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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. Ex-LB Gilbert eager to join Bucs as Bill Walsh coaching intern

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    Much of Tony Gilbert's maturation as an NFL linebacker came under Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith when he coached with the Jaguars and Falcons, and he's eager to rejoin him next month when he spends time with the Bucs as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship.

    "He had a great impact on me as a player -- all my years in the league, I was under his tutelage," said Gilbert, 36, now a defensive quality control coach and assistant linebackers coach at North Carolina. "It's a great opportunity to learn more from him and (linebackers coach) Mark Duffner, how he prepares. He prepared us as players so we knew everything our opposing team was going to do."...

  2. Ravens DT chooses 99 for Sapp, who says 'how do I stop this??'

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    As a Hall of Fame player, Warren Sapp was always, among other things, memorably outspoken and blunt, so we should only be so surprised when, in retirement, Sapp is memorably outspoken and blunt.

    Take Thursday, when former FSU defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, now with the Ravens, explained that he was changing his jersey number from 97 to 99 as a tribute to Sapp. "Just the way he played the game — nasty, ferocious — he came every play," Jernigan told the Ravens' official site. "You definitely knew he was there when he made a play."...

    Former Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, now with the Ravens, explained that he was changing his jersey number from 97 to 99 as a tribute to Warren Sapp.
  3. Bucs' Ayers: Noah Spence has some Von Miller in him

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    A month after the draft, asking about "NFL comps" can be dangerous -- they're almost always too flattering or ambitious for a rookie who hasn't played a snap in the NFL yet. But this time of year is all about potential in the NFL, so it's always interesting to hear the responses....

  4. Bucs plan joint practices with Jaguars, Browns

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    TAMPA — For the first time in three years, the Bucs will hold joint practices with another NFL team this summer, with plans to do so with the Jaguars and Browns before facing them in preseason games in August.

    Coach Dirk Koetter said Thursday that the Bucs will head to Jacksonville early before their second preseason game, practicing with the Jaguars for two days, then taking a day off before their game on Aug. 20....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston participates in drills as head coach Dirk Koetter watches during a practice at the team's training facility, One Buc Place, in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, May 26, 2016.
  5. Past meets future: Mutual respect between Gramatica, Aguayo

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    When the Bucs traded up into the second round to take FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo, it was the highest they had drafted a kicker since 1999, when Martin Gramatica went in the third round. On Thursday, the two kickers spent time together, chatting on the sidlines as Gramatica was a guest at the Bucs' OTA practice at One Buc Place.

    "He's a legend here in Tampa as a kicker, and I hope to be as successful as him, or maybe even more so," said Aguayo, who had spoken to Gramatica on the phone but hadn't met him before Thursday....

  6. Bucs to hold joint practices in August with Jaguars, Browns

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    For the first time in three years, the Bucs will hold joint practices with another NFL team this summer, with plans to do so with the Jaguars and Browns before facing them in preseason games in August.

    Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said Thursday that the Bucs will head to Jacksonville early before their second preseason game, practicing with the Jaguars for two days and then taking a day off before their game on Aug. 20. They'll do the same at home before facing the Browns on Aug. 26....

  7. From walk-on to NFL: Bucs sign FSU DB Javien Elliott

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    Javien Elliott, who earned a scholarship last year as a walk-on defensive back at Florida State, has been signed by the Bucs as an undrafted rookie free agent.

    Elliott, 5-foot-10 and 184 pounds, had 37 tackles last season, with four tackles for loss and an interception. The Bucs had an opening on their roster after safety John Lowdermilk, signed two weeks earlier, was placed on the reserve-retired list Tuesday....

  8. Ex-Bucs CB who lost fingers in fireworks accident headed to CFL

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    Nearly a year after he lost two fingers on his right hand in a fireworks accident on July 4, former Bucs cornerback C.J. Wilson hopes to resume his football career with the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

    Wilson has signed with Winnipeg, his agent confirmed, and the Bucs on Wednesday waived Wilson from the reserve-retired list, where he'd been since shortly after the accident. He lost the middle and index fingers in the accident, a former difficult setback than former USF and Giants star Jason Pierre-Paul, who also severely injured his hand and lost parts of fingers in a separate July 4 accident and returned to the NFL last season....

  9. Yes, Jameis Winston's favorite team is ... the Eagles

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    It seemed like a simple question for Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, who was asked Tuesday if there were any games that jumped out to him when he first saw Tampa Bay's schedule for the upcoming season.

    "I know y'all are going to think I'm crazy, but when I first saw the schedule, I just saw the Eagles and I got instantly just excited about that, because that's my favorite team," Winston said....

    Jameis Winston said last November that he grew up a huge fan of Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham.
  10. The Bucs and midday heat: Your snarkiest responses

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    Given that the Bucs have practiced in midday heat for several years and struggled down the stretch, you'd think Bucs fans would be happy to hear Dirk Koetter say that the team studied temperatures and are moving to morning practices....

  11. McCoy, Donovan Smith high on Bucs rookie DE Noah Spence

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    Bucs rookies continue to make strong first impressions on their new teammates, and Gerald McCoy and Donovan Smith both had high praise for second-round defensive end Noah Spence after Tuesday's OTA practice

    "Noah Spence, man," McCoy said. "I did some research on him. One thing I've seen about this kid is that he's always been able to rush the passer. From every level he's been at, he's always been able to rush the passer, and that doesn't just go away. You have to change some things, critique some things when you get to the NFL level,  but being able to rush the passer, it makes you very excited to see what he's going to be able to do, because that's just in his DNA ... I'm very excited for the future to see what's to come."...

    Noah Spence had two sacks (and a third TFL) in his best game with Ohio State in a 63-14 drubbing of Donovan Smith's Penn State team in 2013.
  12. Video: Watch Bucs' Jameis Winston throw TD to Kenny Bell

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    We've been tweeting lots of video from Bucs practice and interviews -- need to be better about linking to them on the blog. Tuesday's opening practice of Bucs OTAs had one clip that the NFL Network asked to use, with QB Jameis Winston throwing a long touchdown to receiver Kenny Bell....

  13. Tampa misses cut as NFL awards 3 Super Bowls

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    TAMPA — The NFL announced the sites for three more Super Bowls on Tuesday, and Tampa missed the cut, with Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles as the winners to host the NFL's biggest game in 2019-21.

    Tampa was one of four finalists for 2019 and 2020, but missed out, as did New Orleans. Since first hosting a Super Bowl in 1984, Tampa hasn't gone more than 10 years without one — now it will be at least 13 years between Super Bowls at Raymond James Stadium....

    The last Super Bowl in Tampa saw the Steelers win the title. Tampa won’t host another before 2022.
  14. Tampa misses out as NFL awards three Super Bowls

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    The NFL has announced the sites for three more Super Bowls, and Tampa has missed the cut, with Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles as the winners to host the NFL's biggest game in 2019-21.

    Tampa was one of four finalists for 2019 and 2020, but missed out, as did New Orleans. Since first hosting a Super Bowl in 1984, Tampa hasn't gone more than 10 years without one -- now it will be at least 13 years between Super Bowls at Raymond James Stadium....

    Miami has put more than $350-million in renovations to its stadium and beat out Tampa for the 2020 game.
  15. Koetter: 'Jealous as hell' of Lightning success, but pulling for them

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    Bucs players have been regular guests at Amalie Arena pulling for the Lightning in the Stanley Cup playoffs -- Jameis Winston, Kwon Alexander, Vincent Jackson and Gerald McCoy have been among the fans in attendance, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins was the Lightning's social media captain in their Game 4 win.

    And now Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he's pulling hard for the Lightning as they try to close out the Penguins and advance to a second straight Stanley Cup final....

    Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he's pulling hard for the Lightning as they try to close out the Penguins and advance to a second straight Stanley Cup final.