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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. Amid contract talks, free agent cornerback Tim Jennings visits Bucs

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    TAMPA — Two-time Pro Bowl CB Tim Jennings visited the Bucs on Tuesday and could be reunited with coach Lovie Smith and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

    Jennings watched practice with Smith as the Bucs tried to reach a contract agreement with his agent. There was no announcement Tuesday night.

    Jennings, 31, was released Sunday by the Bears, where he had played under Smith. He was a second-round pick of the Colts in 2006, playing for Frazier who was the team's defensive backs/assistant head coach. Jennings enjoyed his first four seasons with the Colts but blossomed with the Bears, recording 16 of his 20 career interceptions in five seasons....

    Tim Jennings led the NFL in interceptions in 2012, picking off nine for the Bears; here he returns a fumble against the Bucs.
  2. Lovie pumps brakes on Bell making quick return

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    Bucs coach Lovie Smith is very careful about hamstring injuries, as seen by safety Chris Conte sitting out three weeks of August practices and Mike Evans being held out of the final two preseason games.

    It's no different with rookie WR Kenny Bell, who had expressed optimism before Tuesday's practice about testing his hamstring, recognizing that as a player on the bubble, he needs to play in Thursday's preseason finale in Miami. Not so fast, his coach said, after Bell was limited in the opening portion of practice open to the media....

  3. Bucs rookie Kenny Bell ready to test hamstring

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    Bucs rookie receiver Kenny Bell, caught in a deep battle for jobs at his position, said he'll test his injured hamstring at Tuesday's practice, knowing he might need a strong showing in Thursday's preseason finale to stick on the team's final roster.

    "My body's feeling pretty good. A little sore, but I'm going to head out and try to practice today and see how it goes," said Bell, the team's fifth-round draft pick out of Nebraska. "Obviously I want to be careful and smart about my body, but then again, I'm a rookie and I need to play this Thursday."...

    Bucs rookie wide receiver Kenny Bell (with ball) knows he might need a strong showing in Thursday's preseason finale to stick on the team's final roster.
  4. Bucs cut DB Johnson, WR Herron, C Allen

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    To get to the NFL's roster cutdown limit of 75 players, the Bucs on Tuesday waived three injured players -- nickel Leonard Johnson, receiver Robert Herron and center Josh Allen -- and placed injured defensive tackle Akeem Spence on the reserve-physically unable to perform list.

    Spence, who had back surgery in July and is targeting an October return, cannot practice or play until after the sixth week of the regular season, when he can return from the PUP list....

    Leonard Johnson (29) had been the Bucs' primary nickel defensive back last year, but was on the roster bubble behind starter Sterling Moore before he injured his left foot.
  5. Bucs release veteran punter Michael Koenen

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    The Bucs have released veteran punter Michael Koenen, continuing what has been a busy week of changes to the team's kicking specialists.

    Koenen was due to make $3.25-million this season as one of  the NFL's highest-paid punters, but ranked 32nd in the NFL in average punting and 29th in net average last season. The Bucs could still add another punter waived by another team this week, but for now, the job belongs to Jake Schum, who was signed last week and averaged 51.3 yards on four punts in Saturday's game. His preseason average is the second-highest in the NFL....

    Michael Koenen was due to make $3.25-million this season as one of  the NFL's highest-paid punters, but ranked 32nd in the NFL in average punting and 29th in net average last season.
  6. Bucs trade Tim Wright for rookie kicker Kyle Brindza

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    TAMPA — Add yet another intriguing new name to the Bucs' search for a starting kicker.

    The Bucs acquired rookie K Kyle Brindza from the Lions on Monday, sending Detroit TE Tim Wright, who was likely facing a cut as the Bucs trim their roster.

    Brindza, 22, wasn't drafted out of Notre Dame but has been impressive in preseason for Detroit. He is 3-for-3 on field goals, connecting from 41, 49 and 51 yards; and 2-for-2 on extra points, and averaged 49.3 yards on four punts (three downed inside the 20). Seven of his eight kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks....

    On Monday the Bucs acquired Kyle Brindza, who kicked for Notre Dame the past three years and punted for the Fighting Irish as well.
  7. Bucs LB Josh Keyes eager for last shot Thursday

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    As one of eight undrafted rookies left on roster as the Bucs continue to make cuts, linebacker Josh Keyes is hopeful that a strong showing in Thursday's final preseason game at Miami can help his chances of beating the odds.

    "I think Thursday's game is very important. It's my last chance to make my mark, to go out and show what I can do," said Keyes, a Boston College graduate whose last name rhymes with "size." "I'm just going to try to make as many plays as I can and we'll see what happens from there. It's really exciting."...

    Josh Keyes, right, grabs onto linebacker Jason Williams during training camp earlier this month at One Buc Place.
  8. Lane hopeful there's still a place for fullback

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    Jorvorskie Lane is the only fullback remaining on the Bucs roster, but he understands in today's NFL that's not the same thing as being assured of a roster spot when final cuts are made.

    "I don't take anything for granted," said Lane, limited by injuries and suspension to nine games with the Bucs last season. "I look at it as my job is always up. Everybody is kind of wishy-washing away from the fullback. I treat every day like it could be me."...

    Jorvorskie Lane was limited by injuries and suspension to nine games with the Bucs last season.
  9. Bucs trade TE Tim Wright to Lions for rookie kicker Kyle Brindza

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    The Bucs had added another name to their kicking competition, acquiring rookie kicker Kyle Brindza from the Lions in exchange for tight end Tim Wright.

    Brindza, 22, wasn't drafted out of Notre Dame but has been impressive in preseason for Detroit. He's 3-for-3 on field goals, connecting from 41, 49 and 51 yards; he's 2-for-2 on extra points, he's averaged 49.3 yards on four punts (three downed inside the 20), and seven of his eight kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks. He'll now join a close competition between last year's kicker, Pat Murray, and former Bucs kicker Connor Barth, who was signed last week to challenge Murray....

    Tight end Tim Wright during minicamp at One Buc Place in June.
  10. Bucs' Will Gholston taking to transition to tackle

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    TAMPA — Third-year pro Will Gholston, moved from primarily playing defensive end to defensive tackle, has handled the transition well, leading the Bucs with three tackles for loss in the preseason.

    "I think he's handled it very well, and wherever we've put him, he's handled it well," coach Lovie Smith said after Saturday's 31-7 loss to the Browns, in which Gholston had four tackles. ...

    Bucs outside linebacker Danny Lansanah (51) celebrates his interception of  Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III with Will Gholston (92) during the first half  in Landover, Md., on Nov. 16, 2014. (Associated Press)
  11. Sorry, no crab: Publix unveils 'signature' Bucs sub

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    As photos showing Jameis Winston on Publix-branded Bucs roadside signs are making the rounds with national sports blogs, we can report more tasteful news of another Bucs-Publix pairing that, no, does not  involve crab legs.

    As an extension of the grocery store's sponsorship with the Bucs, Publix is offering fans a "signature sub" for Tampa Bay fans, with similar items on the menu for the Jaguars, Dolphins and Falcons....

  12. FB Iosefa, RB Brown among Bucs' first 10 cuts

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    The Bucs made their first wave of preseason cuts on Sunday, with seventh-round draft pick Joey Iosefa and undrafted rookie Dominique Brown among the most notable names.

    Iosefa, a fullback from Hawaii, played just one offensive snap in Saturday's preseason loss to the Browns. Smith, from Louisville, struggled as a short-yardage option, failing to score on four straight carries from inside the 2-yard line in Monday's win against the Bengals....

  13. Bucs pleased with Will Gholston's transition to DT

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    TAMPA -- Third-year pro Will Gholston, moved from primarily playing defensive end to lining up inside at defensive tackle, has handled the transition well, leading the Bucs with three tackles for losses in the preseason.

    "I think he's handled it very well, and wherever we've put him, he's handled it well," coach Lovie Smith said after Saturday's loss to the Browns, which saw Gholston get another four tackles. "He's gotten our attention quite a bit in practice, and in every game he's done something to make us take notice. ... Will Gholston is a player I can stand here and definitely say has gotten better, and that's from the moment we got here."...

  14. Bucs rookie Kwon Alexander wows with hit on Josh McCown

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    TAMPA — Not much went well for the Bucs in a 31-7 loss to the Browns on Saturday night, but the "wow" play came in the final minute before halftime, when rookie LB Kwon Alexander delivered a crushing hit to QB Josh McCown.

    McCown, last season's starter for the Bucs, escaped a potential sack from DE Henry Melton and scrambled left, directly into the path of Alexander, who dropped him for a 2-yard loss and Tampa Bay's only sack....

    Bucs rookie linebacker Kwon Alexander does a dance after an impressive hit on Browns QB Josh McCown in the first half.
  15. Bucs to face Browns without safety Major Wright

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    The family matter that kept Bucs safety Major Wright from attending Friday's practice will also keep him from playing in Saturday night's preseason game against the Browns, leaving the Bucs a little thin in the secondary.

    With Wright not playing, D.J. Swearinger will get the start, having made a strong impression in training camp after being claimed off waivers from the Texans. Veteran Chris Conte, who missed three weeks with a hamstring injury, will make his preseason debut tonight....