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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. Bowers will compete inside at defensive tackle

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    Da'Quan Bowers played primarily at defensive end in his four seasons with the Bucs, but general manager Jason Licht said Tuesday that the former second-round pick, re-signed Monday, will get a look as a defensive tackle.

    The Bucs have four established veterans there in Gerald McCoy, Henry Melton, Clinton McDonald and Akeem Spence, so for Bowers to make the team, he'd likely need to convince the Bucs they need to carry a fifth defensive tackle. Bowers played some inside at "three technique" last season, especially in nickel situations....

  2. Bowl trip: Bucs rookies preparing for busy camp

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    Bucs veterans report for the start of training camp on Friday, but 21 rookies are already in town, reporting Monday for a busy week of meetings and getting acclimated for their first practice Saturday afternoon.

    That included a bonding trip to Pin Chasers in Tampa on Tuesday morning for some friendly bowling competition with the rookies from Tampa Fire and Rescue, but the Bucs players said they have long days this week preparing for the grind of training camp this weekend....

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston reacts after missing a spare during a bowling tournament between the Buccaneers rookies and Tampa Fire Rescue rookies at Pin Chasers in Tampa Tuesday.
  3. DE DaQuan Bowers re-signs with Bucs for one season

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    TAMPA — Da'Quan Bowers will get at least one more chance to show the Bucs, and the NFL, he is worth another look.

    The Bucs re-signed the defensive lineman, who hadn't garnered much attention as a free agent, to a one-year contract Monday, four days before players report to training camp. The deal includes no signing bonus or guaranteed money.

    A second-round pick by the Bucs in 2011 after leading the nation in sacks at Clemson, Bowers hasn't lived up to lofty pre-draft expectations. In four seasons with Tampa Bay he has played in 50 games, including 10 starts, and recorded seven career sacks. For that, Bowers was paid $3.885 million....

    Da’Quan Bowers
  4. Former Florida QB Chris Leak joins Bucs' youth outreach program

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    On a rainy Saturday morning at Skyway Park near the airport in Tampa, 41 young football players, ranging from fourth grade to high school, took part in the Bucs' first-ever "Cannonfire QB Clinic" youth camp, part of the team's new football development program.

    The community outreach effort is an extension of the Bucs' marketing department and includes director Darrell Taylor, who has a background with the Boys and Girls Clubs in Orlando, and Chris Leak, the starting quarterback on Florida's 2006 national championship team and the Gators' receivers coach last season....

     01 13 2007 - GAINESVILLE - Florida quarterback Chris Leak leaves the field for the last time as a Gator. The Florida Gators celebrated their 2006 BCS National Championship with fans at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday (1/1/3/07).  BRIAN CASSELLA  |  Times  STORY SUMMARY - Gators' title celebration.
  5. Bucs WR Mike Evans shows off NFL shield tattoo

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    TAMPA — The NFL brand is strong in Bucs receiver Mike Evans, who has commemorated being drafted No. 7 overall last year with a tattoo on his right arm.

    Evans posted a photo on Instagram showing off the new art, which has a large NFL shield logo with the words "2014 1ST RD. 7TH PICK" underneath.

    He got the tattoo at a shop in his hometown of Galveston, Texas, spending five hours in the chair Saturday with tattoo artist Gotti Flores....

    Courtesty of @mikeevans
  6. Chris Leak part of Bucs' new community program

    Blog

    On a rainy Saturday morning at Skyway Park near the airport in Tampa, 41 young football players, ranging from fourth grade to high school, took part in the Bucs' first-ever "Cannonfire QB Clinic" youth camp, part of the team's new football development program.

    The program, a community outreach effort that's an extension of the Bucs' marketing department, is comprised of a "Tampa 2" of director Darrell Taylor, who has a background with the Boys and Girls Clubs in Orlando, as well as Chris Leak, who was the starting quarterback on Florida's 2006 national championship team and was the Gators' receivers coach last season....

  7. Chris Leak part of Bucs' new community outreach

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    On a rainy Saturday morning at Skyway Park near the airport in Tampa, 41 young football players, ranging from fourth grade to high school, took part in the Bucs' first-ever "Cannonfire QB Clinic" youth camp, part of the team's new football development program.

    The program, a community outreach effort that's an extension of the Bucs' marketing department, is comprised of a "Tampa 2" of director Darrell Taylor, who has a background with the Boys and Girls Clubs in Orlando, as well as Chris Leak, who was the starting quarterback on Florida's 2006 national championship team and was the Gators' receivers coach last season....

  8. Three Gators have run-ins with law

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    Former Armwood High and current Florida wide receiver Alvin Bailey was arrested in Tampa on Saturday on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on a May misdemeanor citation for driving with a suspended or revoked license. Bailey, 20, was released Saturday night on $5,000 bond. He saw limited action as a redshirt freshman last season.

    Also, a pair of Gator sophomores, RB Adam Lane and DT Caleb Brantley, face misdemeanor charges after being accused of walking out on a tab of less than $300 at a Gainesville restaurant this month. Lane was the MVP of UF's Birmingham Bowl win against East Carolina last season, rushing for 109 yards and a touchdown. Brantley had 21 tackles and one start last year....

  9. Armwood, Gators WR Alvin Bailey arrested in Tampa

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    Former Armwood and current Gators wide receiver Alvin Bailey was arrested in Tampa on Saturday on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on a May misdemeanor citation for driving with a suspended or revoked license.

    Bailey, 20, was arrested at 3:38 p.m., booked at 5:07 p.m. and remained in jail on $5,000 bond four hours later. He had been cited May 12, his second time for driving with a suspended license, and a warrant was issued for his arrest June 9 when he missed his scheduled arraignment in court....

  10. After fireworks injury, Bucs' C.J. Wilson steps away from football

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    TAMPA — Bucs cornerback C.J. Wilson, who lost two fingers on his right hand in a fireworks accident July 4, was placed on the reserve-retired list Friday as he steps away from football until his hand is healthy again.

    Wilson, who has met with Bucs team doctors and trainers, will not count toward the 90-player roster limit when training camp opens next week. Tampa Bay will continue to hold the NFL rights of Wilson, 25. He can take himself off the list at any point if he feels like he has made enough progress in his rehabilitation to try playing again....

    Saints Robert Meachem (17) pulls in a Drew Brees pass in front of Bucs C.J. Wilson (41) during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Saints at Raymond James Stadium Sunday afternoon 12/28/2014.
  11. Injured Bucs corner C.J. Wilson stepping away for now

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    Bucs cornerback C.J. Wilson, who lost two fingers on his right hand in a fireworks accident on July 4, was placed on the reserve-retired list Friday, stepping away from football until his hand is healthy again.

    Wilson, 25, has met with Bucs team doctors and trainers and will not count toward the team's 90-player roster limit when training camp opens next week. The Bucs will continue to hold his NFL rights, and players can "unretire" from the reserve-retired list at any point should Wilson make enough progress in his rehabilitation to try playing again. Wilson lost the index and middle finger in an accident while celebrating the holiday with friends and family in North Carolina....

    C.J. Wilson is not expected to play in the NFL this season, but is practice-squad eligible and could rejoin the Bucs in that capacity late this season if his rehab progresses well, allowing him a chance to return to practice without taking up a roster spot.
  12. 2015 Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp

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    When: Veteran players report July 31. Practices Aug. 1-22.

    Where: One Buc Place

    Public workouts: The Bucs will have 11 practices during training camp that are open to the public. Both parking and admission are free to fans with times subject to change:

    Aug. 1 2:30-5 p.m.

    Aug. 2 4:30-7 p.m.

    Aug. 3 2:30-5 p.m.

    Aug. 4 9-11:30 a.m....

  13. After big mistake, Markeis Levatte finds his way through football

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    TAMPA — Markeis Levatte understands that his life — football, friends and anything else that meant something to him — could have ended on a Friday night in Ybor City in 2007.

    He was 15, just finishing the eighth grade, when he was one of six teens, ages 13 to 16, arrested and charged with holding five people at gunpoint. According to police, when one victim refused to give up her purse, she was punched in the head and the teens fled to a nearby housing complex, where they were caught....

    Markeis Levatte, left, never went to high school but got his GED, went through two junior colleges and is now at Concordia College.
  14. Derrick Brooks voted as Bucs fans' all-time favorite

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    Former Bucs linebacker and Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks has been voted as the team's all-time favorite player, according to fan voting on the team's official site.

    Brooks, who was enshrined to the Hall of Fame and the Bucs' Ring of Honor last year, led a top five entirely comprised of stars from the Bucs' 2002 Super Bowl championship team -- fullback Mike Alstott, defensive back Ronde Barber, safety John Lynch and defensive tackle Warren Sapp filled out the fans' top five....

    Derrick Brooks has been voted as the Bucs' all-time favorite player, according to fan voting on the team's official site.
  15. Bucs to use virtual reality simulator to help QBs

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    The Bucs announced Monday that they've signed on with a virtual-reality simulator to supplement the on-field practice their players will get in preparing for opponents this upcoming season.

    The Bucs say they will be the first NFL team to introduce virtual reality -- the "SIDEKIQ" simulator from Eon Sports VR, a Kansas City-based company -- at the youth football level by including sessions at their "Cannonfire QB Clinic," which will be held Saturday at Skyway Park in Tampa....

    Jameis Winston will be able to use the new technology as he prepares to transition from college to being a starting quarterback in the NFL.