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 2004-3.

Phone: (813) 226-3346

Email: auman@tampabay.com

Blog: Bucs Beat

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  1. Derrick Brooks wears Tampa Bay Storm role with ease

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    TAMPA

    The belt clip on Derrick Brooks' right hip is shiny and silver, emblazoned with the logo of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But hanging from that clip on a weekday summer morning, faded and well-worn, is the security badge that identifies the former Bucs linebacker as an employee of the Tampa Bay Storm. Brooks is the team president, which for an NFL star could be a figurehead position — smile and wave for the fans, please. But the opposite is true, and the man known for making plays all over the NFL field now goes sideline to sideline in his new job....

    Derrick Brooks is the team president of the Tampa Bay Storm. [Times files (2011)]
  2. Bucs remember Derrick Brooks' skill, instincts on way to Hall

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    TAMPA — In the final two minutes, in the final 10 yards, Derrick Brooks looked up into the cheering crowd and held his hand high in pure celebration.

    It is the iconic, lasting image of the Bucs' Super Bowl victory in 2003, and the signature moment of a Hall of Fame career.

    The historic win already well secured, Brooks had lurked in the middle of the field, read the eyes of Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon, picked off a pass and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown, an exclamation point in a dominating win....

    Fans in a recent ESPN poll named Derrick Brooks' interception return for a touchdown in the Super Bowl victory over the Raiders as the most memorable play in Bucs history. [Getty Images]
  3. Bucs: Murals depict Defend the Bay; tackle Dotson scores TD

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    Looking for signs

    Fans attending practices at One Buc Place this week will see new murals draped from the corners of Raymond James Stadium, each with the slogan "DEFEND THE BAY."

    WR Vincent Jackson has the northeast corner of the stadium, LB Lavonte David the northwest, and DT Gerald McCoy (above) on the southwest corner. There's a huge Bucs logo on the southeast corner, so it's just three players that get the star treatment....

    Demar Dotson, left, celebrates with Jamon Meredith after Dotson scores on a tackle-eligible pass during training camp.
  4. Bucs: Murals depict defending the bay

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    Looking for signs

    Fans attending practices at One Buc Place this week will see new murals draped from the corners of Raymond James Stadium, each with the slogan "DEFEND THE BAY."

    WR Vincent Jackson has the northeast corner of the stadium, LB Lavonte David the northwest, and DT Gerald McCoy on the southwest corner. There's a huge Bucs logo on the southeast corner, so it's just three players that get the star treatment....

  5. With Verner sidelined, Bucs bring back CB Anthony Gaitor

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    TAMPA — Bucs CB Alterraun Verner, among the team's top free agent additions in the offseason, watched Monday's practice as he nursed a hamstring injury, but he said it's just normal "nicks" from camp and he's no worse than day to day.

    With Verner out, the team had returning starter Johnthan Banks and free agent signee Mike Jenkins working as first-team corners. But the injury, combined with another ankle injury to second-string corner Rashaan Melvin, was enough that the team signed Anthony Gaitor, who had been released in May, then again by the Dolphins in June after signing there....

    Bucs CB Alterraun Verner watched Monday's practice as he nursed a hamstring injury. [KENT NISHIMURA | Times]
  6. Bucs cornerback Verner 'day-to-day' with hamstring

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    Bucs cornerback Alterraun Verner, among the team's top free-agent additions this offseason, watched Monday's practice to rest a hamstring injury, but he said it's just normal "nicks" from camp and he's no worse than "day-to-day."

    With Verner out, the Bucs had returning starter Johnthan Banks and free-agent signee Mike Jenkins working as first-team corners. But the injury, combined with another ankle injury to second-string corner Rashaan Melvin, was enough that the Bucs signed Anthony Gaitor, who had been released in May, then again by the Dolphins in June after signing there....

    Bucs cornerback Alterraun Verner watched Monday's practice to rest a hamstring injury.
  7. Bucs bring back DB Gaitor, sign DT Black

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    The Bucs have added two players in advance of the team's fourth preseason practice, bringing back defensive back Anthony Gaitor and signing undrafted rookie defensive tackle Jibreel Black of Michigan.

    To open up spots for the two new players, the Bucs have cut two undrafted rookies who faced long odds to make the 53-man cut: former Cal running back Brendan Bigelow and former N.C. State receiver Quintin Payton....

  8. Bucs nickel back Leonard Johnson won't let himself relax

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    TAMPA — Leonard Johnson does not think of himself as the Bucs' starting nickel back.

    Especially with the release last week of veteran D.J. Moore, Johnson could have the confidence of being the man to beat at nickel — a job he held last season — but he does not allow himself to presume anything.

    "It's not even on my mind," said the Largo High graduate, who had 41 tackles two years ago after making the roster as an undrafted rookie out of Iowa State. "Everybody in this league is good. You let one guy go, but there's 89 other guys on the team; everybody just fighting for a roster spot."...

    Leonard Johnson, who made the Bucs in 2012 as an undrafted rookie, covers Louis Murphy during practice Sunday.
  9. Johnson keeps focus in battle for nickel job

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    TAMPA -- Leonard Johnson does not think of himself as the Bucs' starting nickel defensive back.

    Especially with the release last week of veteran D.J. Moore, Johnson could have the confidence of being the man to beat at nickel -- at a job he held last season for the Bucs -- but he does not allow himself to presume anything.

    "It's not even on my mind," the Largo High graduate said, still driven by the hunger of a player who made the Bucs two years ago as an undrafted rookie out of Iowa State, then had 41 tackles that first season. "Everybody in this league is good. You let one guy go, but there's 89 other guys on the team, everybody just fighting for a roster spot. I'm doing that."...

  10. Bucs: Sapp visits; no major injuries

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    Hall of Fame visitor

    Hall of Fame DT Warren Sapp (below) visited training camp Saturday and will return today for his report on the team for the NFL Network. Sapp, an analyst for the network, said the Bucs have some good pieces for new coach Lovie Smith to work with. It was clear the Bucs were as happy to see Sapp as he was to get a close look at his former team.

    "It's hard not to know that Warren is in the house," Smith said. "But it seemed like old times. I turn around, and, 'Hey, Love.' It took me back to '96. I look around, and I see (former Bucs LB) Hardy Nickerson there. ...

    Warren Sapp walks on the field during Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp at One Buc Place in Tampa on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
  11. Dashon Goldson takes it slow at Bucs training camp

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    TAMPA — S Dashon Goldson, held out of offseason drills as he recovered from foot surgery, has opened the first two practices with the No. 1 defense but also has watched much from the sideline, easing back into full speed.

    "They've got me taking baby steps. But it felt good to be out here running around a little bit," Goldson, who said he dropped 10 pounds in the offseason, said Saturday. "I'm looking forward to getting in shape and definitely being out there the whole practice."...

    Safety Dashon Goldson (38) jokes around as he tosses a ball with cornerback Alterraun Verner (21) during Tampa Bay Buccaneers mandatory mini-camp at One Buc Place on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.
  12. Bucs' Johnson seeks double-digit sacks in '14

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    TAMPA -- Defensive end Michael Johnson, who had the biggest contract in the Bucs' offseason free-agent frenzy, has a personal goal for 2014, and it's something the Bucs haven't seen in quite a while.

    "I'd like to get back to double digits," Johnson said Saturday of his goal for sacks in his first season with Tampa Bay. "That's the plan. I don't see why not. That's definitely the plan, and that's what's going to happen."...

  13. Notes: Goldson taking 'baby steps' in return

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    TAMPA -- Safety Dashon Goldson, held out of offseason drills as he recovered from foot surgery, has opened the first two practices with the No. 1 defense but has also watched much from the sidelines, easing himself back into full speed.

    "They've got me taking baby steps, of course, but it felt good to be out here, running around a little bit," said Goldson, who said he dropped 10 pounds in the offseason, one of several players to come in lighter. "I'm looking forward to getting in shape and definitely being out there the whole practice."...

  14. Weather cuts first Bucs practice short

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    TAMPA — After months of waiting, the Bucs gathered in the end zone for their first practice Friday afternoon at One Buc Place, then broke the team huddle to the cheers of fans in the stands.

    And 10 minutes later, alarms sounded for nearby lightning, sending the team inside for an hour and 50 minutes. The team returned, again to fans' delight, only to be sent in 40 minutes later by more lightning, ending the first day early....

    First-round pick Mike Evans, who tweaked his hamstring in May, takes part in passing drills during the Bucs’ first practice.
  15. Rain delays won't change Bucs' late-afternoon plans

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    TAMPA -- After months of waiting, the Bucs gathered in the end zone for their first practice Friday afternoon at One Buc Place, then broke the team huddle to the cheers of fans in the stands.

    And 10 minutes later, alarms sounded for nearby lightning, sending the team inside for an hour and 50 minutes. The team returned, again to fans' delight, only to be sent in 40 minutes later by more lightning, ending their first day early....