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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. Shrine Game journal: Homecoming for Utah OL Salesi Uhatafe; Quinton Flowers works on snaps

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Salesi Uhatafe is back in his hometown, and though he moved to Texas when he was still a baby, it's very much a homecoming as the former Utah offensive lineman plays in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field.

    "I'll probably have about 40 people coming," said Uhatafe, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound guard who will play for the West team. "I have a whole bunch of aunts, and they all have kids."...

  2. Iowa State's two-way star Joel Lanning practicing at linebacker for East-West Shrine Game

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Joel Lanning has the unique distinction of being listed as an "LB/QB" on the West roster for Saturday's East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field.

    And while the former Iowa State star spent the entire practice at middle linebacker Monday afternoon, on the final play of practice he stepped in at quarterback on a goal-line play with much on the line at St. Petersburg High School. Score, and the defensive players and coaches all had to do 10 pushups; fail to do so, the offense had the honors....

  3. Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo fondly remembers time with Tampa Bay Rowdies

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    JACKSONVILLE — As second sports go, football is working out well for Jaguars K Josh Lambo.

    The 27-year-old had a field goal and extra point in Sunday's 10-3 playoff win over the Bills, but area soccer fans may remember him as a 19-year-old goalkeeper who played six games with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2010.

    "That was really my only professional starts as a goalie — that was special to me, so I can officially check off that I've played two pro sports," said Lambo, who still has fond memories of playing at Steinbrenner Field and eating at Westshore Pizza. "That was a good year for me."...

  4. Jaguars defense shines in wild-card win over Bills

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    JACKSONVILLE — As much as Sunday was all about ending two of the NFL's longest playoff droughts — nine seasons for the Jaguars and a league-high 17 for the Bills — Jacksonville's dominating young defense was focused on just how quickly it could earn another postseason game.

    "We all knew it was a great run to make it here, and everyone was happy, but it means nothing if you don't win," defensive tackle Abry Jones said....

  5. Bucs journal: T.J. Ward arrested on warrant in drug case

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    TAMPA — Bucs S T.J. Ward is not starting his offseason off well.

    Ward, 31 and two months from being an unrestricted free agent, was arrested at his Tampa apartment Wednesday morning on an outstanding warrant relating to a previous arrest, police said. Ward was booked and released on $2,500 bond.

    He is facing a felony count of possession of marijuana and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. ...

  6. Bucs journal: Dirk Koetter defends play of Donovan Smith, offensive line

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    TAMPA — In evaluating his team's strengths and flaws after a 5-11 season, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter made a point Monday to defend LT Donovan Smith and his offensive line, saying he doesn't understand much of the public criticism of the three-year starter.

    "If you listen to rumors, you'd think Donovan Smith should never play football again," Koetter said. "All Donovan Smith does is play hurt, play consistent, play against the best pass-rushers in the world. Donovan Smith is a pretty darn good football player."...

  7. Bucs journal: Once overlooked, Peyton Barber finishes as Bucs' leading rusher

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    TAMPA — Five weeks ago, Peyton Barber had 88 rushing yards for the season. On Sunday, he finished as the Bucs' leading rusher for 2017, closing out an impressive finish to the year.

    Barber rushed for 71 yards — including a 1-yard touchdown on the opening drive — and finished with 423 yards on the season, edging Doug Martin, who struggled in the final month and finished with 406....

  8. Bucs-Saints: Things to watch in Sunday's 4:25 p.m. game

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    TAMPA — The Bucs' 2017 season comes to a merciful end today against the Saints, who clinch the NFC South Division title and a home playoff game with a win. A loss puts the Bucs at 0-6 in division play; the Browns, Bears, Giants and 49ers will try to avoid the same sad fate today as well. Here are five things to watch in the 4:25 p.m. game at Raymond James Stadium.

    > Who wins the sad team rushing title >...

  9. Bucs journal: Sealver Siliga says $1,000 tip wasn't meant to 'go viral'

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    TAMPA — It has been a quiet season for Bucs backup DT Sealver Siliga, who has six tackles in the seven games he has been active.

    He made national headlines with a gesture of kindness on Christmas Eve, leaving a $1,000 tip for the staff at a local Applebee's after dinner Sunday night after the team returned home from its loss at Carolina.

    TMZ first got word of the big tip, reporting that Siliga asked how many staffers were working on Christmas Eve and leaving $1,000 when told there were 10 on the shift....

  10. Bucs face numerous difficult roster decisions after season ends

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    TAMPA — The Bucs have decided to bring coach Dirk Koetter back for 2018, and general manager Jason Licht is under contract for next season as well, but there still could be considerable turnover ahead in the Tampa Bay locker room.

    The Bucs officially have 16 players who are unrestricted free agents this spring, most notably cornerback Brent Grimes, guard Kevin Pamphile and kicker Patrick Murray. There are several key players whose high-dollar contracts could put them at risk of being cut this spring, and another 12 on the current roster who weren't there in Week 1....

  11. Losing fumbles a league-worst problem for Jameis Winston

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    TAMPA — The knock on Jameis Winston in his first two NFL seasons was the high number of turnovers that limited his success.

    In this third year with the Bucs, he has proven to be a more accurate passer. His interception rate is down 35 percent from last season, and his quarterback rating is 10 points higher.

    Offsetting that, however, is this problem: For the second year in a row, Winston is tied for the league lead in lost fumbles....

  12. Losing fumbles a league-worst problem for Jameis Winston

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    TAMPA — The knock on Jameis Winston in his first two NFL seasons was the high number of turnovers that limited his success.

    In this third year with the Bucs, he has proven to be a more accurate passer. His interception rate is down 35 percent from last season, and his quarterback rating is 10 points higher.

    Offsetting that, however, is this problem: For the second year in a row, Winston is tied for the league lead in lost fumbles....

  13. Cannon Fodder Bucs podcast: DeSean Jackson's troubles add drama to finale

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    Times Bucs writer Greg Auman has details on DeSean Jackson's off-field headlines, an injury update on key players for Sunday's finale and a look at how much the Saints' rookie class has contributed to their success this season. Listen below:

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  14. Bucs journal: Mike Evans can earn a share of NFL history against Saints

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    TAMPA — WR Mike Evans' numbers have been down this season, but he can get a share of NFL history with 54 yards in Sunday's season finale against the Saints. That would give him 1,000 or more yards for the fourth straight year to open his career.

    That has happened only twice before — by the Vikings' Randy Moss and the Bengals' A.J. Green — and Evans would appreciate being in that small fraternity and keeping his streak intact....

  15. Bucs players evaluate old teammates who are in College Football Playoff

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    TAMPA — When college football's top four teams meet to play for a national championship, each will have a presence in the Bucs' locker room, with a player from each program young enough to play with some of the current team.

    It's a proud group of college alumni — rookie O.J. Howard played in each of the past three playoffs at Alabama, winning a title after the 2015 season and just missing in Tampa after the 2016 season. Gerald McCoy is as likely as any Bucs player to make a friendly wager that has the loser wearing a winning college's colors on social media....