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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. Bucs journal: Dirk Koetter says Doug Martin's not at fault for struggling running game

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    TAMPA — RB Doug Martin had just 38 yards on 19 carries in Sunday's win against the Dolphins, but coach Dirk Koetter said his team's struggles running the ball shouldn't go squarely on his running back.

    "In my opinion, he is not the reason we're not moving the ball on offense," Koetter said Monday. "If you look at the tape, Doug's making a little bit out of not too much, more often than not."...

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) warms up before the start of an NFL game between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.
  2. Cannon Fodder podcast: One last look at Bucs-Dolphins

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    Times Bucs writer Greg Auman looks back on Tampa Bay's wild 30-20 win over the Dolphins, their second straight win and first on the road this season, the good and bad of that, plus a major off-field story now surrounding QB Jameis Winston. Listen below:

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Robert McClain (36) celebrates after intercepting a pass during the first half of an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (Loren Elliott, Times)
  3. Figures from FSU case enter latest allegation against Jameis Winston

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    MIAMI GARDENS — The case of Jameis Winston and a female Uber driver in Arizona took more twists Sunday, with Winston getting some level of corroboration, and his unnamed accuser retaining a familiar, high-profile attorney.

    Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby released a statement in defense of Winston, saying he was in the back seat with the Bucs quarterback during the Uber ride in March 2016 and "nothing inappropriate" happened....

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston gives words of encouragement to teammates during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Bucs-Dolphins journal: Patrick Murray on winning kick: 'I knew I was going to make it'

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    MIAMI GARDENS — Patrick Murray has been so consistent since taking over as the Bucs' kicker that he had no doubt when called upon to make a go-ahead field goal with four seconds left in Sunday's win.

    Ryan Fitzpatrick completed three passes for 55 yards in the final three minutes, and Murray made good on his 35-yard kick to break a 20-all tie....

    Bucs kicker Patrick Murray (7) celebrates with teammates after making the game-winning field goal. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  5. Bucs-Dolphins: How rookies like O.J. Howard carried the day

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    MIAMI GARDENS — From start to finish, the Bucs' wobbly 30-20 win over the Dolphins on Sunday was made possible by game-changing plays made by rookies.

    The Bucs' top three picks in this year's draft — tight end O.J. Howard, safety Justin Evans and receiver Chris Godwin — continue to grow into larger roles. Sunday was a showcase for their precocious ability to contribute in the clutch....

    Bucs tight end O.J. Howard (80) celebrates a touchdown catch with teammates during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  6. Bucs-Dolphins: Things to watch in Sunday's 1 p.m. game

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    TAMPA — Can the Bucs pull off back-to-back wins with a backup quarterback? Win a game on the road for the first time this season? Politely hand the unnamed trophy for the state's worst football team back to the Dolphins?

    With WR Mike Evans back from his suspension and QB Jameis Winston remaining sidelined with a shoulder injury, here are the things to watch in today's 1 p.m. Bucs-Dolphins game....

    Ryan Fitzpatrick will start today for injured Jameis Winston, and should be able to find favorable downfield matchups against young Dolphins corners Xavien Howard and  Cordrea Tankersley.
  7. Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs-Dolphins preview

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    Greg Auman has a final preview of Sunday's Bucs-Dolphins game in Miami in his latest Cannon Fodder podcast.

    He talks about key matchups to watch for, from perhaps the NFL's best slot receiver in Jarvis Landry, to Miami's vulnerabilities at right tackle and a pair of young cornerbacks who have combined to allow opposing QBs a collective 104.8 QB rating. Listen below:'...

    Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) earns a fist down on a reception during a game against the Oakland Raiders earlier this month at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. [Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS]
  8. Bucs journal: DB Vernon Hargreaves will miss Sunday's game with hamstring injury

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    TAMPA — The Bucs will play Sunday against the Dolphins without Vernon Hargreaves, who has been their nickel defensive back the past two games.

    Hargreaves, the 2016 first-round pick out of Florida and a former Wharton High standout, has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury he sustained during Sunday's victory against the Jets. Javien Elliott filled in for the rest of that game, though the Bucs might turn back to Robert McClain, who opened the season as the nickel but missed Sunday's game with his own hamstring injury....

    Second-year cornerback Vernon Hargreaves injured a hamstring in Sunday’s win over the Jets.
  9. Jameis Winston accused of groping Uber driver

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    TAMPA — The NFL is investigating an allegation that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston groped a female Uber driver in Arizona in March 2016.

    Winston called the allegations "false" and contested the unnamed female driver's assertion that he was her only passenger, suggesting someone else was in the passenger seat.

    The driver told BuzzFeed News that when she arrived to a party scene in downtown Scottsdale around 2 a.m., a group of men told her that she would be transporting Winston. The men put Winston in the front passenger seat, and he was the only passenger, the report says....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) at midfield after an NFL game between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. The New England Patriots beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-14. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  10. Cannon Fodder podcast: Injury update as Bucs prepare for Dolphins

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    In his latest Cannon Fodder podcast, Greg Auman recaps a busy Wednesday.

    From injury updates to Gerald McCoy on Roger Goodell, McCoy getting a bonus sack, limbo touchdown celebrations, creamsicle Bucs uniforms and a new prospect on the Bucs' practice squad, he's got you covered. Listen below:...

    Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (28) leaves the field with an injury during the second half of Sunday's game against the Jets. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  11. Bucs journal: DeSean Jackson stepping up leadership

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    TAMPA — With WR Mike Evans suspended Sunday, WR DeSean Jackson set season highs with six catches on 10 targets in helping the Bucs to a 15-10 win over the Jets. The former Pro Bowler also embraced more of a leadership role.

    "Let's not forget where … we came from," Jackson told the team as it huddled in the locker room after the game, from video posted on the Bucs' official site. "We can't get too excited. It's one game. We're still 3-6. Have fun, celebrate, we still have to come to work and put the hard hats on. The goal is seven in a row. Let's turn this around."...

    Gerald McCoy is the Bucs’ Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award nominee a fourth straight time.
  12. Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs look to build momentum against Dolphins

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    In his latest podcast, Greg Auman says the Bucs can take some optimism from the way Carolina was able to move the ball and pile up points on Miami's defense Monday night.

    The Dolphins have a short week to try to turn things before playing host to the Bucs on Sunday, as Tampa Bay tries to build some momentum following last weekend's victory over the Jets. Listen below:...

    Cornerback Brent Grimes (24) celebrates an interception during the first half of the Bucs' win over the Jets. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  13. Bucs journal: Dirk Koetter says plan unchanged for injured Jameis Winston

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    TAMPA — The day after Bucs general manager Jason Licht said QB Jameis Winston may be sidelined for an "extended period," coach Dirk Koetter said the topic of the quarterback being shut down for the season has not come up in conversation.

    "There has been no discussion between Jason and myself of him not playing again," Koetter said in reiterating the plan to rest Winston for two games — including Sunday at Miami — and then re-evaluate his injured shoulder. "That would all be something that would have to come up in the future."...

    Vernon Hargreaves, left, covering Jets receiver Jermaine Kearse, has a hamstring issue.
  14. Bucs-Jets journal: How rookie Chris Godwin filled in for Mike Evans

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    TAMPA — Bucs rookie Chris Godwin had big shoes to fill, stepping in Sunday for his first career NFL start while Pro Bowl receiver Mike Evans was suspended.

    Godwin came up big, with career highs of five catches for 68 yards, helping set up two field goals in the second half of Tampa Bay's 15-10 win over the Jets....

    Bucs wide receiver Chris Godwin (12) makes a catch as New York Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts (27) tries to strip the ball during the second half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  15. Defense and field goals allow Bucs to snap five-game losing streak, 15-10 over Jets

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    TAMPA — Defense and field goals — two things that haven't always been there for the Bucs — came together for a 15-10 win over the Jets on Sunday as Tampa Bay ended a five-game losing streak with a victory at Raymond James Stadium.

    Patrick Murray went 3-for-3 on field goals, providing all the points until fill-in quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a 6-yard score to Charles Sims with 6:05 left in the game. The Bucs defense did the rest, getting six sacks and forcing two turnovers to control the game....

    Bucs cornerback Brent Grimes (24) intercepts a deep pass during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]