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 fight for final roster spots

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    TAMPA — For most of the Bucs starters, it's a night off.

    On the other end of the roster, however, tonight's preseason finale against the Redskins is the last chance. One more game to convince the Bucs you belong on the 53-man roster, which is why fullback Jorvorskie Lane will play with his left hand heavily wrapped after a "deep, deep bruise" last week, and why cornerback Anthony Gaitor is playing safety for the first time since high school....

    Larry English, right, the Chargers’ first-round draft pick in 2009 out of Northern Illinois, joined the Bucs halfway through preseason camp.
  2. For Bucs on bubble, preseason finale far from meaningless

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    TAMPA -- For most of the Bucs' starters, it's a night off.

    On the other end of the roster, however, tonight's preseason finale against the Redskins is the last chance. One more game to convince the Bucs you belong on the 53-man roster, which is why fullback Jorvorskie Lane will still play with his left hand heavily wrapped after a "deep, deep bruise" last week, and why cornerback Anthony Gaitor is playing safety for the first time since high school....

  3. Who is Logan Mankins? Glimpse at new Bucs guard

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    We still don't know when Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins will join the Bucs here in Tampa or when he'll first speak with local media, but you can learn a lot about the 32-year-old by reading stories from his outstanding nine-year run with the Patriots.

    Best story I've found? This 2005 piece from Jerome Solomon, then with the Boston Globe, looking at the frightening accident that changed Mankins' life as a teenager and his life growing up in a small town in the mountains of northern California, better known for winning $10,000 in rodeo roping competitions than anything involving football....

  4. Ex-USF guard Warren excited for reunions in Tampa

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    Jeremiah Warren started all 38 games in his final three seasons as an offensive lineman at USF, and the 26-year-old is excited to return to Tampa after being claimed off waivers by the Bucs on Tuesday.

    "I had just gotten back home to see family and got the call out of nowhere. It was a blessing in disguise," Warren said from his home in Panama City. "I look forward to playing back in Raymond James Stadium again. It's just like coming home for me."...

  5. Jeff Tedford to miss Bucs game against Washington

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    TAMPA — The Bucs' new-look offense will be without its architect in the final preseason game.

    Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford will miss Thursday's home game against Washington as he recovers from an undisclosed medical procedure, coach Lovie Smith said Tuesday.

    Tedford had the procedure Monday, but Smith has revealed little else about the first-year assistant's status....

    Mike Glennon (8), who has seen a lot of preseason action, including Aug. 16 against Miami, will probably start at quarterback Thursday night against Washington, coach Lovie Smith says.
  6. Tedford, still sidelined, will miss Redskins game

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    Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, still recovering from a medical procedure earlier this week, will not be in attendance for the team's preseason finale at home against the Redskins on Thursday night, coach Lovie Smith said.

    "He is still out for a period of time. We don't exactly how long," he said. "We just know the procedure went well. He's fine, alert, up. We'll take our time with him. He will not be at the game Thursday and we hope to get him back soon."...

  7. Bucs trade for Pro Bowl guard Mankins

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    TAMPA -- One day after courting former Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, the Bucs went in a different direction, making an even larger move to trade for Logan Mankins, a six-time Pro Bowl guard with the New England Patriots.

    "We're very excited to acquire a player like Logan," said general manager Jason Licht, who worked in the Patriots' front office from 2009-11. "We feel very fortunate. Logan is a very good player. (I'm a) first-hand witness to what he means in the locker room as well. His play on the field speaks for itself."...

  8. Bucs' Lovie Smith on Mankins trade: 'Exactly what we need’

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    TAMPA — One day after courting former Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, the Bucs went in a different direction, making an even larger move to trade for Logan Mankins, a six-time Pro Bowl guard with the Patriots.

    "He has a history of a certain type of play in the league," coach Lovie Smith said. "Most people say Logan Mankins — tough football player, real man, everybody loves him, great guy in your locker room. … Exactly what we need on our football team and of course in the offensive line room."...

    Logan Mankins, 32, has been named All-Pro five times, including the last four consecutive seasons, and has gone to the Pro Bowl six times. [Getty Images]
  9. Seferian-Jenkins trained with Incognito in offseason

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    Bucs rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins had plenty of interaction with guard Richie Incognito as they trained together in Arizona this offseason, and he had nothing but positive things to say about his potential new teammate.

    "He's the hardest worker I've seen," Seferian-Jenkins said before Tuesday's practice. "I enjoyed working out with him every day and it was fun getting in there and working out with him, doing the whole day with him. He's a great guy to me. I don't know what happened before, but what I know of him is a great guy."...

  10. Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford has medical procedure

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    TAMPA — Less than two weeks before the Bucs open the season, coach Lovie Smith said Monday that offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford had "a medical procedure" Monday morning, was resting comfortably and will be "out for a short period of time," with no timetable for his return.

    "We'll keep Jeff in our prayers," Smith said. "Things should be okay."

    Tedford, 52, was out of football last season after serving as head coach at Cal from 2002-12. Smith gave no details on the nature of the procedure or whether the team expected him to return by Thursday's preseason finale against the Redskins, or the regular-season opener, Sept. 8 at home against Carolina....

    Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford is “out for a short period of time,” the team says, after an undisclosed medical procedure.
  11. Bucs OC Tedford undergoes medical procedure

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    Less than two weeks before the Bucs open the 2014 season, coach Lovie Smith said Monday that offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford had "a medical procedure" Monday morning, was resting comfortably and will be "out for a short period of time," with no timetable for his return.

    "We'll keep Jeff in our prayers," Smith said. "Things should be OK."

    Tedford, 52, was out of football last season after serving as head coach at Cal from 2002-12. Smith gave no details on the nature of the procedure or whether the team expected him to return by Thursday's preseason finale against the Redskins, or the regular-season opener at home against Carolina on Sept. 8....

    Jeff Tedford will be "out for a short period of time," with no timetable for his return.
  12. Bucs' Casillas apologizes for rules violation, suspension

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    TAMPA -- Bucs starting strongside linebacker Jonathan Casillas, who did not travel with the team to Saturday's preseason game at Buffalo due to an unspecified violation of team rules, apologized Monday, saying it's in the past.

    "It's not something I'm happy with, but a mistake was made, the punishment was dealt and I had to deal with it," said Casillas, back practicing as normal on Monday. "It's tough because I don't want to miss a game or be a person labeled as somebody who violates any rules. I've never had a history of that or anything, but a mistake was made."...

    Bucs starting strongside linebacker Jonathan Casillas, who did not travel with the team to Saturday's preseason game at Buffalo due to an unspecified violation of team rule
  13. Bucs cut 12, including returner Eric Page

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    TAMPA — The Bucs made their first wave of cuts Sunday, parting ways with 12 players, including WRs Eric Page, Skye Dawson and Tommy Streeter.

    Page returned punts and kickoffs in 2013, which now look to be taken by former Florida Gator and undrafted rookie Solomon Patton.

    Streeter, a standout at Miami, caught a touchdown in the Bucs' preseason opener. But his size (6 feet 5, 215 pounds) is something the team already has at the position. Dawson appeared in seven games for the Bucs last season, catching two passes and returning one punt and three kickoffs....

    The Bucs cut Eric Page, looking for yards after a catch, leaving former Florida Gator Solomon Patton as the likely kick returner.
  14. Receivers Page, Streeter among 12 cut by Bucs

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    The Bucs made their first wave of preseason cuts Sunday, parting ways with 12 players, including receivers Eric Page, Skye Dawson and Tommy Streeter.

    "It's always tough when you've been with a group of men, most of them through the offseason and of course through training camp, but eventually the roster has to get down to 53 with 10 practice squad guys," coach Lovie Smith said. "It's just kind of part of this business."...

  15. First wave of cuts expected for Bucs today

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    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The process of paring the Bucs' roster from 90 players to 53 in the next week has already started, as coach Lovie Smith is expected to announce the first wave of cuts when he speaks with reporters at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

    NFL teams must trim their rosters to 75 players by Tuesday, then to 53 by Saturday, with the final round of preseason games in between on Thursday night. The Bucs' 27-14 win at Buffalo served as a dress rehearsal for the regular season, with most starters expected to sit out Thursday's preseason finale against the Redskins....