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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. 2015 NFL draft position analysis: Receivers/tight ends

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    Breaking it down: Receivers/Tight ends

    WHO THE BUCS HAVE

    Mike Evans, WR (6-5, 231): Last year's No. 7 overall pick (left) didn't disappoint as a rookie, with 12 touchdown catches and a team-high 1,051 receiving yards.

    Vincent Jackson, WR (6-5, 230): Veteran leader is a two-time Bucs man of the year. Saw touchdowns drop last year but topped 1,000 yards yet again....

    Alabama's Amari Cooper, who  leads the SEC in receptions per game  (11) and has 454 receiving yards in three games. [Getty Images]
  2. 2015 NFL draft position analysis: Running backs

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    Who the Bucs have

    Charles Sims, RB (6-0, 211): Missed eight games with injury and averaged only 2.8 yards per carry, but coaches want to see him healthy after full offseason in system.

    Doug Martin, RB (5-9, 223): Led the team with 494 rushing yards despite injury, showed promise with 108 yards in finale against Saints. Is starting job still his?

    Bobby Rainey, RB (5-8, 212): Disappeared at end of season despite 33 catches and 406 rushing yards. Might be limited to special teams if the team drafts a back....

    In this Nov. 15, 2014, file photo, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon (25) breaks away from Nebraska's Corey Cooper for a 62-yard touchdown run during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Madison, Wis. The experience, potential and skills of Georgia’s Todd Gurley and Wisconsin’s Gordon ought to entice a couple of teams to end the unprecedented two-year absence of running backs from the first round. The guys carrying the ball on the ground still matter in this increasingly aerial game.  (AP Photo/Morry Gash) NY155
  3. When Bucs blew it by drafting Bo Jackson

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    TAMPA — The Bucs were on the clock, picking No. 1 overall after a disappointing 2-14 season and looking hard at the confident, talented Heisman winner from Bessemer, Ala., who was also a gifted baseball prospect.

    It sounds like Jameis Winston, but regardless of how you think he'll pan out as the Bucs' likely pick Thursday, it certainly should end up better than 1986. That year, the Bucs had the top pick and used it on Auburn running back Bo Jackson, against his specific warning. He never signed and never played a down for the team, which would go another 11 seasons before it next made the playoffs in 1997....

    After spurning the Bucs, Bo Jackson played baseball for the Kansas City Royals starting in 1986. A year later Jackson wound up playing in the NFL, after the then-Los Angeles Raiders drafted him in the seventh round.
  4. Toss and talk: Lavonte David Q&A after Rays' first pitch

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    Bucs linebacker Lavonte David was a two-sport athlete Thursday, going across the bridge to throw a ceremonial first pitch before the Rays' home game against the Red Sox. David, wearing a white No. 54 Rays jersey, said he never played baseball as a kid and appreciated getting a few practice tosses earlier Thursday before he took the mound under the lights. Here's a video clip of his first pitch....

  5. Bucs to have Mike Alstott announce 2nd-round draft pick

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    The NFL has each team selecting a former player to announce their second-round draft picks next week in Chicago, and the Bucs will have former fullback Mike Alstott doing the honors when they make the No. 34 overall pick.

    Alstott, a fan favorite when he played for Tampa Bay from 1996-2006, follows in the footsteps of two former teammates from the Bucs' Super Bowl championship team -- linebacker Derrick Brooks got to announce the second-round pick last year, and defensive tackle Warren Sapp before him in 2013. Alstott, born in nearby Joliet, Ill., may feel close to home in announcing the 34th pick -- he went to the Bucs with the 35th overall pick in the 1996 draft....

  6. 2015 NFL draft position analysis: Defensive line

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    Who the Bucs have

    Gerald McCoy, DT (6-4, 300): Pro Bowl player and team's most vocal leader, had 8½ sacks last season despite being limited by hand and knee injuries.

    Clinton McDonald, DT (6-2, 297): Signed from Seattle before last season, led all Bucs defensive linemen with 45 tackles in 2014 and had five sacks.

    Jacquies Smith, DE (6-2, 260): Rare bright spot in 2014, signed off waivers and came up with 6½ sacks, finishing season as a starter....

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  7. Breaking it down for Bucs: quarterbacks

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    Who the Bucs have

    Mike Glennon (6-6, 232): He has 29 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions in his two-year career but could be dealt for a draft pick if Bucs don't value a strong backup behind a rookie.

    Seth Lobato (6-6, 223): Best scenario for the former Northern Colorado starter: Sticking in the fall as No. 3 on the practice squad as Mike Kafka did last year....

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  8. 2015 NFL draft position analysis: Linebackers

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    Who the Bucs have

    Lavonte David, WLB (6-1, 233): Perhaps the best 4-3 linebacker in the league, and he's now in line for a lucrative extension as a would-be 2016 free agent.

    Bruce Carter, MLB (6-2, 240): Free agent signee from Dallas takes over for Mason Foster. Led all NFL linebackers with five interceptions in 2014.

    Danny Lansanah, SLB (6-1, 255): Versatile linebacker had a breakout season in 2014, starting at all three linebacker spots and returning two INTs for touchdowns....

    Randy Gregory likely hurt his draft status with a positive marijuana test but almost certainly will stay in the first round.
  9. Bruce Carter expects to step into middle of things for Bucs

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    TAMPA — Middle linebacker is a crucial position in Lovie Smith's defense, calling defensive signals, covering plenty of ground in pass coverage and having a natural leadership role in the middle of the field.

    Bruce Carter is ready for that challenge.

    "It's got to be somebody who can lead on and off the field, somewhat of a captain," said Carter, speaking to local media Monday for the first time since he signed with the Bucs last month. "Guys have to look up to him, not only vocally but in your play, how you carry yourself. That's something I'm going to work on, and hopefully I can do a great job at it."...

    Bruce Carter, 27, led all NFL linebackers with five interceptions last season, and he started 32 games in his four seasons with the Cowboys. [Getty Images]
  10. Bruce Carter eager for new role as Bucs' middle linebacker

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    TAMPA -- Middle linebacker is a crucial position in Lovie Smith's defense, calling defensive signals, covering plenty of ground in pass coverage and having a natural leadership role in the middle of the field.

    Bruce Carter is ready for that challenge.

    "It's got to be somebody who can lead on and off the field, somewhat of a captain," said Carter, speaking to local media Monday for the first time since he signed with the Bucs last month. "Guys have to look up to him, not only vocally but in your play, how you carry yourself. That's something I'm going to work on, and hopefully I can do a great job at it."...

    Bruce Carter, 27, led all NFL linebackers with five interceptions last season, and he started 32 games in his four seasons with the Cowboys.
  11. Bucs' preseason schedule to start Aug. 15 at Vikings

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    The Bucs learned the dates and times of their four 2015 preseason games Friday, with their two games coming five days apart against the Bengals and Browns.

    Tampa Bay will open the preseason on Saturday, Aug. 15, playing at the Vikings at 8, then play host to the Bengals on Monday, Aug. 24 (8 p.m.), and the Browns on Saturday, Aug. 29 (7 p.m.), before finishing the preseason at the Dolphins on Sept. 3 (7 p.m.)....

  12. Winston would bring Bucs back to in-state draft picks

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    If the Bucs do indeed use the No. 1 overall pick in this month's NFL draft on FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, it will mark a return to using high draft picks on prospects from in-state schools after a long absence.

    The Bucs haven't drafted a player from a Florida school higher than the fifth round since 2001, when they took Gators tackle Kenyatta Walker in the first round. In 13 drafts since, they've taken 103 players, but just five from in-state schools, none higher than the fifth round. Compare that to the previous 13 drafts, when Florida, FSU and Miami were churning out top-tier NFL talent -- the Bucs had at least one in-state draft pick in 13 straight drafts, with 19 such players taken in all....

  13. Lightning power play is MIA

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    TAMPA — Coming into Thursday's playoff opener, the power play had been a surging strength for the Lightning — only one team in the NHL had scored more power-play goals in April than Tampa Bay did.

    But on a night in which both teams managed to score short-handed goals, the most frustrating aspect of the Lightning's 3-2 loss to Detroit in the playoff opener may have been Tampa Bay going 0-for-7 on power-play opportunities....

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) skates off after being defeated 3 to 2 against the Detroit Red Wings at the end of game one of the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (04/16/15).
  14. Alstott impressed by Jameis Winston at charity event

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    Former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston is still working to win over fans in the Tampa area as the NFL draft approaches, and he made an impression on former Bucs players at charity events this weekend for the Mike Alstott Family Foundation.

    "I think first and foremost, he's a great person. He has a big heart, very personable, was there interacting with the crowd and everybody that supported my event," said Alstott, the former Bucs fullback. "Everybody loved having him around. He was really, really first-class."...

    "I think first and foremost, he's a great person,'' Mike Alstott said of Jameis Winston. He has a big heart, very personable. ... Everybody loved having him around."
  15. Bucs wait on decision with offer to Lions free agent George Johnson

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    TAMPA — The Bucs' pursuit of free agent defensive end George Johnson hit a snag Monday when the Lions disputed Tampa Bay's offer sheet, delaying the timeline of Detroit deciding whether to match the offer.

    The Lions take issue with some aspect of the language of the offer, and a league arbitrator has 10 days to decide exactly which parts of the offer sheet must be matched by Detroit; once that is determined, the Lions would have two days to match....