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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. Mike Evans meets family of Bucs fan he scored TD for

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    One of the most emotional, special moments of last year's Bucs season came in Detroit in December when then-rookie receiver Mike Evans caught a touchdown pass, went down on one knee and said a short prayer, paying tribute to Drew Newsome, a Bucs fan from Largo who was battling a rare form of cancer....

  2. Bucs: Weather clears in time for practice

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    Weather clears up

    Continued heavy rains forced the Bucs to keep Monday's practice closed to the public, citing safety concerns with flooding in parts of the area, but the Bucs were pleasantly surprised to get their drills in without any rain.

    "I thought we were either going to USF again or no practice, but the weather cleared up for us and that was pretty good," WR Mike Evans (above) said. "We want to practice and get the practices out of the way so we can be ready for the 15th (preseason opener)."...

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht, left, and head coach Lovie Smith, right, pose for photos with their first-round pick, wide receiver Mike Evans, as he is introduced to local media at One Buc Place on Friday, May 9, 2014.
  3. Line shift: Kadeem Edwards gets look at right guard

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    Monday's afternoon practice at One Buc Place brought the Bucs' first session in full pads, with another tweak to the offensive line, which had second-year pro Kadeem Edwards working with the first-team line at right guard.

    "To come out here and compete against the best in the world, that's what the first day (in pads) is all about," said Edwards, who did not play as a rookie, inactive for the first nine games last year before suffering a season-ending injury to his right foot. "I worked my tail off in the offseason, just gave them pure confidence in me. I'm getting more comfortable, learning the system. It's an easy system to get down and a hard system to stop."...

  4. Bowers back with Bucs, but 'completely' changed, humbled

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    TAMPA -- Because Akeem Spence's back injury is serious enough to sideline him "a couple more months," the Bucs have a greater need for depth at defensive tackle, which is why the team brought Da'Quan Bowers back last week after he went unsigned on the free-agent market.

    Gone is the second-round draft pick with high expectations to fall short of, and in his place is a Bowers signed to a non-guaranteed, league-minimum contract, just fighting to make the Bucs' 53-man roster....

    Da'Quan Bowers had 21 tackles last year, 14 in four games while filling in at defensive tackle while Gerald McCoy was injured.
  5. Monday practice no longer open to fans due to rain

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    With heavy rains continuing to soak and even flood parts of Tampa, the Bucs have canceled the public viewing of Monday's afternoon practice, citing dangerous driving conditions getting to One Buc Place.

    The team may still practice at One Buc, or could practice off-site as they did during heavy rains Saturday. The next scheduled open practice is Tuesday at 9 a.m.

    The Bucs had to cancel Saturday's first practice at One Buc, holding a closed practice on USF's turf practice field on Saturday night. They were able to have practice as normal Sunday at One Buc, with a standing-room-only crowd watching Jameis Winston for the first time....

    Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans (13) high steps between defenders Bruce Carter (50) and Bradley McDougald (30) during training camp Sunday in Tampa. [AP photo]
  6. Bucs: World-record try at fantasy football draft party

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    Big-time fantasy draft

    TAMPA — Hours before the Bucs' first open practice at One Buc Place on Sunday, football fans filled the club area of Raymond James Stadium, hoping to set a world record for the largest fantasy football draft party.

    Hoping to top 500 participants, organizers had 40-plus tables, each with 10 fans drafting their own league, with former Bucs greats including Derrick Brooks, Mike Alstott and Ronde Barber mingling with them....

    Bucs Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks, right, offers his insights at a Raymond James Stadium fantasy draft party.
  7. Bucs tackle Spence out months after back surgery

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    TAMPA — The back injury that has sidelined DT Akeem Spence at the start of training camp required surgery last month and is serious enough that it will keep him from playing at the start of the season.

    "I'm probably a couple more months away," Spence said after watching practice Sunday, six weeks before the season starts on Sept. 13 against the Titans.

    Spence said he was lifting weights and it "caused something in my back to slip," requiring surgery July 2. His timetable for recovery makes him a candidate for the physically unable to perform list, which would keep him from taking up a spot on the 53-man roster but wouldn't allow him to play until after the first six games of the season....

    BLIND CATCH: Bucs receiver Robert Herron, left, gets corralled by cornerback Johnthan Banks as he tries to grab a pass during practice at One Buc Place.
  8. Back injury to sideline Akeem Spence for 'months'

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    The back injury that has sidelined Bucs defensive tackle Akeem Spence at the start of training camp required surgery last month and is serious enough that it will keep him from playing at the start of the season.

    "I'm probably a couple more months away," Spence said after watching Sunday's practice at One Buc Place, six weeks before the season starts on Sept. 13 against the Titans.

    Spence said he was lifting weights and it "caused something in my back to slip," requiring surgery on July 2. His timetable for recovery would make him a candidate for the NFL's physically unable to perform list, which would keep him from taking up a spot on the 53-man roster but wouldn't allow him to play until after the first six games of the season....

  9. Rookies Smith, Marpet must work way into starting line

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    After announcing Jameis Winston was his starting quarterback on Friday, Bucs coach Lovie Smith was asked if any other rookies would be opening training camp as starters. His answer: "We have a plan for all of them."

    For rookie offensive linemen Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet, both drafted in the second round, that plan starts with them not working with the first-team line, as the Bucs showed in their first practice Saturday night, moved by heavy rains to USF's practice fields. The Bucs opened camp with Kevin Pamphile working as the starting left tackle and Garrett Gilkey at right guard, while Smith and Marpet working with the second line. Those battles will continue for the next six weeks until the Bucs open their season against the Titans, if not longer....

  10. Bucs start with two top reserves injured

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    TAMPA — The Bucs open training camp with two top reserves sidelined by injuries. DT Akeem Spence is out with a back injury, and WR Louis Murphy is out with an ankle injury.

    The team placed Spence on the physically unable to perform list Friday. Murphy is on the nonfootball injury list. Both still count toward the 90-player roster limit and can be moved to the active roster when they're deemed healthy....

  11. One Buc and his wife keep faith in dire decision

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    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 and Olivia Rodriguez have been overwhelmed by an outpouring of support from family, friends and strangers. Their unborn baby has been diagnosed with anencephaly, a rare condition in which parts of the brain and skull are missing.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 Demar Dotson, offensive tackle, brought his coffee and breakfast to One Buc Place as he reported for training camp.
  15. 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....