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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. Winston will miss OTA practice to attend NFLPA event

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    It's only one practice and not his choice, but Bucs rookie quarterback Jameis Winston will miss the teams' OTA (organized team activity) session Thursday because he'll be in California at the NFLPA's Rookie Premiere event, along with 39 other top rookies.

    Winston was in attendance for Tuesday's first day of OTAs, as well as Wednesday's drills, but he was due to fly out Wednesday night for the NFLPA event, which includes a photo shoot for trading cards and meeting with other NFL sponsors. The event is required for those invited -- the Bucs had WR Mike Evans and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins at last year's event, which didn't overlap with any scheduled practices....

  2. Gramaticas honor wounded veteran with new home

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    The Gramatica brothers -- Martin with the Bucs, and Bill and Santiago at USF -- are a decade removed from their time as Tampa's place-kickers, but they're still making a huge impact on the community through their Gramatica Family Foundation.

    The foundation provided a mortgage-free home in Tampa to an injured veteran who served in Iraq -- here's the full story from the Bucs' official site....

  3. Bucs' Mike Evans cracks NFL top 100 list at No. 75

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    It took only one season for Bucs receiver Mike Evans to crack the NFL Network's "top 100" list of the league's top players, making his debut there at No. 75 as the network unveiled another 10 players on Wednesday night.

    Evans -- touted by NFL Network as the youngest player in the top 100 at just 21 -- set a Bucs franchise record last year with 12 touchdown receptions while leading the team with 1,051 receiving yards....

  4. Raymond James Stadium upgrade could boost Tampa Super Bowl bid

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    TAMPA — Raymond James Stadium is getting a face lift soon. The questions are how vast and who pays.

    Improvements to the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were pledged as part of a bid that landed the January 2017 college football playoff title game for Tampa. They also would enhance bids for the 2019 or 2020 Super Bowl. The city is a finalist, the NFL announced Wednesday, along with Atlanta, Miami and New Orleans....

    Raymond James Stadium, decked out to host Super Bowl XLIII, will need numerous upgrades to win a bid for either 2019 or 2020. The Bucs, Hillsborough County and Tampa Sports Authority are working together on a deal.
  5. Bucs rookies get crash course in etiquette

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    The incoming class of Bucs rookies haven't had three weeks on the job yet, but they're already getting a crash course on how to be a professional football player. And for three hours on Monday night, that was more Emily Post than post patterns.

    "I walked away from there saying 'What gentlemen, every single one of them,'" said Patricia Rossi, an etiquette coach who met with Bucs rookies and has done other group sessions with NFL and MLB teams. "You see how sweet they are. These are my favorite. They want to learn. They love it and they engage." ...

  6. Tampa named finalist for Super Bowl in 2019, 2020

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    Tampa has been named one of four finalists for the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls, with a chance to host what is arguably the biggest event in American sports for the first time in a decade.

    Tampa, which has hosted four Super Bowls, most recently in 2009, is a finalist, along with Miami, New Orleans and Atlanta. The four cities will make their bids to NFL owners in May 2016, according to the report. Los Angeles would also be eligible to bid for the 2020 Super Bowl if an NFL team is playing in a new stadium there by 2018....

  7. Safety Swearinger happy to join Bucs

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    TAMPA — New Bucs S D.J. Swearinger said he was surprised to be waived by the Texans last week, but the former second-round draft pick is excited about a fresh start in Tampa Bay.

    "So far, it's been great," Swearinger, 23, said Monday, speaking to reporters for the first time since the team claimed him off waivers. "I think it's a plus for me, getting a new start in a new city with new coaches and new players around me. Just starting over again, that's a big key for me and something I'm looking forward to."...

    D.J. Swearinger, covering Trent Richardson, was surprised when the Texans waived him last week. He fills a need for the Bucs.
  8. Bucs sign McNeese guard Antoine Everett as undrafted rookie

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    The Bucs have signed another undrafted rookie free agent in McNeese State offensive lineman Antoine Everett, who played left tackle in college but is likely to line up at guard in the NFL.

    Everett, 6-foot-3 and 325 pounds, was projected as a late-round draft pick before he broke a bone in his foot at his pro day in March. He's expected to be fully recovered by the end of June, a month before the Bucs open preseason camp. ...

  9. Safety D.J. Swearinger eager for fresh start with Bucs

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    New Bucs safety D.J. Swearinger said he was surprised to be waived by the Texans last week, but the 23-year-old former second-round draft pick is excited about a fresh start in Tampa Bay.

    "So far, it's been great," Swearinger said Monday, speaking to reporters for the first time since the Bucs claimed him off waivers. "I think it's a plus for me, getting a new start in a new city with new coaches and new players around me. Just starting over again, that's a big key for me and something I'm looking forward to."...

  10. Bucs' Cullen wants depth, rotation on defensive line

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    If the Bucs' defensive line is to return to prominence as the catalyst of a dominating defense, improved depth will play a big role in that resurgence, assistant coach Joe Cullen said Monday.

    "If we have seven guys up, all seven play. Very simple," Cullen said of wanting to keep fresh legs in the pass rush with a steady rotation this fall. "No one's going to play 65 snaps and play every down. You'll wear out through the year, it's proven. The best teams and the best rush teams always have a rotation."...

  11. Ex-Buc, Storm coach Chris Hovan arrested on DUI charge

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    Former Bucs defensive tackle Chris Hovan, now an assistant head coach with the Arena Football League's Tampa Bay Storm, was arrested in Odessa on Friday night on misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, according to police records.

    Hovan, 37, was arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 9:04 p.m. and refused a blood-alcohol test, according to arrest records. He was booked at 11:27 p.m. and charged with misdemeanor counts of DUI while accompanied by a minor and DUI with property damage, and was released at 8:02 a.m. Saturday after posting a $1,000 cash bond....

  12. Lovie Smith honored at Dick Vitale gala fundraiser

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    Dick Vitale's annual gala in Sarasota has raised more than $12-million for cancer research, and while it's often a basketball affair, Bucs coach Lovie Smith and FSU coach Jimbo Fisher are among the three coaches honored at the Ritz-Carlton on Friday night, along with Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim.

    "I got a chance to meet him last year for the first time," Smith said of Vitale. "We all know who Dick Vitale is, and what all he's done, as a coach and of course as a TV personality, and then on what he's done to grab the baton from Coach (Jim) Valvano."...

  13. Bucs rookies enjoy visit to veterans' hospital

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    TAMPA -- A group of 20-plus Bucs rookies had finished an hour of meeting with patients and staff at James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital on Friday afternoon when quarterback Jameis Winston stopped the group before it left for a bus back to One Buc Place.

    Winston had told one patient nicknamed "Tigger" he would visit his room and asked hospital staff if the group could make a quick stop. They compromised, and Tigger -- a season-ticket holder wearing a "00" Bucs jersey -- came down to the hospital's USO Room, where the rookies took one last round of photos and autographs to say thanks....

  14. Lovie Smith defends Winston against Bowden criticism

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    TAMPA — Bucs coach Lovie Smith, known for stopping high-powered attacks, went on the defensive Wednesday for rookie QB Jameis Winston.

    Saying he was "disappointed" in legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden for calling Winston "an embarrassment" to Florida State fans and boosters, Smith said the Bucs' research heading into the NFL draft revealed the opposite was true....

    Jameis Winston poses for a photo with general manager Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith during Winston's  first press conference at One Buc Place in Tampa on Friday, May 1, 2015. Winston was the NFL first round draft pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  15. Giles sees much of Doug Williams in Jameis Winston

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    On the day the Bucs announced Doug Williams and Mike Alstott would join the team's Ring of Honor this fall, another member of that distinguished fraternity, tight end Jimmie Giles, had praise for new Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.

    "Jameis Winston is Doug Williams reincarnated," Giles said of his former Bucs teammate. "He's coming in with an opportunity to lead a team that really has some very good players. I think the missing piece of this puzzle was a couple of good offensive linemen, which we got, and a good quarterback. We've actually been missing a good quarterback for a long time. That's going to be, I think, the final piece of the puzzle to get the Bucs back in the playoffs."...