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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 corner Javien Elliott takes road less traveled to NFL

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Lay it out for Javien Elliott and he can't help but smile.

    Sixteen months ago he had never played a down of college football, but the former Florida State walk-on not only signed with the Bucs in the spring, not only earned a spot on the practice squad in the fall, not only was promoted to the roster two weeks ago, but he is now playing a significant role on a team making a push for the NFL playoffs....

    Cornerback Javien Elliott, left, was on FSU’s roster for all of one season before signing with the Bucs as an undrafted free agent.
  2. Twice in 14 days? Bucs-Saints an NFL rarity

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    The NFL schedule is complicated enough that in a given year, there are rare occurrences like this year's three-game homestand for the Bucs, or rarer still, Tampa Bay and the Saints playing twice in a span of three weekends.

    The Bucs and Saints meet Sunday in Tampa, and then again in New Orleans in Week 16 -- less than two weeks off because teams play on a Saturday, Dec. 24 to avoid a Christmas kickoff -- and that happens just one other time in the entire NFL this year. The Broncos and Chargers played in Weeks 6 and 8, with only one other instance of teams even playing three weeks apart, as the Lions and Vikings in Weeks 9 and 12....

    The Bucs and Saints meet Sunday in Tampa, and then again in New Orleans in Week 16.
  3. Bucs WR Adam Humphries (concussion) back at practice

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    Bucs receiver Adam Humphries remains in concussion protocol, but took a step toward playing again when he returned to practice Thursday afternoon.

    Humphries took a hit on a third-down play in the second quarter of Sunday's win at San Diego and did not return. The Bucs have already placed receiver Cecil Shorts, who suffered a major knee injury in Sunday's win, on injured reserve, promoting Josh Huff from the practice squad to replace him....

    Adam Humphries remains in concussion protocol but returned to practice Thursday afternoon.
  4. Go for two? Bucs have been among NFL's busiest at it

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    For most NFL teams, going for a two-point conversion is an odd quirk, mandated by the scoreboard late in a game and causing stress even for coaches who have had success with the occasional attempt, like the Bucs' Dirk Koetter.

    "The two-point thing, it's an interesting little strategy side-light of the whole NFL," Koetter said Wednesday. "It doesn't come up in every game, and when it does, it can definitely throw the game into disarray."...

    Mike Evans (13) catches a two-point conversion pass during the second half of the Bucs' win over the Chargers.
  5. Bucs could lighten Doug Martin's workload this weekend

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Whether Doug Martin watched most of the final 20 minutes of Sunday's win at San Diego on the bench because of injury or ineffectiveness, the Bucs could be shaking up their duties at running back this week.

    Martin gained just 22 yards on his final 13 carries Sunday, and he played one snap in the fourth quarter after he said he was "bent back" and limped off the field. Martin wasn't listed on the Bucs' injury report Wednesday, however, and offensive coordinator Todd Monken suggested there might be more work for backup Jacquizz Rodgers....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) stiff-arms San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Denzel Perryman (52) on a run play during the second half of a football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.
  6. Drew Brees on New Orleans shootings: 'It's a tragedy'

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    The shooting deaths of two former NFL players in New Orleans this year have brought headlines about gun violence in his city, and Saints quarterback Drew Brees, coming to face the Bucs in Tampa on Sunday, said Wednesday that the issue remains a difficult one on a personal level.

    "It's a tragedy, an absolute tragedy," Brees said on a conference call with Tampa reporters. "You hate to see that, and these are two high-profile cases, but this kind of stuff happens every day in a lot of places. It's not just New Orleans. The crime rate in New Orleans is down quite a bit over the last four years. Obviously when something like this happens ... it's really tragic."...

  7. Doug Martin, Will Gholston back at Bucs practice

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    The Bucs' return to the practice fields Wednesday afternoon brought good news on the injury front, as RB Doug Martin and DE Will Gholston, who had injury questions after Sunday's win at San Diego, were both participating in practice.

    Martin, who said he was "bent back" in the third quarter and played only one snap in the final 20 minutes, didn't appear to have any limitations. Gholston, who had six tackles in the Bucs' win, was on crutches in the locker room with his left foot in a boot, but was practicing and looked fine Wednesday....

    Doug Martin, who played only one snap in the final 20 minutes of the win over the Chargers, didn't appear to have any limitations.
  8. Four in a row: Vincent Jackson again Bucs' Man of the Year

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    A knee injury ended his season two months ago, but for the fourth year in a row, receiver Vincent Jackson has been honored as the Bucs' Man of the Year and their nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

    Jackson, 33, continues to lead the team's community outreach efforts with his Jackson in Action 83 Foundation, which works with military personnel and their families. He has won the Bucs' honor four years in a row -- the last player to even have three was John Lynch from 2001-03....

    Vincent Jackson continues to lead the team's community outreach efforts with his Jackson in Action 83 Foundation, which works with military personnel and their families.
  9. Banged-up Bucs promote receiver Josh Huff from practice squad

    Sports

    TAMPA — Four weeks after signing him to their practice squad, the Bucs promoted former Eagles wide receiver Josh Huff to their 53-man roster Tuesday, replacing veteran Cecil Shorts, who is headed to injured reserve after a significant knee injury in Sunday's win at San Diego.

    Huff, 25, could help the Bucs on offense and on special teams, where he could be an upgrade on kickoff returns. Huff was cut by the Eagles after an arrest on gun and marijuana charges but now gets a second chance with Tampa Bay, which finished Sunday's game with only three healthy receivers....

    Josh Huff is getting another chance after he was cut by the Eagles in the wake of his arrest on gun and drug charges.
  10. Bucs promote WR Josh Huff to replace injured Shorts

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    Four weeks after signing him to their practice squad, the Bucs have promoted former Eagles receiver Josh Huff to their 53-man roster, replacing veteran Cecil Shorts, who is headed to injured reserve following a significant knee injury in Sunday's win at San Diego.

    Huff, 25, could help the Bucs on offense and on special teams, where he could be an upgrade on kickoff returns. Huff was cut by the Eagles after an arrest on gun and marijuana charges, but now gets a second chance with Tampa Bay, which finished Sunday's game with only three healthy receivers....

    Josh Huff could help the Bucs on offense and on special teams, where he could be an upgrade on kickoff returns.
  11. Shorts, Humphries injuries leave Bucs dangerously thin at receiver

    Bucs

    TAMPA — With Cecil Shorts done for the year with a major knee injury and Adam Humphries in concussion protocol, the Bucs are again scrambling to replenish an already depleted group of receivers as they go for their fifth straight win Sunday at home against the Saints.

    "We're concerned. We finished the game with three wide receivers," coach Dirk Koetter said of Sunday's 28-21 win at San Diego. "I think we'll be okay."...

    Bucs wide receiver Cecil Shorts is carted off the field after sustaining a season-ending knee injury Sunday against the Chargers.
  12. Bucs players lagging in early Pro Bowl fan voting

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    Bucs stars like receiver Mike Evans and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy are probably headed to this year's Pro Bowl in Orlando, but the team has only a modest presence in the early fan voting for the game.

    The NFL released the initial top five in voting at each of 19 different positions, and of those 93 players, only one -- Kwon Alexander, fourth among inside linebackers -- came from the Bucs. Evans, among the NFL leaders in touchdown catches, receptions and yards, wasn't among the top five at receiver, and McCoy, leading NFL defensive tackles with seven sacks, wasn't among the top five there. Alexander has 93,843 votes at the current count, less than half of the position leader, Carolina's Luke Kuechly....

    Mike Evans, among the NFL leaders in touchdown catches, receptions and yards, wasn't among the top five at receiver.
  13. Bucs' Shorts done for year, says hit on knee 'wasn't dirty'

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    Bucs receiver Cecil Shorts, who suffered a major and season-ending injury to his right knee in Sunday's win at San Diego, posted a video Monday, thanking fans for their support and making it clear the hit he was injured on "definitely wasn't dirty."

    Shorts hurt his knee on the Bucs' third play Sunday and tore all three major ligaments in his knee while dislocating it, a longterm injury for the 28-year-old, in his first year with the Bucs....

    Cecil Shorts hurt his knee on the Bucs' third play Sunday and tore all three major ligaments in his knee while dislocating it.
  14. Career day: Freddie Martino steps up amid injuries in Bucs' win

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    With injuries hitting the Bucs hard at receiver, Freddie Martino came up with his first NFL catch four weeks ago, then his first touchdown in a rout of the Bears.

    But he had only those two career catches entering Sunday's game, when two more Bucs receivers went down with injuries, first Cecil Shorts with a significant knee injury, then Adam Humphries to a concussion. Martino stepped up in a big way, finishing with four catches for 56 yards -- leading all Bucs receivers -- to help Tampa Bay to a 28-21 win at the Chargers and help its playoff chances....

    Freddie Martino led all Bucs receivers against the Chargers, finishing with four catches for 56 yards.
  15. Bucs journal: Tandy predicted Chargers route before end-zone interception

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    SAN DIEGO — Seconds before he made a leaping interception in the end zone to clinch the Bucs' 28-21 win Sunday, S Keith Tandy told teammate Vernon Hargreaves exactly what play was coming based on the alignment he saw from the Chargers' offense.

    "I told Hargreaves, 'Watch this route,' and they ran the exact route," said Tandy, who picked off QB Philip Rivers with 2:50 left after the Chargers had driven to the Bucs 31-yard line....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Keith Tandy (37) intercepts a San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) pass in the end zone, intended for wide receiver Dontrelle Inman (15), during the second half. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]