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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' preseason schedule to start Aug. 15 at Vikings

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    The Bucs learned the dates and times of their four 2015 preseason games Friday, with their two games coming five days apart against the Bengals and Browns.

    Tampa Bay will open the preseason on Saturday, Aug. 15, playing at the Vikings at 8, then play host to the Bengals on Monday, Aug. 24 (8 p.m.), and the Browns on Saturday, Aug. 29 (7 p.m.), before finishing the preseason at the Dolphins on Sept. 3 (7 p.m.)....

  2. Winston would bring Bucs back to in-state draft picks

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    If the Bucs do indeed use the No. 1 overall pick in this month's NFL draft on FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, it will mark a return to using high draft picks on prospects from in-state schools after a long absence.

    The Bucs haven't drafted a player from a Florida school higher than the fifth round since 2001, when they took Gators tackle Kenyatta Walker in the first round. In 13 drafts since, they've taken 103 players, but just five from in-state schools, none higher than the fifth round. Compare that to the previous 13 drafts, when Florida, FSU and Miami were churning out top-tier NFL talent -- the Bucs had at least one in-state draft pick in 13 straight drafts, with 19 such players taken in all....

  3. Lightning power play is MIA

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    TAMPA — Coming into Thursday's playoff opener, the power play had been a surging strength for the Lightning — only one team in the NHL had scored more power-play goals in April than Tampa Bay did.

    But on a night in which both teams managed to score short-handed goals, the most frustrating aspect of the Lightning's 3-2 loss to Detroit in the playoff opener may have been Tampa Bay going 0-for-7 on power-play opportunities....

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) skates off after being defeated 3 to 2 against the Detroit Red Wings at the end of game one of the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (04/16/15).
  4. Alstott impressed by Jameis Winston at charity event

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    Former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston is still working to win over fans in the Tampa area as the NFL draft approaches, and he made an impression on former Bucs players at charity events this weekend for the Mike Alstott Family Foundation.

    "I think first and foremost, he's a great person. He has a big heart, very personable, was there interacting with the crowd and everybody that supported my event," said Alstott, the former Bucs fullback. "Everybody loved having him around. He was really, really first-class."...

    "I think first and foremost, he's a great person,'' Mike Alstott said of Jameis Winston. He has a big heart, very personable. ... Everybody loved having him around."
  5. Bucs wait on decision with offer to Lions free agent George Johnson

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    TAMPA — The Bucs' pursuit of free agent defensive end George Johnson hit a snag Monday when the Lions disputed Tampa Bay's offer sheet, delaying the timeline of Detroit deciding whether to match the offer.

    The Lions take issue with some aspect of the language of the offer, and a league arbitrator has 10 days to decide exactly which parts of the offer sheet must be matched by Detroit; once that is determined, the Lions would have two days to match....

  6. Bucs' Gholston repays a favor, with interest

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    Mohamed Gabasha was working at the BP gas station at Eight Mile Road and Greenfield Road Friday night in Detroit when a familiar face walked in to say thanks for an act of kindness five years ago.

    Bucs defensive end Will Gholston, who grew up in Detroit and played at Michigan State, had run out of gas on the John C. Lodge Freeway as a high school senior, and had walked to the gas station, with no money. Gabasha gave him a container of gas and drove him to his car, not expecting to see him again....

    Will Gholston
  7. Lions disputing Bucs' offer to DE George Johnson

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    The Bucs' pursuit of free-agent defensive end George Johnson hit a snag Monday when the Detroit Lions opted to dispute some aspect of Tampa Bay's offer sheet, delaying the timeframe of Detroit deciding whether to match the Bucs' offer.

    Tampa Bay filed its offer sheet Tuesday night, with the Lions having until Monday afternoon to decide whether to match. Johnson had been given the "low" tender of one year, $1.54-million by the Lions, giving them the right of refusal to match any outside contract, but no draft-pick compensation should another team sign him away....

  8. Fans divided on Winston/Mariota to Bucs in mock drafts

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    We've had our own interactive mock draft feature running at Tampabay.com for more than two weeks now, and one fun aspect of having fans make their picks for the first round is seeing the collective wisdom of who will go where on April 30.

    Before we share anything, here's a link to our mock draft feature -- you can choose any of 60 players for the 32 picks, and you can change teams for any pick to project a trade if you'd like. It's a good exercise, especially as you get into the second half of the first round....

  9. Bucs' Will Gholston repays kindness at Michigan gas station

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    Mohamed Gabasha was working at the BP gas station at Eight Mile Road and Greenfield Road in Detroit on Friday night when a familiar face walked in to say thanks for an act of kindness five years ago.

    Bucs defensive end Will Gholston, who grew up in Detroit and played at Michigan State, had run out of gas on the John C. Lodge Freeway as a high school senior, and had walked to the gas station, with no money. Gabasha gave him a container of gas and drove him to his car, not expecting to see him again....

  10. Bucs' local tryout includes Oklahoma Panhandle cornerback

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    To appreciate the lengths the Bucs go to in trying to find the best in draft talent, Friday's workout for local draft prospects included former Jefferson cornerback Domonique Johnson, who played the last two seasons at Division II Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

    Johnson, 5-foot-11 and 194 pounds, was spotted by a Bucs scout at the pro day at another Division II school, University of Central Oklahoma, where he was invited to the team's local workout. He also worked out at the NFL's regional combine in Denver....

  11. On NFL draft, Mike Mayock carves out valuable real estate

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    GAINESVILLE — Mel Kiper was the undisputed king of televised NFL draft evaluation when the fledgling NFL Network went looking for a challenger.

    The search landed on a hard-working real estate agent who had a short NFL career and moonlighted as a broadcaster.

    Mike Mayock wasn't sure he wanted the job.

    "No offense, but I don't want to be the college guy for the NFL Network," Mayock said he told Howard Katz, now the NFL's senior vice president for broadcasting. "It doesn't sound like job security. He said, 'Trust me on this one. There's one guy out there that does it, Mel Kiper. We don't know how to do it. You can do it whatever way you want. Go figure it out.' I had no clue."...

  12. Gators' Dante Fowler highlights locals visiting Bucs today

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    Former Lakewood and Gators defensive end Dante Fowler, a potential top-five pick in this month's NFL draft, is among the local prospects the Bucs are bringing to One Buc Place today, but he said Tuesday that he understands the Bucs are likely picking a quarterback with the No. 1 pick.

    Fowler talked with Bucs officials in Gainesville on Tuesday -- defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and special-teams coordinator Kevin O'Dea were there, along with special-teams assistant coach Carlos Polk -- and while he's coming to Tampa to visit with team officials, he understands where their focus with the No. 1 pick ultimately rests. ...

  13. Bucs preseason includes trips to Vikings, Dolphins

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    TAMPA — The Bucs on Thursday learned their four opponents for the 2015 preseason, opening with a trip to the Vikings, then home to face the Bengals and Browns, then finishing at the Dolphins.

    Tampa Bay's home preseason contest against the Bengals is a Monday night game, televised nationally on ESPN on Aug. 24. Specific dates and times for the other three games have not yet been determined....

  14. Arizona State safety Damarious Randall to visit Bucs

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    The Bucs have a busy weekend of draft evaluation with at least a dozen players in Friday for the team's pre-draft workout for local prospects, and another big name due in Sunday: Arizona State safety Damarious Randall.

    Randall, generally regarded as one of the draft's top five available safeties, said Thursday that the Bucs already had a private workout with him and are now following up with a visit to One Buc Place. He's an intriguing prospect, starting with his background -- he played baseball only in his first year out of high school in Pensacola, redshirted in 2011 and made a splash at Mesa Community College -- as a corner, receiver and return specialist....

  15. Bucs' preseason set: Vikings, Bengals, Browns, Dolphins

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    The Bucs on Thursday learned their four opponents for the 2015 preseason, opening with a trip to the Vikings, then home to face the Bengals and Browns, then finishing at the Dolphins.

    Tampa Bay's home preseason game against the Bengals will be a Monday night game, televised nationally on ESPN on Aug. 24. Specific dates and times for the other three games have not yet been determined.

    The Bucs and Dolphins have met in the preseason every year for more than a decade, and the other three opponents are teams the Bucs played last season, losing to the Vikings, Browns and Bengals by a combined 12 points....