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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

  1. Aaron Rodgers seeks first NFL win in Tampa


    If you're among the faction of Bucs fans still actively rooting for the team to win, and as such you're searching for morsels of optimism with the Packers and hordes of their fans in town, well, here goes:

    Green Back quarterback Aaron Rodgers has not played well in Raymond James Stadium.

    Granted, it's a small sample size, from back in the early stages of his NFL career. And it has been awhile since he has played here, ...

    Vincent Jackson
  2. Bucs' Tedford, healthy, lands with CFL's B.C. Lions


    Two weeks after he was released from his contract by the Bucs, former offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford was formally introduced Friday as the new head coach of the CFL's B.C. Lions, saying he's healthy and eager to return to coaching.

    Tedford, 53, underwent a surgical procedure in August to insert two stents near his heart, and after a few weeks of uncertainty, he was placed on indefinite medical leave on Sept. 23, leaving quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo to call the plays for the entire season. Tedford addressed his health on Friday in a story with the Vancouver Sun, saying "I've been good to go for a couple of months."...

  3. Doug Martin, Bucs hope to keep Packers' Aaron Rodgers off field


    TAMPA — Doug Martin, who rushed for a season-high 96 yards Sunday against the Panthers, understands that the more he is on the field Sunday against the Packers, the less time Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers is, which probably would be a good thing for the Bucs.

    "We know what Aaron Rodgers can do, and that's something we talk about with our offense being on the field more, so we can keep their offense off the field," Martin said....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) rushes for 7 yards and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Nov. 30, 2014. DIRK SHADD   |   Times  

  4. Martin seeks more progress from Bucs' running game


    TAMPA -- Bucs running back Doug Martin, who rushed for a season-high 96 yards last week, understands that the more he's on the field Sunday, the less that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is, which is probably a good thing.

    "We know what Aaron Rodgers can do, and that's something we talk about with our offense being on the field more, so we can keep their offense off the field," Martin said....

  5. Grand feat: Evans, Jackson could both pass 1,000 yards


    It's a quirky statistical footnote in what has been a disappointing Bucs season, but just the same, rookie Mike Evans and veteran Vincent Jackson could become the first Bucs teammates to reach 1,000 receiving yards in the same season Sunday against the Packers.

    If both players simply hit their average production, they'll pass the milestone -- Evans comes in with 948 yards, Jackson 931 -- with one more game still left against the Saints at home next week if they fall short....

  6. Holiday hope? Aaron Rodgers' odd history in Tampa


    If you're among that faction of Bucs fans still actively rooting for the team to win, and as such you're searching for morsels of optimism with the Packers and hordes of their fans coming to town, well, here goes.

    Aaron Rodgers, for whatever reason, has not played well in Raymond James Stadium.

    We readily admit it's been a while since he's played here, so it's a small sample size, from back in the nearly mortal early stages of his NFL career....

  7. Ex-USF star Sam Barrington set to take on Bucs


    TAMPA — It took a year and a half, but as he comes back to Raymond James Stadium, Sam Barrington has found himself as an NFL linebacker.

    The former USF standout did not play a single down on defense as a Packers rookie last year, totaling two tackles on special teams before a hamstring injury ended his season after seven games.

    But as the Packers bring him back to the stadium he called home with the Bulls, Barrington has become a key part of the defense this season, starting five games. In the past three, he has 22 tackles, more than he had in his 16 games before that....

    Linebacker Sam Barrington, making a tackle Sunday against the Bills, has 22 tackles in his past three Packers games, all starts.
  8. Special-teams ace Shepard eager to help on offense, too


    Russell Shepard has played a key role on the Bucs' coverage units, leading the team with 11 special-teams tackles, but with Louis Murphy out with a season-ending ankle injury, he's ready to help out as his actual offensive position as well.

    "It's a great opportunity," Shepard said Wednesday. "You never know when your number's going to be called, but at the same time, every week we prepare as if our number will be called. Before anything, I'm a receiver. It doesn't say 'special teams Russell Shepard,' it's receiver. I take pride in teams though and am still going to do that to the best of my ability."...

  9. Bucs and No. 1 pick: What to root for ...


    With two weeks left in the NFL's regular season, the Bucs still stake claim to the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, a huge asset to help build the team back from its current two-win status.

    It's understandable that many Bucs fans are rooting for the team to lose its final two games, which would help lock up the No. 1 pick, and potentially, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. It's not that simple, however -- the Titans, Jaguars and Raiders are also 2-12, and the NFL tiebreaker for draft position is based on strength of schedule. Add up the combined record of a team's 16 opponents, and the team with the worst combined record gets to pick first within a group of teams with the same record....

  10. Bucs prepare for NFL's 'best QB'


    TAMPA — The Bucs are blunt about the challenge they face Sunday against Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. The MVP candidate has the league's top passer rating, 111.2, to go with 35 touchdown passes and five interceptions.

    "Best quarterback in the league, if you ask me," coach Lovie Smith said, "and I've seen him quite a bit."

    Smith praised Rodgers' ability to move in the pocket and his decision making. The percentages of his throws that have ended in touchdowns (7.6 percent) and interceptions (1.1) are the best in the league....

    Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has the league’s top passer rating, 35 touchdown passes and just five interceptions.
  11. McDonald, Foster back as Bucs return to practice


    Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, who has missed three games with a hamstring injury, was back at practice for the first time Wednesday, joined by middle linebacker Mason Foster, who has missed two games with an Achilles injury.

    The only active players sidelined during Wednesday's drills were safety Major Wright (ribs) and nickel defensive back Isaiah Frey (ankle), with returner/receiver Solomon Patton back practicing after missing Sunday's game with a foot injury....

  12. New to Bucs' practice squad: CB Varmah Sonie


    On a day where the Bucs lost an unusual name in Crezdon Butler, they added another, signing cornerback Varmah Sonie of Northern Iowa to the practice squad.

    Sonie, 24, is the second player the Bucs have signed this year from the Arena Football League's Portland Thunder -- the first, defensive end T.J. Fatinikun, has earned his way into the rotation at end, with six tackles off the bench.

    Sonie, 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds, was a first-team All-Arena selection after getting nine interceptions and a team-record 86 total tackles as a rookie with the Thunder. The Bucs were the first NFL team to bring him in for a workout, flying him in Monday after seeing tape from his Arena season. He had been limited by a sprained knee after the season, and had returned this fall to his hometown of Apple Valley, Minn., where he worked as defensive backs coach at Apple Valley High School....

  13. Vincent Jackson is Bucs' man of the year nominee


    TAMPA — For the second straight year, WR Vincent Jackson was named as the Bucs' man of the year, making him one of 32 players up for the NFL's Walter Payton man of the year award.

    Jackson, 31, one of the team's most active players in community service, has put considerable time into his efforts for military families, including publishing a book he wrote, Danny Dogtags, about the challenges children face while relatives are deployed in military service....

    Bucs wide receiver Vincent Jackson, right, needs 69 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for the fourth consecutive season.
  14. Orie Lemon pouncing on opportunity with Bucs


    TAMPA — When the Bengals tried for a surprise onside kick on Nov. 30, Orie Lemon was in the middle of the front line on kickoff coverage and alertly pounced on the loose ball before Cincinnati could recover it.

    He was in the right place at the right time and stepped up, much as he has in the last three games after being thrust into a starting role at strongside linebacker.

    "The opportunity means a lot to me. I haven't been able to get this opportunity since I've been in the league," said Lemon, 27, a star at Oklahoma State who played mostly on special teams in two seasons with the Cowboys, 2012-13. "I wanted to make sure I did whatever I had to do to show I deserved that opportunity."...

    When the Bucs traded veteran linebacker Jonathan Casillas, it opened a spot for Orie Lemon. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
  15. After injuries, Bucs promote three from practice squad


    One day after placing three players on injured reserve, the Bucs filled up the openings by promoting three players from their practice squad: WR Tavarres King, DT George Uko and TE Evan Rodriguez.

    DT Gerald McCoy (knee), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back) and WR Louis Murphy (ankle) are all done for the season, and the final two games will give the Bucs a chance to evaluate three young players. The Bucs also signed former San Jose State receiver Chandler Jones, an undrafted rookie, to fill one of the openings on the practice squad....