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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. BULLETIN: Bucs move preseason finale to Wednesday

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    With Tropical Depression Nine moving toward Florida, the Bucs announced Monday night that their final preseason game against the Redskins at Raymond James Stadium has been moved from Thursday to Wednesday at 8 p.m. "We have been in regular communication with administrators from the Tampa Sports Authority, Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa and the National Weather Service over the past day as it has become apparent that the most severe weather associated with Tropical Depression Nine will likely make landfall on Thursday," Bucs COO Brian Ford said in a statement. "This decision was made by both teams in conjunction with the National Football League and local authorities in an effort to ensure the safety of our fans, players and stadium staff." The game will still be broadcast locally on Ch. 8....

  2. Storm shifts Bucs-Redskins game to Wednesday at 8

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    With Tropical Depression Nine moving toward Florida, the Bucs announced Monday night that their final preseason game against the Redskins at Raymond James Stadium has been moved from Thursday to Wednesday night at 8 p.m.

    "We have been in regular communication with administrators from the Tampa Sports Authority, Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa and the National Weather Service over the past day as it has become apparent that the most severe weather associated with Tropical Depression Nine will likely make landfall on Thursday," Bucs COO Brian Ford said in a statement. "This decision was made by both teams in conjunction with the National Football League and local authorities in an effort to ensure the safety of our fans, players and stadium staff."...

  3. Battle for backup WR spots heats up for Bucs

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    TAMPA — A closer look at Bucs WR Donteea Dye's hamstring injury showed he is likely to miss four weeks, and the Bucs waived-injured him Monday, getting within one spot of today's 75-man roster cutdown.

    Dye, who started five games last season and caught 11 passes as an undrafted rookie, was in position to make the roster and be Tampa Bay's primary kickoff returner. But he was hurt early in Friday's preseason win against the Browns....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Donteea Dye (17) rushes past Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Keith Tandy (37) during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp on July 30, 2016, at the One Buccaneer Place training fields.
  4. Bucs to waive-injure WR Donteea Dye due to hamstring

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    A closer look at Bucs receiver Donteea Dye's hamstring injury shows he is likely to miss four weeks, and the Bucs have waived-injured him, getting within one spot of the NFL's 75-man roster cutdown for Tuesday afternoon.

    Dye, who started five games for the Bucs last year and caught 11 passes as an undrafted rookie, was in position to make the Bucs' roster and be the team's primary kickoff returner, but injured himself in the opening plays of Friday's preseason win against the Browns....

  5. Anger pleased to have Bucs' punting job, seeking consistency

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    With Sunday's news that the Bucs had waived Jake Schum, newcomer Bryan Anger has won the punting job for 2016 after putting up a clear statistical advantage in three preseason games.

    "I've been hitting the ball well the last few weeks," Anger said Monday. "The whole preseason is a process building up to Week 1. I feel like I'm at a good point right now, consistency-wise, and I have one more game (before) Atlanta so I feel like I'm at a good spot and ready to go."...

  6. Roster secrets unveiled: Bucs will keep 3 QBs, 4 safeties

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    Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has been careful in how he's doled out morsels of information about even the makeup of Tampa Bay's 53-man roster, let alone who makes the cut, but he shared a little Monday in saying that the Bucs are likely to keep three quarterbacks with Ryan Griffin as a second backup.

    "I think it's safe (to say) that we're probably going to keep three quarterbacks," Koetter said Monday. "We put a lot of time into Ryan Griffin and I think he's proving that he's capable of being a backup in this league. The second thing, obviously, it's not a big secret that Mike Glennon is going into the last year of his contract. Jameis (Winston) is our quarterback for the long haul, but we've got to have a 2, and those guys take so long to train ... I mean, we've invested a full year into (Griffin's) training. ... He's done a good job when he's on the field and we think he's got a chance to be here longterm."...

    The Bucs are likely to keep three quarterbacks, with Ryan Griffin as a second backup.
  7. Last year's cuts can be this year's stars for recycling Bucs

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    A dozen Bucs players have already gotten bad news this week, and at least 20 more will be cut before the week is over, but for players looking for hope moving forward, there are examples of persistence and redemption all over the Tampa Bay locker room.

    "It's disappointing. Everybody wants to be part of that opening-day 53," said cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah, who was among last year's final cuts as an undrafted rookie. "It's not the end of the journey. The journey's really long, and as long as you keep working on things you have to work on, keep being the player that you've been, doors are going to open. It's a long season. A lot of things happen, so I tell the guys to keep grinding, keep working and doors will open up."...

    Jude Adjei-Barimah is in good position to make the Bucs' opening roster, working all of camp as the team's fourth cornerback.
  8. Bucs' Pamphile to create scholarship in mother's memory

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    Bucs offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile has stepped up as a starting guard entering this season, and on Monday, announced that he'd done so despite a personal tragedy in the past month: his mother, Marie, died at age 57 and was buried Saturday.

    "Losing a mom completely disrupts the balance of a household and family. She was our nucleus," Pamphile wrote in a statement issued to the Times. "She was a God-fearing woman. She was nurturing, extremely supportive, and giving to everyone in need. She was a loving and devoted wife, and an amazing mother. She is now our angel."...

    Kevin Pamphile was excused from three practices in early August at the time of his mother's death, and wasn't at Friday's preseason game to be in Miami for her wake and funeral services.
  9. Seferian-Jenkins on Kaepernick: 'Invest in the black community'

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    49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to protest the treatment of blacks in America by sitting during the national anthem has become a major story in the NFL this weekend, and Bucs tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins offered his take to Sports Illustrated writer Peter King.

    The Bucs had no scheduled access to players on Saturday or Sunday, but King was able to speak with Seferian-Jenkins, whose suggestion was for Kaepernick and others who care about the issue to help by investing in solving the problem....

    Austin Seferian-Jenkins' suggestion for Colin Kaepernick and others who care about the issue of the treatment of blacks in America to help by investing in solving the problem.
  10. Safety Wright, punter Schum among 12 Bucs cuts

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    TAMPA — The Bucs made their first wave of preseason cuts Sunday, releasing 12 players, and in doing so they made newcomer Bryan Anger the punter for 2016.

    Anger, a 2012 third-round draft pick of the Jaguars, is on a one-year contract with Tampa Bay. He beat out incumbent Jake Schum, who was among Sunday's cuts. The biggest name cut loose was veteran safety Major Wright, who had 76 tackles in the past two seasons for the Bucs but had fallen into a backup role....

    Ex-Jaguar Bryan Anger earns the punter’s job for the Bucs after averaging 48.7 yards a punt in three preseason games.
  11. Bucs' Dye, Bond could return for season opener

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    Good news on the Bucs' injury front, as receiver Donteea Dye and rookie linebacker Devante Bond, both sidelined with hamstring injuries, are both expected to be in position to return healthy before Tampa Bay's regular-season opener in two weeks.

    Dye injured his hamstring on just his second play in Friday night's game and did not return, but an MRI exam this weekend showed the injury is minor, with no tear. Bond, a sixth-round draft pick likely to be the top backup at strongside linebacker, injured his hamstring at practice last week and was held out of Friday's game, but he too is expected to be back in time for the season opener....

  12. Breaking down final roster battles as Bucs cut to 53

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    The Bucs made their first 12 cuts on Sunday, getting them down to 77 players, with two more moves to make by Tuesday and another 20 to get them to 53, presuming that J.R. Sweezy and Louis Murphy -- who still haven't even practiced -- will open the season on the physically unable to perform list.

    Most of those 53 jobs are likely decided in the minds of the Bucs' front office, with only a handful realistically in play for Thursday's preseason finale -- there are injury questions that will shape the initial roster as well, with no real public insight from the team as to the severity of those question marks....

  13. Bucs cut 12, including S Major Wright, LB Jeremiah George

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    The Bucs have made their initial wave of roster cuts, with 12 players waived and released on Sunday to get the team within two moves of the NFL's cutdown to 75 by Tuesday afternoon.

    Most notable was safety Major Wright, who has lost out to rookie Ryan Smith in a battle for the team's fourth safety job. Wright had 76 tackles in two seasons with the Bucs, but had fallen into a backup role and was due to make $1.75-million in 2016....

  14. Bryan Anger wins punting job as Bucs release Schum

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    The Bucs have chosen a winner in their preseason battle at punter, with free agent Bryan Anger winning the job as Tampa Bay released former starter Jake Schum on Sunday morning as part of their initial cuts.

    Anger, a former third-round pick with the Jaguars who was signed to a one-year contract, had better numbers in preseason as the team rotated duties between the two punters. Anger averaged 48.7 yards on his punts, while Schum averaged 41.0; Anger had a net average of 44.1 yards, while Schum had 39.5. Schum had been better in getting punts inside the 20, with four such punts to two for Anger....

  15. Jameis Winston's improvisation lifts Bucs' passing game

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    TAMPA — Bucs QB Jameis Winston piled up 259 passing yards and two touchdowns in the first half as Tampa Bay pulled away to a 27-3 lead on the Browns in Friday's preseason game, and some of the biggest throws were extended plays in which he stayed alive until a target came open.

    Coach Dirk Koetter understands there can be risks with improvisation, but his offense's first touchdown in the 30-13 win came after Winston rolled to his right, ducked left and found RB Charles Sims in the end zone....

    Jameis Winston keeps some big pass plays alive against the Browns by moving around until he had an open target.