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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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)
  6. 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....

  7. 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....

  8. 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."...

  9. 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.
  10. 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....

  11. Five things to watch in Bucs-Browns preseason game (w/ Winston video)

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    TAMPA — As a rule, the third preseason game is the best for fans, with projected starters often playing into the third quarter. So as relative meaninglessness goes in August football, it's not too bad.

    The Bucs' third game is tonight against the Browns, and jobs are on the line, especially in the second half. With initial roster cuts coming Tuesday — from 90 players to 75 — and the final cut to 53 next weekend, there will be urgency....

    DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
  12. Motivated Doug Martin aims to carry load for Bucs

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    TAMPA — In practice throughout Bucs training camp, long after the last defender had tugged at the ball as he sped past, Doug Martin kept running.

    At the point where most players would pull up and slow in a noncontact drill, Martin accelerated and took off.

    "That gets you ready for the game," Martin said. "Finish 10 yards past the last defender or finish in the end zone on some plays. It also gets you ready for your conditioning during the game and gets your legs ready for the game, so that's something that I try to do."...

    Bucs Doug Martin (22) breaks free for a 30 yard gain in the 1st qtr setting up Jameis Winston's diving TD two plays later during the Bucs NFL Preseason Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa 8/24/15. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
  13. Bucs' Russell Shepard drives toward 2nd career for long haul

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    TAMPA — When receiver Russell Shepard hauled in a touchdown pass in the Bucs' preseason win Monday against the Bengals, he showed a flash of promise that his elite play on special teams could carry over to offense.

    For two years, Shepard has kept a job on the roster by being the Bucs' leading tackler in kick coverage. His 14 solo tackles on special teams matched the most of any player in the NFL last season....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Shepard (89) during Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa on Monday, August 11, 2014.
  14. Bucs bring back kicker Connor Barth

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    TAMPA — Two days after Pat Murray missed an extra point in Monday's preseason win, the Bucs agreed to terms on a two-year contract with veteran K Connor Barth, who was released Wednesday by the Broncos.

    Barth, 29, was Tampa Bay's kicker from 2009-12, hitting 91 field goals before he missed the 2013 season with a torn Achilles tendon. He kicked well for Denver at the end of last season, going 15-for-16 on field goals in five games and 15-for-15 on extra points....

    Pat Murray, shown last season, raises concern by missing an extra point in Monday’s game.
  15. As Murray wobbles, Bucs bring back kicker Connor Barth

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    Two days after kicker Pat Murray missed an extra point in Monday's preseason win, the Bucs have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with veteran kicker Connor Barth, who was released Wednesday by the Broncos.

    Barth, 29, was the Bucs' kicker from 2009-12, hitting 91 field goals before he missed the 2013 season with a torn Achilles tendon. He kicked well for Denver at the end of last season, going 15-for-16 on field goals in five games and a perfect 15-for-15 on extra points....