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 try to gain dome field advantage

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    ST. PETERSBURG — The Bucs practiced at Tropicana Field on Wednesday afternoon — and will do so again today — to avoid wet practice fields at One Buc Place and get a feel for the turf they'll play on Sunday at New Orleans.

    "Our fields are drenched," coach Lovie Smith said after his team worked out in the outfield at the Rays' ballpark. "It is a different feel inside, catching the ball, looking in the lights, change of directions, all those things."...

    The Bucs take advantage of an available Tropicana Field to prep for the Saints and their Superdome on Sunday.
  2. Bucs at Trop to avoid rain, test turf for Sunday

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    The Bucs practiced at Tropicana Field on Wednesday afternoon -- and will do so again Thursday -- to avoid wet practice fields at One Buc Place and get a feel for the turf they'll play on Sunday at New Orleans.

    "For a couple of reasons -- of course, there's a lot of rain here. Our fields are drenched," coach Lovie Smith said after his team worked out in the outfield at the Rays' home ballpark. "It is a different feel inside, catching the ball, looking in the lights, change of directions, all those things. And just a change of pace, to do something different for our players. A good productive day, no traffic issues, an easy-in-and-out day for us."...

  3. Mankins hopes Bucs can run like Cowboys did

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    Bucs guard Logan Mankins wants more consistency in the team's running game, and in preparing for Sunday's game at New Orleans, he was encouraged, seeing the way the Cowboys were able to rush for 190 yards in a 38-17 win against the Saints last week.

    "Dallas did a great job. We hope we can do as good a job as they did, but every Sunday's a different day," Mankins said Wednesday afternoon....

  4. Lansanah said Bell gesture just 'natural reaction'

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    Especially after the Bucs rallied in the final seconds for a 27-24 win at Pittsburgh on Sunday, one moment from the game that went viral online was Bucs linebacker Danny Lansanah knocking down the arm of Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell as he signaled for a first down....

    One moment from Sunday's game that went viral online was Bucs linebacker Danny Lansanah, left, tackling Antonio Brown, knocking down the arm of Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell as he signaled for a first down.
  5. Bucs add UC-Davis TE Sloat to practice squad

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    One more minor transaction to share from Tuesday night, as the Bucs have signed rookie tight end Taylor Sloat of UC-Davis to their practice squad.

    Davis, who had attended the Bucs' rookie minicamp after the draft in May, takes the spot of tight end Ian Thompson, another undrafted rookie who'd joined the practice squad a week earlier. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder had 22 catches for 220 yards and three touchdowns as a UC-Davis senior last year, after getting 30 for 428 and two scores as a junior in 2012....

  6. Bucs add ex-Falcons WR to practice squad, cut two

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    The Bucs made a few adjustments to their practice squad Tuesday, waiving TE Ian Thompson and LB Carlos Fields, then adding former Georgia Tech and Falcons receiver Kevin Cone.

    Cone, 26, played extensively on special teams with the Falcons last season, finishing with seven tackles and averaging 18 snaps per game. He saw limited action on offense despite multiple injuries to the Falcons receivers, totaling 30 offensive snaps with one catch for 12 yards. Cone spent the preseason with the Dolphins -- he caught two passes for 30 yards against the Bucs -- but was among Miami's final cuts, later spending one week on the Cardinals' practice squad. He made his NFL debut with Atlanta in the final game of 2011 against the Bucs, playing in 12 games in 2012....

  7. Bucs-Saints: Dixon twins finally on opposite sides

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    TAMPA — On Sunday afternoon, for perhaps the first time in their 24 years, it will be easy to tell Brandon and Brian Dixon apart.

    The brothers are identical twins and rookie cornerbacks, with the Bucs and Saints, respectively, and will be opponents for the first time. They've always been teammates, through Pop Warner, high school in Coconut Creek, two junior colleges, then two years at Northwest Missouri State, where they won a Division II national championship with a 15-0 record last season....

    Brian Dixon, talking by phone Tuesday afternoon from Louisiana: "I'm more of a beast than my brother is." [David Grunfeld, NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune]
  8. Bucs' Mason Foster, Dashon Goldson questionable for Saints

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    TAMPA — MLB Mason Foster (shoulder) and S Dashon Goldson (ankle) remain question marks as the Bucs prepare for a prolific Saints offense.

    Foster, who has missed the last two games after dislocating his shoulder in a Sept. 14 loss to the Rams, said the shoulder is much improved but he isn't sure what he can do in practice. Dane Fletcher has filled in for Foster.

    "I feel good. We'll see what's going on this week," said Foster, who has not practiced since the injury. "I don't know yet (if Sunday is in play). We'll see how it goes. This is a big week."...

    Mason Foster has missed the last two games after dislocating his shoulder in the Rams loss. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
  9. Bucs like challenge of matching Saints' offense

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    The last two times the Bucs went to the Superdome, the Saints have scored 42 and 41 points in routing Tampa Bay, so you'll understand tackle Demar Dotson's respect for the New Orleans offense.

    "We as an offense, I think we put up, what, 27 points (Sunday in beating Pittsburgh) last game?" Dotson said Tuesday. "We've going to take every bit of that and more. We're going to need turnovers from the defense ... We expect the Saints to put up 35 points. We have to be able to match that as an offense."...

  10. Saints castoff Brooks eager to help Bucs prepare

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    It was at halftime of Sunday night's NFL game, with the Saints trailing the Cowboys 24-0 in what would end up a 38-17 Dallas win, when Bucs practice squad player Derrius Brooks posted a message on Twitter.com:

    "And the Saints let me go......." wrote Brooks, a cornerback who was signed to the Bucs' practice squad after being among the final players cut by the Saints last month.

    Brooks, who spent the entire offseason with the Saints, said his insights into his former team can help the Bucs prepare for Sunday's game at New Orleans, where both teams have 1-3 records....

  11. Foster, Goldson uncertain as Bucs prepare for Saints

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    Middle linebacker Mason Foster and safety Dashon Goldson, two key pieces of the Bucs defense who are limited by injuries, are question marks as the Bucs prepare for a prolific Saints offense Sunday in New Orleans.

    Foster, who has missed the last two games after dislocating his shoulder in the Rams loss, said he's seen much improvement in the shoulder but isn't sure yet what he'll be able to do in practice or whether a return Sunday is in play....

    Mason Foster has missed the last two games after dislocating his shoulder in the Rams loss.
  12. Bucs overcome slew of mistakes in win over Steelers

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    PITTSBURGH — An amazing last-minute rally like the Bucs had in Sunday's 27-24 win against Pittsburgh can absolve a lot of minor sins, but Tampa Bay had their share early before rallying for 10 points in the fourth quarter.

    "We still have a long way to go," coach Lovie Smith said. "We made so many mistakes out there, but we found a way to win. That was a hurdle we needed to get over."...

  13. Bucs' Mike Evans, Dashon Goldson leave with injuries

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    Even as the Bucs got four key players back from injury Sunday to help pull out a wild 27-24 win over the Steelers, Tampa Bay is now dealing with injuries to two additional starters.

    Rookie WR Mike Evans, who caught his first NFL touchdown pass on the opening drive, left the game with a groin injury. And veteran safety Dashon Goldson had a boot on his left foot after the game, having left early with an ankle injury....

    Mike Evans makes a touchdown catch in front of Cortez Allen of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter. [Getty Images]
  14. Bucs' Michael Johnson makes big splash in return from injury

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    Limited by an ankle injury in the first three games, Bucs DE Michael Johnson made a big splash in Sunday's win against the Steelers, getting two sacks and forcing a fumble that set up the team's first touchdown.

    "It felt good. The other guys did a great job freeing me up, of getting on the ball when it came out," Johnson said of his sack of Ben Roethlisberger on the third play of the game. "The offense did a great job of taking advantage of the opportunity."...

    Le'Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers gets wrapped up by Michael Johnson during the second quarter. [Getty Images]
  15. Louis Murphy, Russell Shepard step up late for Bucs

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    As the Bucs rallied for 10 points in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 27-24 win over the Steelers, a pair of unexpected stars came down with seven of the team's final nine catches.

    Louis Murphy, signed by the Bucs this week after being released in the final preseason cuts, came through with five catches in the fourth quarter, including a 41-yard grab to set up the winning touchdown. And Russell Shepard, a special-teams standout who rarely sees the field on offense, had the first two catches of his NFL career....

    Louis Murphy carries the ball in front of William Gay of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter. [Getty Images]