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 teammates elated to land Pro Bowl guard Mankins

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    TAMPA -- Whatever disappointment there was in the Bucs' locker room after a largely irrelevant 24-10 loss to the Redskins in Thursday's preseason finale, it disappeared at the mere mention of new Bucs guard Logan Mankins, the six-time Pro Bowler acquired Tuesday from the Patriots.

    "A Logan Mankins, you can't even expect to get a guy like that," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. "When you get a guy like that, it's like a dream come true. An All-Pro who can help you get better in practice, and your overall team gets better, on and off the field."...

  2. Bucs make first 13 cuts, including DE English, Meredith

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    Defensive end Larry English, the former first-round pick who was challenging Da'Quan Bowers for a roster spot, is among 13 players who have been cut by the Bucs as the team trims its roster from 75 players to the final 53. Gone, too, is veteran offensive lineman Jamon Meredith, who started 20 games in the past two seasons but had fallen out of the starting lineup in preseason.

    English, who had two sacks last weekend against Buffalo, had a quiet game in Thursday's preseason finale against the Redskins, with one assisted tackle and an offsides penalty (which was declined) in 39 snaps. The Bucs still have Scott Solomon on roster as another challenger to Bowers, who has been sidelined the last three games of preseason....

  3. Askew, Lewis among 7 confirmed Bucs cuts

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    Undrafted rookies Nate Askew and Keith Lewis, who came up with end-zone interceptions in Thursday's preseason finale, were still among seven players confirmed as cuts as the Bucs trim their roster from 75 to 53 players by Saturday afternoon.

    Also confirmed Friday morning: cornerbacks Marc Anthony and Kip Edwards, fullback Lonnie Pryor, defensive end T.J. Fatinikun and linebacker Ka'Lial Glaud. We're working to confirm additional cuts this morning, and Lovie Smith will address the media at 2 p.m. today and may be in position to confirm the initial wave of cuts. The Bucs and all NFL teams have until 4 p.m. Saturday to cut their roster to 53 players....

  4. Notes: Rookies step up with end-zone INTs

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    TAMPA -- Given their last opportunity to make a case for the Bucs' regular-season roster, a pair of undrafted rookies came up with end-zone interceptions in Thursday's game against the Redskins.

    CB Keith Lewis -- from all-but-unknown Virginia-Lynchburg -- intercepted a Colt McCoy pass in coverage to end one Redskins drive, and with 18 seconds left in the first half, LB Nate Askew of Texas A&M came up with a deflected pass on second and goal to stop another threat....

  5. Bucs rookies Keith Lewis, Nate Askew shine against Redskins

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    TAMPA — Given their last opportunity to make a case for making the Bucs' regular-season roster, a pair of undrafted rookies came up with end-zone interceptions in Thursday's game against the Redskins.

    CB Keith Lewis, from Virginia-Lynchburg, intercepted a Colt McCoy pass in coverage to end one Redskins drive, and with 18 seconds left in the first half, LB Nate Askew, of Texas A&M, came up with a deflected pass on second and goal to stop another threat....

    Bucs linebacker Nate Askew, an undrafted rookie, intercepts a deflected pass in the end zone to stop a Redskins threat.
  6. Starters watch as Bucs fall 24-10 in preseason finale

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    TAMPA -- Nearly all the starters had the night off -- even backup Mike Glennon only played one series -- and the Bucs went through the motions in finishing the preseason with a 24-10 loss to the Redskins on Thursday night.

    With reserves -- many of which will be cut in the next 48 hours -- getting most of the snaps, the Bucs were outgained 445-137 with four minutes to play. There were flashes of positive play from three undrafted rookies -- receiver Solomon Patton had a 25-yard touchdown catch, and cornerback Keith Lewis and linebacker Nate Askew had interceptions in the end zone to spoil Redskins drives....

  7. Preseason finale: Bucs trail Redskins 24-10 late

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    Greetings from Raymond James Stadium, where the Bucs will close out the preseason tonight against the Redskins, with nearly all the Tampa Bay starters expected to have the night off.

    We'll have updates throughout the game here -- and more immediately on Twitter at @gregauman, @MBakerTBTimes and @NFLstroud -- so follow along while you watch Mike Glennon and a band of backups close out the preseason....

  8. What to watch for: Bucs' final position battles ...

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    The Bucs' final preseason game is tonight at Raymond James Stadium against the Redskins, and while most starters will get the night off entirely, the backups stepping in will help determine the last roster spots as the team trims its roster to 53 players.

    Don't underestimate the possibility of the Bucs scouring the waiver wire, finding the best players cut loose by other teams to address positions where depth is still a concern within the current roster....

    Connor Barth has done nothing in preseason to hurt his position, but Patrick Murray has turned coaches' heads.
  9. Bucs fight for final roster spots

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    TAMPA — For most of the Bucs starters, it's a night off.

    On the other end of the roster, however, tonight's preseason finale against the Redskins is the last chance. One more game to convince the Bucs you belong on the 53-man roster, which is why fullback Jorvorskie Lane will play with his left hand heavily wrapped after a "deep, deep bruise" last week, and why cornerback Anthony Gaitor is playing safety for the first time since high school....

    Larry English, right, the Chargers’ first-round draft pick in 2009 out of Northern Illinois, joined the Bucs halfway through preseason camp.
  10. For Bucs on bubble, preseason finale far from meaningless

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    TAMPA -- For most of the Bucs' starters, it's a night off.

    On the other end of the roster, however, tonight's preseason finale against the Redskins is the last chance. One more game to convince the Bucs you belong on the 53-man roster, which is why fullback Jorvorskie Lane will still play with his left hand heavily wrapped after a "deep, deep bruise" last week, and why cornerback Anthony Gaitor is playing safety for the first time since high school....

  11. Who is Logan Mankins? Glimpse at new Bucs guard

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    We still don't know when Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins will join the Bucs here in Tampa or when he'll first speak with local media, but you can learn a lot about the 32-year-old by reading stories from his outstanding nine-year run with the Patriots.

    Best story I've found? This 2005 piece from Jerome Solomon, then with the Boston Globe, looking at the frightening accident that changed Mankins' life as a teenager and his life growing up in a small town in the mountains of northern California, better known for winning $10,000 in rodeo roping competitions than anything involving football....

  12. Ex-USF guard Warren excited for reunions in Tampa

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    Jeremiah Warren started all 38 games in his final three seasons as an offensive lineman at USF, and the 26-year-old is excited to return to Tampa after being claimed off waivers by the Bucs on Tuesday.

    "I had just gotten back home to see family and got the call out of nowhere. It was a blessing in disguise," Warren said from his home in Panama City. "I look forward to playing back in Raymond James Stadium again. It's just like coming home for me."...

  13. Jeff Tedford to miss Bucs game against Washington

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    TAMPA — The Bucs' new-look offense will be without its architect in the final preseason game.

    Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford will miss Thursday's home game against Washington as he recovers from an undisclosed medical procedure, coach Lovie Smith said Tuesday.

    Tedford had the procedure Monday, but Smith has revealed little else about the first-year assistant's status....

    Mike Glennon (8), who has seen a lot of preseason action, including Aug. 16 against Miami, will probably start at quarterback Thursday night against Washington, coach Lovie Smith says.
  14. Tedford, still sidelined, will miss Redskins game

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    Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, still recovering from a medical procedure earlier this week, will not be in attendance for the team's preseason finale at home against the Redskins on Thursday night, coach Lovie Smith said.

    "He is still out for a period of time. We don't exactly how long," he said. "We just know the procedure went well. He's fine, alert, up. We'll take our time with him. He will not be at the game Thursday and we hope to get him back soon."...

  15. Bucs trade for Pro Bowl guard Mankins

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    TAMPA -- One day after courting former Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, the Bucs went in a different direction, making an even larger move to trade for Logan Mankins, a six-time Pro Bowl guard with the New England Patriots.

    "We're very excited to acquire a player like Logan," said general manager Jason Licht, who worked in the Patriots' front office from 2009-11. "We feel very fortunate. Logan is a very good player. (I'm a) first-hand witness to what he means in the locker room as well. His play on the field speaks for itself."...