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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 join NFL in $400,000 donation to Orlando shooting victims

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    The Bucs are the latest Tampa-area team to join in supporting the victims of the Orlando mass shooting, as the NFL Foundation and the Bucs, Dolphins and Jaguars have combined for a $400,000 donation to the OneOrlando Fund to help victims' families and survivors.

    "The tragic and heartbreaking events that occurred in Orlando last week have had a profound effect on our entire country," said Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, co-president of the Glazer Family Foundation, in a statement. "We stand united with our neighbors in Orlando and pledge our support as they begin the process of healing as a community. Our deepest condolences go out to those who lost loved ones, and we all continue to keep them, as well as all those who were impacted, in our hearts and minds."...

  2. Jameis Winston keeping in shape with youth football camps

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    With the end of mandatory minicamp Thursday, Bucs players have six weeks off before training camp, a chance to get away from football and relax before the long grind of an NFL season.

     

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston is filling some of that break with youth football camps, like his first Jameis Winston Football Procamp, which drew about 300 kids between first and eighth grades to Sunlake High School in Land O'Lakes on Monday....

    Jameis Winston's Football Procamp drew about 300 kids between first and eighth grades to Sunlake High School in Land O'Lakes on Monday.
  3. Bucs' Kwon Alexander promoting nonviolence in brother's memory

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    Last fall, Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander forged such a close bond with his teammates, playing an emotional game at the center of Tampa Bay's win at Atlanta just two days after his 17-year-old brother, Broderick, was shot and killed back home in Alabama.

    Now, Alexander is using his platform as an NFL player to help remind kids in his hometown that violence doesn't have to be part of their lives -- please check out this great story from the Anniston Star, detailing Alexander's plans for a youth football camp with that message next weekend....

  4. Koetter: Bucs can still upgrade some spots during final cuts

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    Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has bluntly reiterated this month that in today's salary-cap world, NFL teams rarely have depth everywhere, so it's a concession that any team will have a few spots where they're more vulnerable to an injury exposing problems.

    So as the Bucs project their final 53-man roster from the current 90, they can see upside in undrafted rookies, but Koetter made it clear as a little extra motivation to his players as mandatory minicamp ended Thursday that the Bucs will be active again in searching for upgrades during final NFL cuts in early September....

  5. Expect Bucs' Vernon Hargreaves to get plenty of reps

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    TAMPA — Vernon Har­greaves spent a lot of time learning a new position this offseason, playing inside as a slot corner. Although he wasn't first on the rep chart, the Bucs' first-round draft pick this year most likely will be a starter on the depth chart by the time the regular season begins Sept. 11.

    "He's going to play," coach Dirk Koetter said Thursday as the team wrapped up its three-day mandatory minicamp. "The guy has made plays every single day. Vernon is the football player we thought (he was) when we drafted him. He's going to play. It will all fall in place. We're very confident Vernon can either play inside in the nickel or outside."...

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round draft pick cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (28) grabs ahold of wide receiver Bernard Reedy (15) during drills at an NFL football minicamp Tuesday, June 14, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) FLCO108
  6. Koetter on Bucs skirmish: 'That's football practice. Get over it.'

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    The final period of the Bucs' last practice of minicamp saw a minor skirmish between players, but Koetter said he has no problem with an occasional flareup at the end of a long, hot practice when players haven't had full contact.

    "You want emotion, right? Wouldn't you want to have an emotional team?" Koetter said. "I do. Look, if you guys just watched a two-hour practice and that's what you got out of it, then you're in the wrong spot. If that's your lead story, you're in the wrong spot. It's hot as hell out here, these guys are working their tail off. Emotions get heated and guess what? That's football practice. Get over it."...

    Dirk Koetter said practicing without full contact can let steam build up more in some players without the ability to tackle opponents, and he's fine with that.
  7. Video boards coming in with Raymond James renovations

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    The Bucs offered a sneak peek at the $100 million renovations ongoing at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, with the first pieces of huge new video boards being hoisted into place with their debut now just 71 days away.

    "The game-day experience is going to be unbelievable," said Bucs COO Brian Ford, wearing a white hard hat with the Bucs logo on it as construction continued around him Thursday. "You think about what fans have experienced. Raymond James Stadium, I feel, is the crown jewel of the NFL, but you go from having 2,400-foot scoreboards to 9,600. ... From one speaker for the whole stadium to having SurroundSound. We're going to be firing the cannons a lot this year and they're going to hear them."...

    The first pieces of the new Bucs video boards are being hoisted into place as renovations continue today at Raymond James Stadium.
  8. Small-school star Luke Rhodes aims for Bucs roster spot

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    TAMPA — From small-town kid to small-school prospect to undrafted rookie, linebacker Luke Rhodes understands well the underdog role he faces this summer, trying to earn a spot on the Bucs' final roster.

    "Being an underdog, it's motivation in its own," said Rhodes, who starred at Division I-AA William & Mary as a four-year starter but wasn't drafted, signing with Tampa Bay for a $2,500 signing bonus. "I'm self-motivated to begin with, so it wouldn't matter if I was drafted or where I came from."...

    Luke Rhodes, working as the second-string middle linebacker at Bucs minicamp, says he finds motivation in being an underdog.
  9. Bucs' Seferian-Jenkins apologizes for practice issue, fan insults

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    TAMPA — Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who was sent off early from practice last week then traded insults with fans online, apologized for both Tuesday, saying he needs to hold himself up to the high standard the Bucs wish to set on and off the practice field.

    "It's a learning process. I'm ready today and excited to get back to work and get this behind me … I won't let it happen again," Seferian-Jenkins told media members after a morning walkthrough on the opening day of three-day mandatory minicamp....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (87) hauls in a five yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jameis Winston (3) in the second quarter of the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tennessee Titans at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Sunday afternoon (09/13/15).
  10. Bucs' Seferian-Jenkins apologizes for practice issue, fan insults

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    TAMPA — Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who was sent off early from practice last week and then traded insults with fans online, apologized for both Tuesday, saying he needs to hold himself up to the high standard set for the Bucs on and off the practice field.

    "It's a learning process. I'm ready today and excited to get back to work and get this behind me …I won't let it happen again," Seferian-Jenkins said, speaking to reporters after a morning walkthrough on the opening day of three-day mandatory minicamp....

  11. Bucs announce practices open to the public

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    TAMPA — The Bucs announced Tuesday that their first practice of training camp will be July 28, with 11 morning practices open to the general public at One Buc Place.

    The Bucs, who opened a three-day mandatory minicamp for players Tuesday, announced the dates and news that practice and parking will be free to fans.

    All 11 sessions open to the public are in the morning — the first 10 run from 8:45 to 10:50 a.m., with the final open practice a joint session with the Browns from 9:45-11:50 on Aug. 24 in advance of their preseason game on Aug. 26 at Raymond James Stadium....

  12. Bucs' Austin Seferian-Jenkins apologizes: 'I won't let it happen again'

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    Bucs tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who was sent off early from practice last week and then traded insults with fans online, apologized for both Tuesday, saying he needs to hold himself up to a high standard set for the Bucs on and off the practice field.

    "It's a learning process. I'm ready today and excited to get back to work and get this behind me ... I won't let it happen again," Seferian-Jenkins said, speaking to reporters after a morning walkthrough on the opening day of the team's three-day mandatory minicamp....

    Austin Seferian-Jenkins said he needs to hold himself up to a high standard set for the Bucs on and off the practice field.
  13. Bucs to open training camp July 28, with 11 open practices

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    The Bucs announced Tuesday morning that their first practice of training camp will be July 28, with 11 morning practices entirely open to the general public at One Buc Place.

    The Bucs, who opened a three-day mandatory minicamp for players Tuesday, announced the dates and news that practice and parking will be free to fans. All 11 sessions open to the public are in the morning -- the first 10 run from 8:45 to 10:50 a.m., with the final open practice a joint session with the Cleveland Browns in advance of their preseason game on Aug. 26 at Raymond James Stadium....

    Players huddle during the first day of Buccaneers rookie minicamp at One Buc Place on May 6.
  14. Most expensive Bucs ticket in 2016? So far, it's Bears over Broncos

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    The Bucs' first home game is still more than three months off, and single-game tickets likely won't go on sale for another month, but if the secondary market is any indication, the Bears are the most expensive ticket among Tampa Bay's eight home games in 2016.

    The least expensive tickets for the Nov. 13 Bucs-Bears game at Raymond James Stadium are about $20 more than any other game's cheapest seats on three major ticket resale sites. It's impressive, considering the Bears played in Tampa just last year, while other visiting teams have been away for close to a decade....

  15. Bucs hopeful A.J. Francis has active life outside football

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    TAMPA — A.J. Francis, like so many 26-year-olds in the modern workplace, is trying to lock down a steady job this summer.

    He was a bouncer in college. He has done internships in journalism and politics, spent time as an Uber driver last year, went back to school to get his Master's degree this spring and has built a strong following online with a weekly podcast on professional wrestling....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle A.J. Francis participates in drills during a practice at One Buc Place onJune 2.