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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. Bucs sign free agent cornerback Tim Jennings

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    Bucs add a familiar face in former Bears cornerback Jennings

    MIAMI — So much for nothing significant happening in the final quarter of the preseason.

    Midway through the fourth quarter Thursday night against the Dolphins, general manager Jason Licht announced that the Bucs added a key piece to their secondary, agreeing to terms with two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Tim Jennings....

    CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 23:  Cornerback Tim Jennings #26 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after recovering a fumble against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third quarter at Soldier Field on November 23, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
  2. Bucs agreed to terms with CB Tim Jennings

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    MIAMI -- So much for nothing significant happening in the final quarter of the preseason.

    Midway through the fourth quarter Thursday night, Bucs general manager Jason Licht announced that the Bucs have added a key piece to their secondary, agreeing to terms with two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Tim Jennings....

  3. Brindza makes case to win Bucs kicker job

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    MIAMI — With roster cuts looming and their futures uncertain, four Bucs players — K Kyle Brindza, WR Adam Humphries, S Keith Tandy and LB Khaseem Greene — made emphatic cases Thursday to make the 53-man roster.

    "Last preseason game, you want to see a few players step up and make a case that they belong on the football team," coach Lovie Smith said....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Kyle Brinza (2) is congratulated by punter Jacob Schum (5) after Brinza scored with a 73 yard kick during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) SLS104
  4. Brindza, Humphries make their case to stick around

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    MIAMI -- On a night that had jobs on the line, a pair of undrafted rookies made strong cases on Thursday night to stick around with the Bucs, with kicker Kyle Brindza and receiver Adam Humphries shining in the first half.

    Brindza, acquired this week from Detroit for TE Tim Wright, was given a chance to take the kicking job away from veterans Patrick Murray and Connor Barth, and did so emphatically. The former Notre Dame kicker connected on field goals of 57 and 55 yards, and consistently put his kickoffs into the back half of the end zone, perhaps securing another job....

  5. Bucs at Dolphins: Five players to watch

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    The Bucs will cut their roster from 75 players to the final 53 this weekend, so tonight's preseason finale against the Dolphins is the last chance for players on the bubble to play their way on — or off — the opening roster. Here are five who need a strong game to help their standing.

    Da'Quan Bowers, DT

    Could this be Bowers' final game with the Bucs? A 2011 second-round draft pick, Bowers (above right) was moved inside from end and signed only after an injury to Akeem Spence, and he has one tackle in 44 preseason snaps. With veteran Tony McDaniel signed during camp and Will Gholston playing well inside as a converted end, Bowers needs a strong finish to make the cut....

    Undrafted Adam Humphries of Clemson is one of five rookie WRs likely battling for two roster spots. [Matt May/Tampa Bay Buccaneers]
  6. Bucs roster fight boils down to game against Dolphins

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    Bucs coach Lovie Smith insists the final decisions about his roster haven't been made, that a few players on the outside looking in can earn a job with strong play in tonight's preseason finale against the Dolphins. • "It does happen," Smith said this week, preparing to cut his roster from 75 players to the final 53 by Saturday afternoon. "Guys get an opportunity, and they know it. Sometimes when you come down to that final strike, you hit a home run. We are looking for that." • The easiest way to make the final cut is to take the preseason finale off. In the past two years, 90 percent of the Bucs players not dressing for it have made the cut, the exceptions being mainly injured players. • For the rest, there is uncertainty about the future, overshadowed for a few hours by the excitement of having a larger platform on which to prove themselves. • "This is what I've been waiting for, to get in a game, get warmed up all the way and show what I've got," said undrafted rookie defensive tackle Caushaud "Cash" Lyons, who had a sack on the last play of the Bucs' preseason game against the Bengals on Aug. 24....

     Adam Humphries makes a leaping completion over Leonard Johnson during Bucs training camp at One Buc Place in Tampa Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015.
  7. Amid contract talks, free agent cornerback Tim Jennings visits Bucs

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    TAMPA — Two-time Pro Bowl CB Tim Jennings visited the Bucs on Tuesday and could be reunited with coach Lovie Smith and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

    Jennings watched practice with Smith as the Bucs tried to reach a contract agreement with his agent. There was no announcement Tuesday night.

    Jennings, 31, was released Sunday by the Bears, where he had played under Smith. He was a second-round pick of the Colts in 2006, playing for Frazier who was the team's defensive backs/assistant head coach. Jennings enjoyed his first four seasons with the Colts but blossomed with the Bears, recording 16 of his 20 career interceptions in five seasons....

    Tim Jennings led the NFL in interceptions in 2012, picking off nine for the Bears; here he returns a fumble against the Bucs.
  8. Lovie pumps brakes on Bell making quick return

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    Bucs coach Lovie Smith is very careful about hamstring injuries, as seen by safety Chris Conte sitting out three weeks of August practices and Mike Evans being held out of the final two preseason games.

    It's no different with rookie WR Kenny Bell, who had expressed optimism before Tuesday's practice about testing his hamstring, recognizing that as a player on the bubble, he needs to play in Thursday's preseason finale in Miami. Not so fast, his coach said, after Bell was limited in the opening portion of practice open to the media....

  9. Bucs rookie Kenny Bell ready to test hamstring

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    Bucs rookie receiver Kenny Bell, caught in a deep battle for jobs at his position, said he'll test his injured hamstring at Tuesday's practice, knowing he might need a strong showing in Thursday's preseason finale to stick on the team's final roster.

    "My body's feeling pretty good. A little sore, but I'm going to head out and try to practice today and see how it goes," said Bell, the team's fifth-round draft pick out of Nebraska. "Obviously I want to be careful and smart about my body, but then again, I'm a rookie and I need to play this Thursday."...

    Bucs rookie wide receiver Kenny Bell (with ball) knows he might need a strong showing in Thursday's preseason finale to stick on the team's final roster.
  10. Bucs cut DB Johnson, WR Herron, C Allen

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    To get to the NFL's roster cutdown limit of 75 players, the Bucs on Tuesday waived three injured players -- nickel Leonard Johnson, receiver Robert Herron and center Josh Allen -- and placed injured defensive tackle Akeem Spence on the reserve-physically unable to perform list.

    Spence, who had back surgery in July and is targeting an October return, cannot practice or play until after the sixth week of the regular season, when he can return from the PUP list....

    Leonard Johnson (29) had been the Bucs' primary nickel defensive back last year, but was on the roster bubble behind starter Sterling Moore before he injured his left foot.
  11. Bucs release veteran punter Michael Koenen

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    The Bucs have released veteran punter Michael Koenen, continuing what has been a busy week of changes to the team's kicking specialists.

    Koenen was due to make $3.25-million this season as one of  the NFL's highest-paid punters, but ranked 32nd in the NFL in average punting and 29th in net average last season. The Bucs could still add another punter waived by another team this week, but for now, the job belongs to Jake Schum, who was signed last week and averaged 51.3 yards on four punts in Saturday's game. His preseason average is the second-highest in the NFL....

    Michael Koenen was due to make $3.25-million this season as one of  the NFL's highest-paid punters, but ranked 32nd in the NFL in average punting and 29th in net average last season.
  12. Bucs trade Tim Wright for rookie kicker Kyle Brindza

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    TAMPA — Add yet another intriguing new name to the Bucs' search for a starting kicker.

    The Bucs acquired rookie K Kyle Brindza from the Lions on Monday, sending Detroit TE Tim Wright, who was likely facing a cut as the Bucs trim their roster.

    Brindza, 22, wasn't drafted out of Notre Dame but has been impressive in preseason for Detroit. He is 3-for-3 on field goals, connecting from 41, 49 and 51 yards; and 2-for-2 on extra points, and averaged 49.3 yards on four punts (three downed inside the 20). Seven of his eight kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks....

    On Monday the Bucs acquired Kyle Brindza, who kicked for Notre Dame the past three years and punted for the Fighting Irish as well.
  13. Bucs LB Josh Keyes eager for last shot Thursday

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    As one of eight undrafted rookies left on roster as the Bucs continue to make cuts, linebacker Josh Keyes is hopeful that a strong showing in Thursday's final preseason game at Miami can help his chances of beating the odds.

    "I think Thursday's game is very important. It's my last chance to make my mark, to go out and show what I can do," said Keyes, a Boston College graduate whose last name rhymes with "size." "I'm just going to try to make as many plays as I can and we'll see what happens from there. It's really exciting."...

    Josh Keyes, right, grabs onto linebacker Jason Williams during training camp earlier this month at One Buc Place.
  14. Lane hopeful there's still a place for fullback

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    Jorvorskie Lane is the only fullback remaining on the Bucs roster, but he understands in today's NFL that's not the same thing as being assured of a roster spot when final cuts are made.

    "I don't take anything for granted," said Lane, limited by injuries and suspension to nine games with the Bucs last season. "I look at it as my job is always up. Everybody is kind of wishy-washing away from the fullback. I treat every day like it could be me."...

    Jorvorskie Lane was limited by injuries and suspension to nine games with the Bucs last season.
  15. Bucs trade TE Tim Wright to Lions for rookie kicker Kyle Brindza

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    The Bucs had added another name to their kicking competition, acquiring rookie kicker Kyle Brindza from the Lions in exchange for tight end Tim Wright.

    Brindza, 22, wasn't drafted out of Notre Dame but has been impressive in preseason for Detroit. He's 3-for-3 on field goals, connecting from 41, 49 and 51 yards; he's 2-for-2 on extra points, he's averaged 49.3 yards on four punts (three downed inside the 20), and seven of his eight kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks. He'll now join a close competition between last year's kicker, Pat Murray, and former Bucs kicker Connor Barth, who was signed last week to challenge Murray....

    Tight end Tim Wright during minicamp at One Buc Place in June.