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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. One Buc and his wife keep faith in dire decision

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    TAMPA — Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Evan Rodriguez and his newlywed wife, Olivia, eagerly anticipated the July trip to the doctor's office to find out the gender of their unborn child.

    If it was a girl, they would name her Layla Sky because "I'm always looking at the sky," said Rodriguez, 26, who joined the Bucs last season.

    But the sonogram tech had a dire message: "I don't want to make you guys nervous or anything, but her head doesn't look all there," Evan remembered hearing....

    Evan Rodriguez, a fullback with the Bucs, and his wife Olivia Rodriguez, sat for a portrait on Thursday at their home in Tampa. 

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  2. WR Murphy, DT Spence open camp with injuries

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    The Bucs will open training camp with two top reserves sidelined by injuries, with defensive tackle Akeem Spence out with a back injury and receiver Louis Murphy out with an ankle injury.

    Officially, the Bucs placed Spence on the physically unable to perform list, while Murphy is on the non-football injury list. Both still count toward the team's 90-player roster limit and can be moved to the active roster whenever they're deemed healthy....

    The Bucs placed wide receiver Louis Murphy on the non-football injury list with an ankle injury.
  3. Bucs defense eager to prepare Winston for NFL

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    On both sides of the ball, there's already a healthy respect for Bucs rookie Jameis Winston and the work ethic he's shown in a first impression to teammates during OTAs and mandatory minicamp. Just the same, the Bucs defense is eager to test Winston in training camp, knowing it will better prepare him for the physical challenges he'll face during the regular season.

    "He's going to be tested during this camp," said defensive end George Johnson, acquired from the Lions this spring and likely a first-year starter. "We feel like we're going to be the best team to give him the test. When we actually give him our all, he's going to get better, and then when he gets into games, he'll be like 'I've seen this before. Our guys play a lot tougher than this,' and he's going to play good."...

    Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy arrives for training camp.
  4. Bucs players arrive for start of training camp

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    Without much fanfare, some arriving as the sun was rising, Bucs players reported for the start of training camp at One Buc Place on Friday morning, optimistic about improving on a disappointing 2-14 record last season.

    A year ago, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was jovial, doing interviews in a bathrobe, but Friday, he barely spoke a word as he reported for camp. Same for rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, who like McCoy will address the media after Saturday afternoon's first practice....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneer wide receiver Mike Evans talks to reporters at One Buc Place as he reported to training camp
  5. Bucs add coaching interns

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    TAMPA — Three of Bus coach Lovie Smith's former players are joining the staff for training camp, including ex-Bucs linebacker Alshermond Singleton, who is on a Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship.

    Singleton, 39, played for the Bucs from 1997-2002 and was on their 2002 Super Bowl championship team. He played under Smith when Smith was a Bucs assistant from 1996-2000.

    The other two former Smith players were with him with the Bears. Ex-receiver Johnny Knox, 28, caught 12 touchdown passes for the Bears from 2009-11. He is also on a Walsh fellowship. Ex-defensive end Mark Anderson, 32, had 12 sacks as a rookie on Smith's Super Bowl team in 2006. He is on a Wooten-Nunn Scouting Fellowship....

  6. LB Singleton back with Bucs as coaching intern

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    Three of Lovie Smith's former players will join the Bucs coaching staff for training camp, including another former Bucs linebacker in Alshermond Singleton, who is part of the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship.

    Singleton, 39, who played for the Bucs from 1997-2002 and was on Tampa Bay's Super Bowl championship squad, played linebacker under Smith as a Bucs assistant from 1997-2000. The Bucs already have two former linebackers on staff in linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson and director of football operations Shelton Quarles....

  7. Bucs sign three defensive backs, waive two

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    TAMPA — Two days before veterans report for the start of training camp, the Bucs tweaked the bottom of their roster Wednesday, signing three young defensive backs and waiving two undrafted rookies.

    Gone are former Texas A&M CB Deshazor Everett and former Minnesota S Derrick Wells. Signed were former South Carolina State S Kimario McFadden, former Bowling Green CB Jude Adjei-Barimah and former West Chester CB Al-Hajj Shabazz....

  8. Bucs sign three new DBs, waive two

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    Two days before veterans report for the start of training camp, the Bucs have tweaked the bottom of their roster, signing three young defensive backs and waiving two undrafted rookies.

    Gone are former Texas A&M cornerback Deshazor Everett and former Minnesota safety Derrick Wells, replaced by former Bowling Green cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah, former South Carolina State safety Kimario McFadden and former West Chester corner Al-Hajj Shabazz....

  9. Bucs rookies have full schedule already

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    TAMPA — Bucs veterans report for training camp on Friday, but 21 rookies are already in town, reporting Monday for a busy week of meetings and getting acclimated for their first practice Saturday afternoon.

    That included a bonding trip Tuesday morning to Pin Chasers in Tampa for some friendly bowling competition with the rookies from Tampa Fire and Rescue. But Bucs players said they have long days this week preparing for the grind of training camp....

    Bucs rookie quarterback Jameis Winston said he’s “back at a good weight” — 236 pounds — after some offseason speculation.
  10. Bucs to sign rookie CB Jude Adjei-Barimah

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    Adding depth before the start of training camp, the Bucs on Wednesday will sign cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah, an undrafted rookie from Bowling Green.

    Adjei-Barimah, 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, had 82 tackles as a senior in 2014, including four tackles for loss. He went to rookie minicamp with the Jaguars as a tryout player, but was not signed.

    His signing will bring the Bucs back to a maximum 90 players for the start of training camp Saturday, replacing C.J. Wilson, who was placed on the reserve-retired list last week after losing two fingers in a fireworks accident July 4....

  11. Bowers will compete inside at defensive tackle

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    Da'Quan Bowers played primarily at defensive end in his four seasons with the Bucs, but general manager Jason Licht said Tuesday that the former second-round pick, re-signed Monday, will get a look as a defensive tackle.

    The Bucs have four established veterans there in Gerald McCoy, Henry Melton, Clinton McDonald and Akeem Spence, so for Bowers to make the team, he'd likely need to convince the Bucs they need to carry a fifth defensive tackle. Bowers played some inside at "three technique" last season, especially in nickel situations....

  12. Bowl trip: Bucs rookies preparing for busy camp

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    Bucs veterans report for the start of training camp on Friday, but 21 rookies are already in town, reporting Monday for a busy week of meetings and getting acclimated for their first practice Saturday afternoon.

    That included a bonding trip to Pin Chasers in Tampa on Tuesday morning for some friendly bowling competition with the rookies from Tampa Fire and Rescue, but the Bucs players said they have long days this week preparing for the grind of training camp this weekend....

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston bowls with Tampa Fire Rescue.
  13. DE DaQuan Bowers re-signs with Bucs for one season

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    TAMPA — Da'Quan Bowers will get at least one more chance to show the Bucs, and the NFL, he is worth another look.

    The Bucs re-signed the defensive lineman, who hadn't garnered much attention as a free agent, to a one-year contract Monday, four days before players report to training camp. The deal includes no signing bonus or guaranteed money.

    A second-round pick by the Bucs in 2011 after leading the nation in sacks at Clemson, Bowers hasn't lived up to lofty pre-draft expectations. In four seasons with Tampa Bay he has played in 50 games, including 10 starts, and recorded seven career sacks. For that, Bowers was paid $3.885 million....

    Da’Quan Bowers
  14. Former Florida QB Chris Leak joins Bucs' youth outreach program

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    On a rainy Saturday morning at Skyway Park near the airport in Tampa, 41 young football players, ranging from fourth grade to high school, took part in the Bucs' first-ever "Cannonfire QB Clinic" youth camp, part of the team's new football development program.

    The community outreach effort is an extension of the Bucs' marketing department and includes director Darrell Taylor, who has a background with the Boys and Girls Clubs in Orlando, and Chris Leak, the starting quarterback on Florida's 2006 national championship team and the Gators' receivers coach last season....

     01 13 2007 - GAINESVILLE - Florida quarterback Chris Leak leaves the field for the last time as a Gator. The Florida Gators celebrated their 2006 BCS National Championship with fans at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday (1/1/3/07).  BRIAN CASSELLA  |  Times  STORY SUMMARY - Gators' title celebration.
  15. Bucs WR Mike Evans shows off NFL shield tattoo

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    TAMPA — The NFL brand is strong in Bucs receiver Mike Evans, who has commemorated being drafted No. 7 overall last year with a tattoo on his right arm.

    Evans posted a photo on Instagram showing off the new art, which has a large NFL shield logo with the words "2014 1ST RD. 7TH PICK" underneath.

    He got the tattoo at a shop in his hometown of Galveston, Texas, spending five hours in the chair Saturday with tattoo artist Gotti Flores....

    Courtesty of @mikeevans