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 to be healthier for Vikings

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    TAMPA — As much as at any time this season, the Bucs look to be healthy when the Vikings come to town Sunday, with the extra rest of a bye week allowing several key players to recover from lingering injuries.

    "We realize only 46 guys can (play out of 53), but it's good to have everybody in front of us, to be able to choose," coach Lovie Smith said Friday, naming only backup LB Brandon Magee (knee) as being out for Sunday. "The week has gone the way we wanted it to in all phases."...

    The Bucs’ Johnthan Banks, left, celebrates an interception with Alterraun Verner during the second quarter of a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome on October 5, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  2. Bucs, for once, healthy as Vikings come to town

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    As much as at any time this season, the Bucs look to be healthy Sunday when the Vikings come to town, with the extra rest of a bye week allowing several key players to recover from lingering injuries.

    "We realize only 46 guys can (play out of 53), but it's good to have everybody in front of us, to be able to choose," said coach Lovie Smith, naming only backup linebacker Brandon Magee (knee) as being out for Sunday. "The week has gone the way we wanted it to in all phases."...

  3. Winning on road no easy task for rookie QBs

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    Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will have his work cut out for him as soon as the Vikings' flight leaves Minneapolis for Sunday's game in Tampa.

    Winning on the road in the NFL isn't easy for anyone, but for rookie quarterbacks, it's especially difficult. The 14 quarterbacks drafted in the first round over the last five years are a combined 20-51 on the road -- that same group of rookies went 38-35 at home, almost twice as likely to win there as on the road....

  4. Rookie Patton lands with Cardinals' practice squad

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    The first time the Bucs cut rookie return specialist Solomon Patton, they were able to sign him back to the practice squad and soon after, back to the 53-man roster, where he handled return duties for the team's first six games.

    But when the former Gators star was cut by the Bucs this week, he was signed to the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad, according to agent Hadley Engelhard. The Bucs opted to go with Trindon Holliday, who has had four returns for touchdowns in the past three seasons, along with another two in a 2012 playoff game....

  5. Vincent Jackson on trade talk: 'I'm happy here in Tampa'

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    TAMPA — Bucs WR Vincent Jackson has reportedly drawn interest from other NFL teams before next week's trade deadline, but the 31-year-old said Thursday he wants to help turn around his team in Tampa Bay.

    "In this business, those kind of things get talked about quite often. Each and every year, there's going to be guys moved around to different teams," Jackson said. "I'm not surprised by it. Obviously I appreciate teams' interest, but I'm happy here in Tampa. I've heard nothing here that would suggest I'm going anywhere. I'm going to let that pass on and keep doing my job."...

    Vincent Jackson has a team-high 25 catches for 344 yards and two touchdowns this year, but is also paid among the top 10 receivers in the league, with a base salary of $10 million and two years left on his contract. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  6. Jackson flattered by trade talk, but wants to win with Bucs

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    Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson's name has come up as drawing interest from other NFL teams before next week's trade deadline, but the 31-year-old said Thursday he wants to help turn around his team in Tampa Bay.

    "In this business, those kind of things get talked about quite often. Each and every year, there's going to be guys moved around to different teams," Jackson said. "I'm not surprised by it. Obviously I appreciate teams' interest, but I'm happy here in Tampa. I've heard nothing here that would suggest I'm going anywhere. I'm going to let that pass on and keep doing my job."...

  7. QBs Glennon, Bridgewater have faced off before

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    Two young quarterbacks will go head to head Sunday when Vikings rookie Teddy Bridgewater comes to Tampa to face the Bucs and second-year quarterback Mike Glennon, but it won't be the first time the two passers have met on the field.

    Three years ago, the two played in the 2011 Belk Bowl in Charlotte, where Glennon threw for three touchdowns in the first half and N.C. State held off Louisville 31-24 in Bridgewater's freshman year. The Cardinals trailed 31-10 late in the third quarter, but Bridgewater rallied them back with two touchdowns, with a shot at a game-tying touchdown in the final minutes....

  8. Trindon Holliday brings track speed to Bucs return game

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    TAMPA — The Bucs are seeking a spark after a 1-5 start. It could come on the opening kickoff Sunday, when Tampa Bay fans might get their first look at return specialist Trindon Holliday, who joined the team Wednesday.

    Since the start of the 2012 season, including playoffs, Holliday has an NFL-high six touchdowns on returns — three on punts, three on kicks — while the Bucs and five other teams have none in the same span. With track-star speed in a 5-foot-5 frame, Holliday gives Tampa Bay a scoring threat the team has lacked in recent years....

    Ex-Bronco Trindon Holliday is the only player to score on a kick and punt return in a playoff game.
  9. After week off, Bucs excited about Holliday

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    TAMPA -- As the Bucs seek a spark to change their team after a 1-5 start, that could change on the opening kickoff Sunday, when Bucs fans may get their first look at new return specialist Trindon Holliday, who joined the team Wednesday.

    Since the start of the 2012 season, Holliday has an NFL-high six touchdowns on kick returns -- three on punts, three on returns -- while the Bucs and five other teams have none in the same span. With track-star speed in a tiny 5-foot-5 frame, Holliday gives Tampa Bay a scoring threat the team has lacked in recent years....

  10. Bucs sign Holliday, cut Patton amid flurry of moves

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    Returning from their bye week, the Bucs made a handful of roster moves Tuesday, most notably the signing of former Broncos return specialist Trindon Holliday and the release of undrafted rookie Solomon Patton, who had handled return duties in the first six games.

    The Bucs also cut defensive end Scott Solomon and promoted T.J. Fatinikun from the practice squad -- they'll need help on the defensive line in the next two games while Da'Quan Bowers is suspended for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances....

  11. NFL suspends Bucs' Da'Quan Bowers

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    TAMPA — Bucs defensive lineman Da'Quan Bowers was suspended for two games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the team's second such suspension in the past week.

    Bowers, who has provided depth at defensive tackle and end this season, will miss Sunday's home game against the Vikings, as well as a Nov. 2 game at Cleveland. He can return to the roster Nov. 3. ...

    Da’Quan Bowers
  12. Bucs DL Bowers suspended 2 games for PEDs

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    Bucs defensive lineman Da'Quan Bowers has been suspended for two games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the team's second such suspension in the past week.

    Bowers, who has provided depth at defensive tackle and end this season, will miss the Bucs' home game Sunday against the Vikings, as well as the game at Cleveland next week, then can return to the roster on Nov. 3. His suspension will coincide with that of fullback Jorvorskie Lane, who was handed down the same suspension last week....

  13. Bucs fire player mentor after DUI charge

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    TAMPA — Bucs director of player development Isaiah Harris was fired Thursday, hours after he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.

    "Every member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is held to a high standard," general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. "This type of incident, particularly for someone whose primary responsibilities are to mentor and develop our players off the field, cannot be tolerated. Due to the nature of his position and the expectations placed on our staff, we made the organizational decision to part ways with Isaiah."...

  14. Bucs part ways with assistant after DUI arrest

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    Just hours after news of his arrest on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, the Bucs announced Thursday that they have parted ways with Isaiah Harris, the team's director of player development.

    "Every member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is held to a high standard," Bucs general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. "This type of incident, particularly for someone whose primary responsibilities are to mentor and develop our players off the field, cannot be tolerated. Due to the nature of his position and the expectations placed on our staff, we made the organizational decision to part ways with Isaiah."...

  15. Bucs assistant arrested on DUI charge

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    Isaiah Harris, who followed Lovie Smith from Chicago to Tampa this year as the Bucs' director of player development, was arrested early Thursday morning on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, accused of rear-ending a car in a Taco Bell drive-thru.

    Harris, 35, refused to have his blood-alcohol content tested after being stopped by the Tampa Police Department at 2:06 a.m. Thursday in north Tampa. He was booked at 4:35 a.m. and released at 11:06 a.m. on a $500 bond....