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. Ankle injury still hampers Bucs' Doug Martin

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    TAMPA — The ankle injury that took Bucs RB Doug Martin out of Sunday's game against the Vikings in the third quarter still had him sidelined three days later. He watched Wednesday's practice with a walking boot on his left foot.

    Martin's injury and uncertainty for Sunday's game at Cleveland comes as another back, rookie Charles Sims, is eligible to play for the first time after spending eight weeks on short-term injured reserve. Sims returned to practice last week and has shown promise as he recovers from an ankle injury....

    Doug Martin watched Wednesday's practice with a walking boot on his left foot. [BRENDAN FITTERER | Times]
  2. Backup RB James came through on fourth-and-1 call

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    It was only 1 yard, but Bucs running back Mike James hadn't had a carry in more than a month, and the result -- converting a fourth-and-1 to set up a go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Vikings -- was exactly what James wanted.

    "It felt good to come through for my team," said James, who had been limited to special teams work since the third game of the season. "I appreciated them calling my number and the best thing you can be is accountable. I got in and got what we needed."...

  3. Bucs RB Martin watches practice, boot on injured foot

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    Bucs running back Doug Martin, who left Sunday's loss to Minnesota with an ankle injury in the third quarter, watched Wednesday's practice with a boot on his left foot.

    Martin, who has struggled this season with 166 yards in five games and an average of 2.9 yards per carry, has been sidelined the same week Tampa Bay can play rookie Charles Sims, who missed the first seven games with his own ankle injury. Sims practiced as normal Wednesday, as did Bobby Rainey, who had a team-high six catches and 66 yards of total offense Sunday....

  4. Bucs trade safety Mark Barron to Rams

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    TAMPA — Continuing to makes changes to the league's worst defense, the Bucs were sellers at Tuesday's NFL trade deadline, sending safety and former first-round pick Mark Barron to the Rams for a fourth- and sixth-round pick in the 2015 draft.

    The Bucs, off to a 1-6 start under coach Lovie Smith, also traded away a former starter in linebacker Jonathan Casillas, turning a 2015 sixth-round pick into a fifth-rounder by dealing him to the Patriots....

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  5. Bucs deal safety Mark Barron to Rams

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    TAMPA -- Continuing to makes changes to the league's worst defense, the Bucs were sellers at Tuesday's NFL trade deadline, sending safety and former first-round pick Mark Barron to the Rams for a fourth- and sixth-round pick in the 2015 draft.

    The Bucs, off to a disappointing 1-6 start under coach Lovie Smith, also traded away a former starter in linebacker Jonathan Casillas, turning a 2015 sixth-round pick into a fifth-rounder by trading him to the Patriots....

    In two-plus seasons with the Bucs, Mark Barron totaled three interceptions and two sacks.
  6. Dotson: O-line must step up in pass protection

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    TAMPA -- After allowing nine sacks in the first five games, the Bucs' offensive line has taken a step back in the last two, allowing a combined 10 sacks, matching the most in the NFL by any team in its last two games.

    "We've got to do better as a unit," right tackle Demar Dotson said Tuesday. "We try (going) into the game to have no sacks. That's a goal we have to continue to keep. Each guy, individually, has to have that mindset: We don't want to see our quarterback get hit. That goes for running backs, tight ends, everybody blocking for that quarterback. We've got to do a better job and keep working at it."...

    "We don't want to see our quarterback get hit,'' Demar Dotson said. "That goes for running backs, tight ends, everybody blocking for that quarterback. We've got to do a better job and keep working at it."
  7. Attendance drops as Bucs fall to 0-4 at home

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    Still winless at home this season after a 19-13 overtime loss to the Vikings, the Bucs drew an actual attendance of 46,596 fans at Raymond James Stadium, a full 5,325 less than any of the previous 2014 home games.

    Tampa Bay's announced attendance Sunday -- based on tickets distributed -- was 56,577, down from 60,041 for the Bucs-Ravens game two weeks ago. That total is the lowest announced crowd for a Bucs home game since 55,360 for Bucs-Falcons in November last year....

  8. Lavonte David-led defense kept Bucs in the game

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    TAMPA — Bucs LB Lavonte David finished with 14 tackles for the third consecutive game, becoming the centerpiece of a Bucs defense that kept the team in a game despite their offensive struggles.

    "We've got great characters in this locker room," David said. "As you can see, we still have great spirits. We played a great football game (defensively). We took a step. It wasn't our best, but we took a step. We still have a lot to learn."...

    Bucs linebacker Lavonte David walks off the field after their loss  to the Vikings. [Getty Images]
  9. David leads defense again with 14 tackles, 3 TFLs

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    TAMPA -- In the middle of a Bucs defense that kept the team in a game when the offense had done little of anything was linebacker Lavonte David, who finished with exactly 14 tackles for the third game in a row.

    "We've got great characters in this locker room," David said. "As you can see, we still have great spirits. We played a great football game (defensively). We took a step. It wasn't our best, but we took a step. We still have a lot to learn."...

  10. Potential trade targets Martin, Jackson have quiet days

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    TAMPA — Two of the biggest names on the Bucs offense — RB Doug Martin and WR Vincent Jackson — continue to be reported as subjects of interest from other teams as the NFL's Tuesday trade deadline approaches.

    But the two weren't exactly showcasing their talents in Sunday's loss to the Vikings. Martin totaled just 27 yards on 10 carries before leaving with an ankle injury in the third quarter, while Jackson had just one catch for 13 yards....

    Bucs running back Doug Martin is wrapped up by Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Chad Greenway in the first quarter. [BRENDAN FITTERER | Times]
  11. Bucs continue to seek solution to first-half offensive woes

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    TAMPA — Much had been made of the Bucs' first-half offensive woes entering Sunday's game, with the team averaging just 4.5 points before halftime, and only 91 yards in the first half of their last four games.

    Turns out that wasn't anything to complain about.

    The Bucs didn't score in the first half, had 72 yards of offense at halftime and didn't even get to the red zone until the final five minutes of the game....

  12. Slow start? Bucs offense waits too long again in loss

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    TAMPA -- Much had been made of the Bucs' first-half offensive woes entering Sunday's game, with the team averaging just 4.5 points before halftime, and only 91 yards in the first half of their last four games.

    Turns out that wasn't anything to complain about.

    The Bucs didn't score in the first half, had 72 yards of offense at halftime and didn't even get to the red zone until the final five minutes of the game, another too-little-too-late effort that left the same people searching for the same answers....

  13. Amid trade talk, Martin, Jackson quiet in Bucs loss

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    TAMPA -- Two of the biggest names on the Bucs offense -- RB Doug Martin and WR Vincent Jackson -- continue to be reported as the subject of interest from other teams as the NFL's Tuesday trade deadline approaches.

    The two weren't exactly showcasing their talents in Sunday's loss to the Vikings -- Martin totaled 27 yards on 10 carries before leaving with an ankle injury in the third quarter, while Jackson had just one catch for 13 yards....

  14. Bucs lose lead late, fumble away game in OT

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    TAMPA -- The Bucs rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter, only to blow a lead in the final minute, then lose on a turnover on the opening play of overtime.

    Rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins -- whose TD had given the Bucs the lead with two minutes left in regulation -- fumbled on the first play of overtime, and Vikings rookie Anthony Barr recovered the ball and returned it for a touchdown and a 19-13 win at Raymond James Stadium....

  15. Live updates: Vikings' late kick forces overtime with Bucs

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    We usually wait until the first score to post the live blog during a Bucs game, and that was a little longer than expected, even by 2014 Tampa Bay standards. The Bucs have struggled mightily on offense, with just 72 yards of offense in the first half, showing little spark after a bye week to rest up and prepare for a home game against the Vikings.

    4 p.m.: The Bucs defense couldn't close out the win in regulation, as Teddy Bridgewater completed five passes to get the Vikings to the Bucs' 20, where Blair Walsh kicked a 38-yard field goal as time expired to force overtime....