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 2004-3.

Phone: (813) 226-3346

Email: auman@tampabay.com

Blog: Bucs Beat

Twitter: @GregAuman

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  1. Weather cuts first Bucs practice short

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    TAMPA — After months of waiting, the Bucs gathered in the end zone for their first practice Friday afternoon at One Buc Place, then broke the team huddle to the cheers of fans in the stands.

    And 10 minutes later, alarms sounded for nearby lightning, sending the team inside for an hour and 50 minutes. The team returned, again to fans' delight, only to be sent in 40 minutes later by more lightning, ending the first day early....

    First-round pick Mike Evans, who tweaked his hamstring in May, takes part in passing drills during the Bucs’ first practice.
  2. Rain delays won't change Bucs' late-afternoon plans

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    TAMPA -- After months of waiting, the Bucs gathered in the end zone for their first practice Friday afternoon at One Buc Place, then broke the team huddle to the cheers of fans in the stands.

    And 10 minutes later, alarms sounded for nearby lightning, sending the team inside for an hour and 50 minutes. The team returned, again to fans' delight, only to be sent in 40 minutes later by more lightning, ending their first day early....

  3. Bucs line will miss Nicks, but still confident

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    The Bucs' offensive linemen spoke with great respect for Carl Nicks after news that he and the team were parting ways, but at the same time, the remaining guards have confidence that they can step up as part of an improved Bucs line.

    "Our group, we're not even sweating it," said Jamon Meredith, who opens preseason as the starting left guard after starting 20 games the last two seasons. "We're going to miss Carl a lot. We like him as a player, we like him as a guy. I think y'all are going to be a little bit more panicky than we're going to be. ... We've lost Carl a few times in the past and we were able to bounce back. It's one of those unfortunate things, but I think we're built ready, built to bounce back from this."...

  4. Bucs part ways with injured guard Carl Nicks

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    A half-hour after the first practice of preseason started, the Bucs announced that they have "mutually agreed to part ways" with former Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks, who has been sidelined with a toe injury.

    "I'd like to think the Buccaneers organization for working with me as I have attempted to get myself back on the football field," Nicks said in a statement. "However, after careful consideration, I have made the decision to step away from the game. This was by no means an easy decision, but I believe that it was what is best for me and my family, as well as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers."...

  5. Derrick Brooks named an appeals officer for NFL

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    Soon-to-be Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks, already a busy man in his retirement, added another job to his work week. The NFL and NFLPA announced Friday that Brooks will serve as one of the league's two appeals officers.

    Brooks, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 2 in Canton, Ohio, will serve as an arbitrator for on-field discipline against players, hearing player appeals of fines levied for actions during games. He replaces former Vikings star Matt Birk, and will join former NFL coach Ted Cottrell in that role....

    Derrick Brooks will serve as an arbitrator for on-field discipline against players, hearing their appeals of fines.
  6. Brooks named as appeals officer for NFL

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    Soon-to-be Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks, already a busy man in his retirement, has added another job to his work week, announced Friday by the NFL and NFLPA as a new appeals officer for the league.

    Brooks, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next week in Canton, will serve as an arbitrator for on-field discipline against players, deciding appropriate punishment for fines levied for actions during games. He replaces former Vikings star Matt Birk, and will be one of two appeals officers, along with former NFL coach Ted Cottrell....

  7. Bucs' Josh McCown back as starting QB; obvious rookie quotes

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    Back in the saddle again

    QB Josh McCown reported to his 13th training camp Thursday, but it's his first as a starter in a decade. The 35-year-old was last counted on as the No. 1 in 2004 with the Cardinals. He then failed to throw a touchdown in his first four games and finished the season with 11 along with 10 interceptions for a team that went 6-10.

    "Very humbling, especially at this stage," said McCown, who went 3-2 as a starter with the Bears last season while throwing 13 touchdowns and one interception. "But I'm excited because you know where you stand going into camp. So it's definitely a little bit of a departure from different years. But I'm excited about it. I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be fun....

    Second-round draft pick TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (87) stands on the sidelines during Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie mini-camp on Friday, May 16, 2014.
  8. Bucs claim LB Magee off waivers from Browns

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    The Bucs made two transactions Thursday as players reported for the start of training camp, claiming linebacker Brandon Magee off waivers from the Browns and placing defensive end Ronald Talley on the non-football injury list.

    Magee, 23, played collegiately at Arizona State and played in eight games with Cleveland last year, totaling five tackles. He's the second linebacker added by the Bucs in as many days, joining undrafted rookie Jeremy Grable of Valdosta State....

  9. Bucs' Nicks excused from reporting day for personal reasons

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    TAMPA — Bucs G Carl Nicks has not gone to work on a football field in about 10 months. He will have to wait at least another day.

    Nicks did not report to training camp Thursday and was excused for personal reasons, coach Lovie Smith said. The absence, apparently, is not related to the toe injury or MRSA staph infection that limited him to nine games over the past two seasons. Smith said he was excused only for the day....

    Carl Nicks, pictured during minicamp, did not report to training camp Thursday and was excused for personal reasons, coach Love Smith said. [DANIEL WALLACE | Times]
  10. Bucs can't wait to begin first camp under Lovie Smith

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    TAMPA — It was barely 7:15 a.m. Thursday when Gerald McCoy walked up to One Buc Place, reporting for training camp in a red robe and slippers like a kid on Christmas morning.

    Many players had already arrived before sunrise, and if it seemed as if the defensive tackle and his teammates couldn't wait for their first camp under coach Lovie Smith, well, they weren't the only ones.

    "I know I'm not jumping up with pompoms right now, but believe me, I've seen this day for a long time," Smith said. "There's a lot of us excited about getting out there on the football field."...

    The Bucs’ new starting quarterback, Josh McCown, reports to training camp.
  11. Long wait over, Bucs arrive for preseason camp

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    TAMPA -- It was barely 7:15 a.m. Thursday when Gerald McCoy walked up to One Buc Place, reporting for training camp in a red robe and slippers like a kid on Christmas morning.

    Many players had already arrived before sunrise, and if it seemed like the Bucs couldn't wait for their first camp under Lovie Smith, well, they weren't the only ones.

    "I know I'm not jumping up with pompoms right now, but believe me, I've seen this day for a long time," Smith said. "We have. There's a lot of us excited about getting out there on the football field."...

  12. McCoy excited about improved Bucs offense, McCown

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    TAMPA -- Gerald McCoy is eager to see the Bucs defense get back to being a dominating unit, but he has high expectations for improvement on the other side of the ball this season as well.

    "I'm really excited to see what happens with our offense. They have so many dynamic players on that side of the ball," he said. "I'm excited to see how the o-line comes together. I don't know how much people really know how good Josh McCown is. I think a lot of people are about to see how good he really is."...

    Gerald McCoy arrived for training camp wearing a robe and slippers.
  13. Bowers eager to show he can play up to potential

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    TAMPA -- The morning after his general manager challenged him to show up and prove something in training camp, Bucs defensive end Da'Quan Bowers said he knows he must be more than he's been in his first three NFL seasons.

    "No question about it, I owe it to this organization, owe it to this team. I've been here long enough, and I haven't really been that player that I know I can be," he said. "I think it's time I really put forth that extra foot, to be that player that I know I'm capable of being."...

    Da'Quan Bowers totaled just seven tackles last season and underwent knee surgery after being sidelined at the end of the year.
  14. Bucs' reporting day priority today: Da'Quan Bowers

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    TAMPA — Bucs players report for preseason training camp at 6:30 a.m. today, and GM Jason Licht made it clear Wednesday that there is some urgency to DE Da'Quan Bowers showing up and proving something to coaches.

    "The one player we hope shows up in shape and proves to us he wants to be a football player is Da'Quan Bowers, to be blunt about it," Licht said during an hourlong town hall meeting on WDAE-AM 620. "We need him to show up. He needs to prove to us that he wants to be on this team. We hope that he does and we're rooting for him."...

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers (91) looks to the coaches during the second quarter as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the New England Patriots during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium on Friday, August 16, 2013.
  15. Licht: Time for DE Bowers to show something

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    TAMPA -- Bucs players report for preseason training camp at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, and general manager Jason Licht made it clear Wednesday that there's some urgency to defensive end Da'Quan Bowers showing up and proving something to coaches.

    "The one player we hope shows up in shape and proves to us he wants to be a football player is Da'Quan Bowers, to be blunt about it," Licht said during an hourlong "town hall meeting" session on 620 WDAE AM. "We need him to show up. He needs to prove to us that he wants to be on this team. We hope that he does and we're rooting for him."...