agreed to terms on his contract last week, but wasn't in Tampa so he had to mail the signed contract to Tampa. Because Washington's school calendar operates on the quarters system, Seferian-Jenkins hasn't been allowed to practice with the Bucs except for a three-day rookie minicamp due to an NFL policy designed to keep players in school their final spring....