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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


Blog: Bucs Beat

Twitter: @GregAuman

  1. Bucs WR Mike Evans likes what he sees from Jameis Winston


    TAMPA — Bucs WR Mike Evans says he preferred new teammate Jameis Winston to Marcus Mariota because he delivers the ball from the pocket, though Evans caught passes from scrambling QB Johnny Manziel while the two were at Texas A&M.

    "Out of him and Mariota, I liked Winston more," Evans said Tuesday. "He doesn't run as much. With that being said, I think he'll come in and do well for us. He can sit in the pocket and deliver the ball. That's more opportunities for the receiver. Mariota can play ball as well."...

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) fends off Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) and Atlanta Falcons strong safety Kemal Ishmael (36) for a first down in the third quarter during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. The Falcons won 27-17. (Brendan Fitterer/Tampa Bay Times/MCT)   1159811
  2. Coach: LB Kwon Alexander can make quick impact for Bucs


    John Chavis has been coaching college football since 1979, and the former LSU defensive coordinator says the Bucs found a playmaker in Tigers linebacker Kwon Alexander, a fourth-round draft pick who could make an impact this fall even though he's still only 20 years old.

    "He's a very talented young man. The reason he's going to play early is he's very powerful, he can change direction with the best of them and he has tremendous speed," said Chavis, now at Texas A&M after serving as Alexander's linebackers coach for all three years....

    Kwon Alexander could be challenging veteran Danny Lansanah for the starting role at strongside linebacker.
  3. Rookie in at left tackle, Dotson told he's back on right


    After a three-game audition at left tackle at the end of last season, Demar Dotson spent the offseason training as if that were his future position, but the Bucs' drafting of Donovan Smith in the second round Friday means he's moving back to right tackle.

    "When I left, there were indications that I was going to come back and start off on the left, so I did train myself, prepare myself to come back and play left," Dotson said. "Shortly after we got back (April 20), they said it depends on who we draft. Then after we drafted the kid from, I'm not sure where he's from, but the kid, Donovan kid, they said they were going to put me back to right and perhaps put that kid on the left."...

    Demar Dotson has two years remaining on a contract that will pay him $2.5-million this season.
  4. Former sprinter tries to make Bucs — at defensive end


    TAMPA — If Jamal Young is half as good as his story is, the Bucs might have found the help they need at defensive end in the unlikeliest of places.

    Young, 6 feet 4 and 240 pounds, signed with the Bucs as an undrafted rookie free agent on Monday. That's where the normal part of his path to the NFL ends.

    "It's a blessing," said Young, 25, who signed after playing two years at Jones County Junior College in Mississippi, this after graduating with a degree from Southern Miss after running track for the Golden Eagles. "A lot of emotions. It's strange how it all came about. The Lord works in mysterious ways."...

    Jamal Young ran track at Southern Mississippi, and at the time has only played one year of high school football. After graduating from USM he went to a junior college and has now parlayed his football experience there into a contract with the Bucs.  [Photo Courtesy of Southern Mississippi]
  5. New names join growing list for Bucs rookie minicamp


    The Bucs haven't released an official list of the undrafted rookie free agents they've signed, but one by one, we've pieced together quite a few names -- 30 and growing -- expected in for the rookie minicamp at One Buc Place starting Friday.

    First, here's our notes from Monday's paper, leading with the wild coincidence of one of the Bucs' tryout players, Cal Poly LB Cameron Untko, sitting next to Jameis Winston at a bible study for athletes while both were training in San Diego this spring....

  6. Lesser-known players get chance at Bucs minicamp


    TAMPA — The Bucs' rookie minicamp next weekend will have players who run the gamut, from the draft's No. 1 overall pick, former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, to nearly anonymous small-school players on tryout contracts hoping to land deals as undrafted rookie free agents.

    That doesn't mean the players' paths haven't crossed. Consider Cameron Ontko, a linebacker from Division I-AA Cal Poly, a tryout player who sat next to Winston at a Bible study meeting this spring when both were training in San Diego....

    Jason Licht speaks during the press conference following the decision to draft former Florida State player Jameis Winston as the first pick of the NFL Draft for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at One Buc Place in Tampa on Thursday, April 30, 2015. During the press conference Jason Licht and coach Lovie Smith spoke to the media.
  7. Bucs pick up seven undrafted free agents


    Bucs general manager Jason Licht said Saturday that he was excited for the "eighth round" — the frenetic courtship of undrafted rookies to sign free-agent contracts immediately after the draft. The team was busy into the night, with seven players either tweeting or being reported as signing with the Bucs. There's room for 14 signings beyond Tampa Bay's seven draft picks before they reach the roster maximum of 90 players. Here are quick looks at the newest Bucs additions:...

    TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 22: Josh Keyes #25 of the Boston College Eagles attempts to take down Jesus Wilson #3 of the Florida State Seminoles during the first half at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Gammons/Getty Images)
  8. Fourth-rounder Kwon Alexander to compete for Bucs linebacker job


    TAMPA — In two years under coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht, the Bucs have used just one of 13 draft picks on a defensive player.

    Tampa Bay tried to make the most of that pick Saturday, trading up in the fourth round to draft Kwon Alexander, a 20-year-old linebacker from LSU who is expected to compete for the team's strongside linebacker job.

    "I feel great. I can't wait to get up there, have fun and do my job and get a championship with the Bucs," Alexander said by phone after the draft....

    Bucs GM Jason Licht said the team had identified Kwon Alexander, left, as one of the top outside linebackers in the draft and will give him a shot to compete for the starting strongside job. [Getty Images]
  9. Bucs get quick start on undrafted rookie free agents


    Bucs general manager Jason Licht said Saturday he was excited  for the "eighth round" -- the frenetic courtship of undrafted rookie to sign free-agent contracts immediately after the draft.

    The Bucs were busy Saturday night, with at least 10 players either tweeting or being reported as signing with the Bucs -- there's room for 14 signings beyond Tampa Bay's seven draft picks before they reach the roster maximum of 90 players....

  10. Bucs finish draft with Hawaii fullback Joey Iosefa


    Many Bucs fans had hoped Tampa Bay would open the draft with a player from Hawaii, but the Bucs instead finished their draft there, taking Hawaii fullback Joey Iosefa with their seventh-round pick to round out a seven-player class.

    Iosefa, 6 feet and 245 pounds, was limited to six games as a senior due to injury and a three-game suspension following a DUI arrest. He averaged better than 100 rushing yards per game, finishing the year with eight touchdowns....

    Joey Iosefa averaged better than 100 rushing yards per game, finishing the year with eight touchdowns.
  11. Bucs use sixth-round pick on Utah WR/returner Kaelin Clay


    After going through four different return specialists in 2014, the Bucs took a big step toward finding an answer on special teams, using their sixth-round pick Saturday on Utah receiver Kaelin Clay, who led Division I-A with four total touchdowns on returns last fall.

    Clay, a 5-foot-10, 193-pound receiver, returned three punts for touchdowns and scored on a kickoff return as well, also catching 43 passes for 523 yards and four scores. In two years of junior college football at Mt. San Antonio College, he had six touchdowns on returns, including five on kickoffs....

    Utah receiver Kaelin Clay led Division I-A with four total touchdowns on returns last fall.
  12. Bucs trade up for LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander


    The Bucs have their first defensive draft pick in nearly two years.

    Tampa Bay traded away a seventh-round pick to move up four spots in the fourth round Saturday, dealing up to land Kwon Alexander, a 6-foot-1, 227-pound linebacker who led LSU in tackles last year. Alexander, who left after his junior season, is only 20 years old and won't turn 21 until August, after the Bucs have reported to training camp. ...

    Kwon Alexander, left, celebrates a defensive stop against Alabama with LSU teammate Davon Godchaux, right.
  13. Penn State coach: Bucs rookie Donovan Smith a 'dancing bear'


    The Bucs' new offensive linemen, drafted in the second round Friday, are known for their athleticism, and Penn State coach James Franklin said Friday night raved about the way tackle Donovan Smith moves for a player his size. 

    "He's a first-round talent. I don't think there's any doubt," Franklin said. "There's just not too many guys out there with his measurables, his athleticism, his power and strength. He has a rare combination of skills that not too many guys have. He's charismatic, he's articulate, he's intelligent, he has all the things necessary to be successful and we're really rooting for him in State College, Pa."...

      DonovanSmith was drafted by the Bucs with the second pick of the second round, and general manager Jason Licht made it clear he'll be given the opportunity to be the team's starting left tackle.
  14. New Bucs lineman Ali Marpet emerges from Division III Hobart


    TAMPA — To appreciate the giant leap that offensive lineman Ali Marpet is making, going from tiny Division III Hobart College in New York to be a second-round draft pick of the Bucs on Friday night, consider his head coach.

    Mike Cragg has coached at Hobart since 1996, with only one player so much as making an NFL camp and still never playing in a game. Hobart's last NFL player was in 1937, which is to say Marpet's selection Friday was celebrated not only at Hobart but on small-school campuses across the country....

    Hobart offensive lineman Ali Marpet made a splash at the Senior Bowl, then again at the NFL combine.
  15. Jameis Winston signs rookie contract with Bucs


    The day after becoming the Bucs' No. 1 draft pick, former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston wasted no time in making things official, signing a four-year contract even before he was introduced to the media at One Buc Place.

    "I'm glad we got the contract stuff out of the way," said Winston, wearing a dark suit and red Bucs hat as he was formally introduced. No financial terms were immediately released, but the NFL's collective bargaining agreement slots contract with minimal need for negotiation....

    As with all 2015 first-round picks, the Bucs have Jameis Winston signed through the 2018 season, with the option in 2018 to pick up a fifth-year option for the 2019 season as well.