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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


Blog: Bucs Beat

Twitter: @GregAuman

  1. Bucs' 'heavy'' offensive package weighs on defenses


    TAMPA — For Bucs fans, it is a familiar refrain, announced by game officials before so many offensive plays this season: "No. 64, reporting as an eligible receiver."

    And for an offense always looking to establish the run, it means backup lineman Kevin Pamphile is in the game as a sixth offensive lineman — a "jumbo" 315-pound tight end as part of the "heavy" package the team has run 106 times, to strong success....

    Fifth-round pick tackle Kevin Pamphile (70) runs drills during Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie mini-camp on Saturday, May 17, 2014.
  2. Colts' Hasselbeck, Bucs' Koetter go back 20 years


    Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who turned 40 in September, has been playing long enough that he has ties that go back more than 20 years, like the fact that his first offensive coordinator at Boston College was current Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

    "He was a really, really good football coach, a great quarterbacks coach, and I feel really lucky that in college I had such good coaching," said Hasselbeck, who has played well this season, throwing for five touchdowns and two interceptions filling in for the injured Andrew Luck....

  3. Bucs' Lavonte David named NFC Defensive Player of Week


    The Bucs' offensive stars missed out on the NFL's top weekly honors, but linebacker Lavonte David was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after getting two interceptions -- returning one for a touchdown -- in the Bucs' 45-17 win at the Eagles.

    David is the second Bucs linebacker to take home the honors this week -- rookie Kwon Alexander was honored after Week 8 -- and it's his second time winning, having won in 2013 as well. He joins Derrick Brooks and Hardy Nickerson as the only Bucs linebackers to win the award twice....

  4. Bucs' Winston, Martin up for weekly NFL awards


    TAMPA — Sunday's record-breaking performances by Bucs QB Jameis Winston and RB Doug Martin have both in contention for the NFL's top weekly honors.

    Winston, who has already won NFL rookie of the week honors twice, is one of five nominees this week, having matched an NFL rookie record with five touchdown passes in Sunday's 45-17 win at the Eagles. A win there would be the fifth by a Bucs rookie in their 10 games, with LB Kwon Alexander also winning honors twice....

    Jameis Winston could win a third rookie of the week award after tying a rookie record with five TD passes.
  5. Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast: Listen to Episode 11 ...


    Another week, another Bucs win, another new edition of our Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast -- Episode 11, with Rick Stroud and I talking about the Bucs' big win in Philadelphia and this week's game in Indianapolis. Don't forget to send us your questions on Twitter at @gregauman and @NFLstroud and thanks for everyone listening each week -- you can subscribe on iTunes as well ......

  6. Lovie Smith raves about Bucs' clock-eating drive after halftime


    TAMPA — The day after the Bucs' resounding 45-17 win at the Eagles, coach Lovie Smith was still excited about his offense's 80-yard touchdown drive to open the second half, a 15-play march that took 9:47 off the clock.

    The Bucs overcame three penalties on the drive — a fourth was offset by an Eagles penalty — and it's just the third time in the NFL this season that an offense has committed three penalties on one touchdown drive....

    Cameron Brate, left, celebrates with Adam Humphries after his 8-yard touchdown catch caps a 15-play, 80-yard drive to open the second half.
  7. Bucs bring back DE Kourtnei Brown, waive Sidbury


    Continuing their search for depth at defensive end, the Bucs on Monday claimed Kourtnei Brown off waivers from the Texans, bringing back the well-traveled pass-rusher for a second stint in Tampa Bay.

    Brown had been cut by six teams before making his NFL debut for the Bucs in September, and was then cut after only one game. He's been on roster with the Texans for the past six games, though he was only active for one of the six games, playing primarily on special teams. To make room, the Bucs waived defensive end Lawrence Sidbury, who played Sunday but had no tackles in six defensive snaps....

  8. Winston, Bucs at their best on third downs, in red zone


    PHILADELPHIA -- The Bucs offense dominated in all phases in Sunday's 45-17 win at the Eagles -- running the ball, passing the ball and playing turnover-free football. But two areas where the Bucs showed impressive improvement were in high-pressure situations, excelling on third downs and in the red zone.

    Rookie QB Jameis Winston, who tied an NFL rookie record with five touchdown passes, was especially strong on third downs -- in the first three quarters, the Bucs were 10-for-13 on third downs, with Winston going 8-for-9 for 79 yards and three touchdowns on those plays. A strong running game meant the Bucs had reasonable third-down situations -- their first five conversions were all on third and 6 yards or less....

  9. Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David step up for Bucs


    PHILADELPHIA — For weeks, they'd been quiet by their high standards, with DT Gerald McCoy getting no sacks in the past four games and LB Lavonte David missing the splash plays he had hoped for this season.

    That changed Sunday. David got two interceptions — returning one for his first NFL touchdown to punctuate a 45-17 win over the Eagles — and McCoy had 1 1/2 sacks, sparking a defense that held the Eagles to three points in the second half....

    Lavonte David picks off a Mark Sanchez pass during the second quarter. [Getty Images]
  10. Bucs at Eagles: 5 things you might have missed


    So dominant was the Bucs' 45-17 win over the Eagles on Sunday that you could have easily missed a few things. Here are five …

    1 It didn't start well for the Bucs defense. The uptempo Eagles marched 86 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead, never getting to third down along the way.

    "You can practice all you want, but you're not ready for it until it comes at you," said safety Chris Conte, who would later get one of three Bucs interceptions. "You've got a lot of adrenaline going, and everything's flying around. Once you calm down, you realize it's not that fast. They're running the same plays over and over again."...

    Bucs safety Chris Conte, returning an interception, says it’s a matter of staying calm when faced with the Eagles’ uptempo offense.
  11. Facing suspension, Bucs' Kwon Alexander accepts responsibility


    PHILADELPHIA — Lost in the excitement of the Bucs' 45-17 win at the Eagles was news Sunday morning that rookie linebacker Kwon Alexander is facing a four-game suspension for a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

    Alexander said he is appealing the pending suspension and will continue to play until that appeal is heard — potentially for a few weeks — but said he accepts responsibility for not checking with team trainers before taking an "energy drink" that he has taken since high school....

    Philadelphia Eagles' Brent Celek (87) recovers a fumble against Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Danny Lansanah (51), Kwon Alexander (58) and Chris Conte (23) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) PXE101
  12. Kwon Alexander on suspension: 'Disappointed in myself'


    Lost in the excitement of the Bucs' 45-17 win at the Eagles was news Sunday morning that rookie linebacker Kwon Alexander is facing a four-game suspension for a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

    Alexander said he is appealing the suspension and will continue to play until that appeal is heard -- a process that sometimes takes 2-3 weeks -- but said he accepts responsibility for not checking with team trainers before taking an "energy drink" that he's taken since high school....

  13. Winston throws 5 TDs as Bucs rout Eagles, 45-17


    PHILADELPHIA -- Behind record-setting days from Jameis Winston and Doug Martin, the Bucs are back at .500 (5-5) after a 45-17 rout of the Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

    Martin rushed for 235 yards -- second-most in team history and second-most ever against the Eagles -- and Winston tied an NFL rookie record with five touchdown passes, also matching the Bucs' team record. Winston hit five different receivers as the Bucs won back-to-back games for the first time in nearly two years.

    Bucs linebacker Lavonte David intercepted two passes, returning the second 20 yards for a touchdown to punctuate the win with 4:16 left.

    The Bucs actually trailed 7-0 early, but a 58-yard run by Martin set up a 4-yard touchdown from Winston to receiver Mike Evans. Then there were touchdown passes to Vincent Jackson and Russell Shepard for a 21-7 lead. After the Eagles scored to cut the lead to 21-14, the Bucs went 80 yards and scored on a Winston touchdown to running back Charles Sims for a 28-14 lead with 1:05 left in the half.

    The Bucs had 355 yards of total offense in the first half -- the second-best total of any half in Bucs history, trailing only a 1980 game with 374 yards in the second half against the Vikings. That game is the only one in franchise history with more total yard (573) than the Bucs finished with (523) on Sunday.

    Already dominating in time of possession, the Bucs held the ball for the first 9:47 of the third quarter, grinding out a 15-play, 80-yard drive that ended with Winston hitting tight end Cameron Brate for a 35-14 lead. That touchdown matches the NFL rookie record set by the Lions' Matt Stafford, and matches a Bucs franchise record, held by Josh Freeman, Brad Johnson and Steve DeBerg. He finished 19-for-29 for 246 yards with the five touchdowns and no interceptions.

    The Bucs haven't been at .500 this late in a season since Dec. 2012, when they were 6-6 on the way to a 7-9 record. The Bucs travel to face the Colts next week, still very much in the NFC wild-card picture after starting this weekend two games back....

  14. Vincent Jackson back for Bucs; ASJ, Marpet still out


    After missing three games with a knee injury, Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson is back and active for today's game at the Eagles, while tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and guard Ali Marpet remain out with injuries.

    Jackson's healthy return gives rookie Jameis Winston two big targets against the Eagles secondary, taking some of the load off receiver Mike Evans. With Jackson active, rookie Donteea Dye is inactive today. Defensive end Jacquies Smith is back after missing two games with a sprained ankle, a boost for the Bucs' pass rush....

    Vincent Jackson's healthy return gives rookie Jameis Winston two big targets against the Eagles secondary, taking some of the load off receiver Mike Evans.
  15. Bucs, Eagles take different paths since last meeting


    It has been a little more than two years since the Bucs and Eagles last played, with Philadelphia getting a 31-20 win at Raymond James Stadium in October 2013.

    To revisit that game is to see how much the two teams have changed — the Bucs have a new head coach and general manager, and of the 44 players who saw action for Tampa Bay in the game, only 10 remain on the roster.

    Only four are likely to start today — RB Doug Martin, DT Gerald McCoy, DT Akeem Spence and LB Lavonte David — with WR Vincent Jackson (who caught two TDs in the last Eagles game) a possibility if he's able to recover from the knee injury that has sidelined him the past three games....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) looks for a hole in the Washington Redskins defense during the fourth quarter at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland on Sunday, October 25, 2015. Redskins defeated the Buccaneers 31 to 30. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times