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 fire player mentor after DUI charge

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    TAMPA — Bucs director of player development Isaiah Harris was fired Thursday, hours after he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.

    "Every member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is held to a high standard," general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. "This type of incident, particularly for someone whose primary responsibilities are to mentor and develop our players off the field, cannot be tolerated. Due to the nature of his position and the expectations placed on our staff, we made the organizational decision to part ways with Isaiah."...

  2. Bucs part ways with assistant after DUI arrest

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    Just hours after news of his arrest on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, the Bucs announced Thursday that they have parted ways with Isaiah Harris, the team's director of player development.

    "Every member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is held to a high standard," Bucs general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. "This type of incident, particularly for someone whose primary responsibilities are to mentor and develop our players off the field, cannot be tolerated. Due to the nature of his position and the expectations placed on our staff, we made the organizational decision to part ways with Isaiah."...

  3. Bucs assistant arrested on DUI charge

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    Isaiah Harris, who followed Lovie Smith from Chicago to Tampa this year as the Bucs' director of player development, was arrested early Thursday morning on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, accused of rear-ending a car in a Taco Bell drive-thru.

    Harris, 35, refused to have his blood-alcohol content tested after being stopped by the Tampa Police Department at 2:06 a.m. Thursday in north Tampa. He was booked at 4:35 a.m. and released at 11:06 a.m. on a $500 bond....

  4. Bucs' Jorvorskie Lane violates substance policy, suspended 2 games

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    TAMPA — Bucs FB Jorvorskie Lane was suspended for two games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the team announced Wednesday.

    Lane, the team's only fullback, had a 54-yard run in the season opener but has been used sparingly this season. In Sunday's lopsided loss to the Ravens, he played five offensive snaps.

    In a statement released through his agent, David Canter, Lane said his positive test was a result of an "over-the-counter medication to help my weight-loss efforts and, without my knowledge, it contained a banned substance. … ...

    Jorvorskie Lane, breaking free for a 54-yard run in the season opener against the Panthers, says he unknowingly took a banned substance that was in an over-the-counter medication.
  5. Bucs still confident in Johnson at nickel

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    For the first time this season, Bucs nickel defensive back Leonard Johnson went to the bench Sunday after the Ravens threw five touchdown passes in the first 17 minutes, but coaches said Wednesday they remain confident in him helping the defense bounce back.

    "I'm pleased with how Leonard's done," assistant coach Larry Marmie said Wednesday. "He's growing in the position, which we knew. It's a new system for him, from what he had played in the past. Leonard's doing fine. He's a good effort guy. I think he's progressing well for us."...

  6. Bucs fullback Jorvorskie Lane suspended for two games

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    Bucs fullback Jorvorskie Lane has been suspended for two games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the team announced Wednesday.

    Lane, the team's only fullback, had a 54-yard run in the season opener but has been used sparingly this season; in Sunday's lopsided loss to the Ravens, he played only five offensive snaps. The team this week signed former Florida State fullback/running back Lonnie Pryor to the practice squad, and he could be promoted to the 53-man roster next week if the team determines it should carry a fullback....

    Jorvorskie Lane carries the ball for a 54-yard run during the Sept. 7 Bucs game against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James.
  7. Bucs fill-in offensive coordinator seeks faster starts

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    TAMPA — After being outscored 38-0 at the start of Sunday's loss to the Ravens and outgained 283-20 early on, Bucs quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo said he's still looking for answers for the offense's struggles in the first half of games this season.

    "I don't think anyone has a real definitive answer," Arroyo said Tuesday of an offense that's scoring an NFL-low 4.5 points in first halves for the 1-5 Bucs. "I think in the beginning we just had some dropped balls and missed execution. We've got to figure out what it is. … I don't know if there's any real true exact science to that yet. I don't know the exact answer yet, and we need to find a way to do better."...

    Quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, right, who is calling plays for the Bucs, has seen the offense falter badly in first halves.
  8. Gerald McCoy takes blame for Bucs' poor defense

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    TAMPA — Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, reflecting on his team's 1-5 start and his defense giving up a league-high 34 points per game, said Tuesday that he hasn't played up to the level he needs to, so criticism of the team should start with him.

    "Everybody has to self-evaluate, starting with myself. 2013 is over. Gerald McCoy is not an All-Pro," he said. "That was in 2013. Sunday, he didn't play like an All-Pro. … Sunday, I was kind of disappointed in myself. It's unacceptable. The way we lost, I put it all on me, because my performance was not up to par. Right now, you're only as good as your last performance. Right now, Gerald McCoy is very average."...

    Gerald McCoy says criticism of the Bucs should start with him. [Getty Images]
  9. Arroyo: Nobody has 'definitive answer' for offensive woes

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    After being outscored 38-0 at the start of Sunday's loss to the Ravens and outgained 283-20 early on, Bucs quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo said he's still looking for answers for why the offense has struggled so much in the first half of games this season.

    "I don't think anyone has a real definitive answer," Arroyo said Tuesday, asked about an offense that's scoring an NFL-low 4.5 points in the first half of games in the Bucs' 1-5 start. "I think in the beginning we just had some dropped balls and missed execution. We've got to figure out what it is ... I don't know if there's any real true exact science to that yet. I don't know the exact answer yet, and we need to find a way to do better."...

  10. Bucs sign former Bears corner Isaiah Frey

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    Looking for help in the secondary, the Bucs on Tuesday signed former Bears cornerback Isaiah Frey, who spent a year with Lovie Smith in Chicago and had 47 tackles with six starts for the Bears last season.

    Frey, 24, was a sixth-round draft pick out of Nevada in 2012 but was among the Bears' final cuts, spending the entire 2012 season on the practice squad. He played extensively last season, and had 12 tackles in three games this year before he was waived last week. Frey had worked as a nickel defensive back with the Bears, so he could potentially compete for playing time there as well as at corner....

  11. McCown: Still no football activities with injured hand

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    Mike Glennon's six touchdowns in the last three games have lessened some of the urgency for Josh McCown to make a healthy return, but the veteran quarterback said Tuesday that he has yet to be able to do any football activities with the injured thumb on his throwing hand.

    "It's getting there. We'll see. As we've said all along, we're taking it day by day, week by week," McCown said, nearly four weeks after he tore a ligament in his thumb in the Bucs' loss at Atlanta. "It feels like we're making progress. (Football activities?) Not quite yet. We're hoping that's coming soon. We'll see."...

  12. 'Unacceptable:' McCoy says criticism starts with himself

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    Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, reflecting on his team's 1-5 start and his defense giving up a league-high 34 points per game, said Tuesday that he hasn't played up to the level he needs to, so criticism of the team should start with him.

    "Everybody has to self-evaluate, starting with myself. 2013 is over. Gerald McCoy is not an All-Pro," he said. "That was in 2013. Sunday, he didn't play like an All-Pro. ... Sunday, I was kind of disappointed in myself. It's unacceptable. The way we lost, I put it all on me, because my performance was not up to par. Right now, you're only as good as your last performance. Right now, Gerald McCoy is very average." ...

    Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said Tuesday that he hasn't played up to the level he needs to, so criticism of the team should start with him.
  13. With bye week, several Bucs players held out of practice

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    With no game this weekend on the Bucs' bye week, the priority Tuesday was resting any lingering injuries, with eight players held out of the team's first practice since Sunday's 48-17 loss to the Ravens.

    Eight players attended but weren't in helmets and watched: DT Gerald McCoy, S Dashon Goldson, DB Keith Tandy, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, WR Vincent Jackson, QB Josh McCown, G Logan Mankins and T Anthony Collins. LB Danny Lansanah wasn't at practice, but was away from the team due to the birth of his first child on Monday....

  14. In 64 plays, Bucs fail to even hit Ravens' Joe Flacco

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    Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had five touchdowns in the first 17 minutes of Sunday's rout, and as amazing a day as his day was, his offensive line may have been better, pitching a shutout against the Bucs defense.

    In 64 offensive plays, the Bucs not only had zero sacks, but not even one quarterback hit against Flacco, despite two rookies starting on the Baltimore line.

    "I think the offensive line did a great job to get some plays off," said running back Justin Forsett, who had his first 100-yard rushing game in five years. "Joe connected with a pass early, and then the next play we were able to crease them with the outside-zone. All the guys up front just stepped up early."...

    Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco drops back to pass in the third quarter. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  15. Ravens exploit shorthanded Bucs secondary

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    Cornerback was a position where the Bucs had as little depth as anywhere, so facing the Ravens on Sunday without starter Johnthan Banks due to a neck injury was a major obstacle to overcome.

    The only other corners besides starter Alterraun Verner were signed off the street after the initial rosters were set, with rookie Brandon Dixon claimed off waivers from the Jets and veteran Crezdon Butler signed after Mike Jenkins was lost to a season-ending injury in the season opener....

    Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken (11) catches a 17-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Flacco while being covered by Bucs  strong safety Mark Barron, left, and cornerback Major Wright  in the first quarter. [DIRK SHADD | Times]