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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. Can a Bucs player get to 10 sacks?


    With six games left in the Bucs' season, it's a time to again ask a question that's been asked for quite some time: Will a Bucs player get 10 sacks this season?

    As has been pointed out a few times, the Bucs haven't had a player get to 10 sacks since Simeon Rice in 2005. DT Gerald McCoy and DE Jacquies Smith both have six sacks to tie for the team lead — depending how you like your math, they're only on pace for 9.6 sacks each, putting the elusive 10th sack in jeopardy....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jacquies Smith (56) after sacking Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) in the third quarter of the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tennessee Titans in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
  2. Lovie Smith, Matt Hasselbeck rivalry goes way back


    You'd be hard-pressed to find a current NFL rivalry that goes back much farther than Bucs coach Lovie Smith and Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who first faced each other 15 years ago in a Packers-Bucs game in 2000.

    Sunday will be the fourth different team Hasselbeck, 40, has suited up for against Smith, and the fourth different team Smith has coached for against Hasselbeck....

    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck celebrates with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (8) after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Atlanta. The Indianapolis Colts won 24-21. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  GAMS154
  3. Bucs' injury situation in 'good shape'


    TAMPA — DE George Johnson and S Keith Tandy were ruled out for the Bucs' game Sunday in Indianapolis, and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins still hasn't been cleared for contact, making it unlikely he will play.

    Johnson will miss a second straight game with a calf injury. Tandy has a concussion.

    "We're in good shape," coach Lovie Smith said Friday. "We have (only) a couple of guys out. This time of year, that's a good thing."...

    Bucs defensive end George Johnson, front, is expected to miss a second straight game with a calf injury.
  4. Cameron Brate proves smart choice for Bucs at tight end


    TAMPA — When Bucs tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins injured a shoulder in Week 2 against the Saints, the player who is best filling the void left by his extended absence was in street clothes on the other sideline.

    Harvard graduate Cameron Brate spent much of his rookie year on the Bucs' practice squad last season, catching a single pass for 17 yards. This year he again missed Tampa Bay's final cuts out of training camp, and a week later, he was released from the practice squad and signed to the same role by New Orleans....

    Cameron Brate, middle, keeps the ball close after catching a 4-yard touchdown pass against the Eagles on Sunday.
  5. Bucs' Jameis Winston is Rookie of the Week, again


    For the third time this season, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston has been voted as the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week, this after throwing for five touchdowns and no interceptions in the Bucs' 45-17 rout at the Eagles last week.

    Winston has won the weekly honor three times and linebacker Kwon Alexander has won twice, so the Bucs have won five times in their 10 games. Winston matched an NFL rookie record with his five touchdown passes Sunday, tying the Bucs' franchise record as well....

  6. Bucs will go without DE Johnson, S Tandy, likely ASJ


    The Bucs will play Sunday in Indianapolis with only two players ruled out due to injuries -- defensive end George Johnson will miss a second straight game with his calf injury, while safety Keith Tandy remains sidelined with a concussion.

    Coach Lovie Smith said tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has still not been cleared for contact, which suggests he will miss a ninth straight game with his shoulder injury, suffered in Week 2. Both of the team's options at right guard -- rookie Ali Marpet, who started the first eight games, and veteran Evan Smith, who has played the last two -- are limited by injuries, but Smith wouldn't say which player is more likely to start....

  7. 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.
  8. 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....

  9. 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....

  10. 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.
  11. 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 ......

  12. 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.
  13. 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....

  14. 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....

  15. 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]