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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. Jameis Winston as 2017 NFL MVP? 66-to-1 odds from Vegas

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    Could Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston be an NFL MVP in 2017? It's certainly unlikely, but the sports book at Bovada has opening lines with Winston getting 66-to-1 odds, worse than 22 other players across the league.

    It would take the Bucs becoming a playoff team and Winston radically lowering his turnovers for the third-year quarterback to be realistically an MVP candidate. Another way to get into the conversation -- beat the presumed favorites, as the Bucs will face Bovada's top two choices, Patriots QB Tom Brady (4:1) and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (7:1) head-to-head this season. Raiders QB Derek Carr, who just signed a $125-million, five-year extension, is third at 9:1, with Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and Seahawks QB Russell Wilson next at 12:1....

    Bucs fans would be very happy if quarterback Jameis WInston can put himself into consideration for the NFL MVP award during the 2017 season.
  2. Bucs fans ranked 25th in study of NFL teams

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    The Bucs and their fans are ranked 25th in an Emory University study of NFL teams' "fan base and branding analysis."

    The Bucs ranked 25th overall and held the same ranking in "fan equity" and "social equity," with measurements weighted against market size to lessen the significance of major markets like New York, Los Angeles or Chicago....

    Bucs fans were on their feet for this fourth-quarter play at home against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium in 2015.
  3. Sapp pledges brain for concussion research

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    TAMPA — Since being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot four years ago, Warren Sapp has traveled each August to Canton, Ohio, to join the game's greats returning for induction ceremonies.

    But with each passing year, it seemed too many of his fellow NFL players were in failing health and slipping further into a fog as a result of head injuries sustained during their careers....

    In a three-minute video for the Players’ Tribune, Warren Sapp describes his memory loss as a “frightening feeling.”
  4. Bucs announce dates for training camp, preseason practices

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    TAMPA — The Bucs announced the dates for the 2017 training camp and preseason practices, with the first on July 28 and a total of 13 sessions open to the general public.

    Tampa Bay's rookies will report on July 25 and veterans July 27. As was the case last year, the Bucs will practice early in the morning to avoid midday heat — nearly all the practices start at 8:45 a.m. and should be done around 10:30....

  5. Warren Sapp to donate his brain to concussion research

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    TAMPA — Since being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot four years ago, Warren Sapp has traveled each August to Canton, Ohio, to join the game's greats returning for induction ceremonies. But with each passing year, it seemed too many of his fellow NFL players were in failing health and slipping further into a fog as a result of head injuries sustained during their careers."I said, 'I can't do this. I can't stay on the sideline and watch Tony Dorsett and Willie Brown and all the great ones deteriorate before my eyes,' " Sapp told the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday....

    Warren Sapp talks to the media in July 2013, shortly before he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. [Times files]
  6. Bucs' first practice set for July 28, with 13 open to public

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    The Bucs have announced the dates for the 2017 training camp and preseason practices, with the first on July 28 and 13 sessions open to the general public.

    Tampa Bay's rookies will report on July 25 and veterans on July 27, and as was the case last year, the Bucs will practice early in the morning to avoid midday heat -- nearly all the practices start at 8:45 and should be done around 10:30 a.m....

    Head coach Dirk Koetter and the Bucs will open training camp on on July 28.
  7. Ten position battles ahead for Bucs training camp

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    The Bucs have four more days of OTA workouts this week, then a three-day mandatory minicamp next week, but after that, they're done until the start of training camp, which should be right around July 27. HBO's "Hard Knocks" will be here in town, chronicling the Bucs for five weeks of training camp and preseason, so there will be a national audience as the buildup to Tampa Bay's 2017 season unfolds in August....

    Bucs rookie Justin Evans will be in the mix for a starting safety job and could also get a look on special teams for kickoff returns, two of several position battles ahead for the Bucs in training camp.
  8. Jon Gruden says joining Bucs Ring of Honor is 'humbling''

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    The Bucs announced Tuesday that late owner Malcolm Glazer and former coach Jon Gruden would be this year's inductees into the team's Ring of Honor, and Gruden, speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio, said the nod will be very special to him.

    "It's humbling for me to even consider being up there with some of the greats," said Gruden, who was coached the Bucs to their Super Bowl XXXVII victory in January 2003, beating his old team the Raiders in San Diego....

    Jon Gruden, right, has a relationship with the Bucs dating to when his father was on inaugural coach John McKay’s staff.
  9. Bucs' Ring of Honor induction 'humbling' for Jon Gruden

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    The Bucs announced this week that the late Malcolm Glazer and former head coach Jon Gruden would be this year's inductees into the team's Ring of Honor, and Gruden, speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio, said the nod will be very special to him.

    "It's humbling for me to even consider being up there with some of the greats," said Gruden, who was the head coach for the Bucs' Super Bowl championship in January 2003, beating his old team in the Raiders in San Diego....

  10. Bucs' Ryan Smith settling in with return to cornerback

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    Ryan Smith didn't play a snap on defense in a quiet rookie season last year, but after working him at safety most of last season, he's back in a more natural position as Tampa Bay's third cornerback during practices this offseason.

    "I'm still learning, but glad to be back at corner," said Smith, who has filled in as a starter already during OTAs when starters Vernon Hargreaves or Brent Grimes haven't been available. "It's been really fun and everything's falling into place. Corner feels like a natural fit for me."...

    Bucs cornerback Ryan Smith, shown making a return last season, hopes to continue playing in key roles on special teams while working to get on the field on defense in 2017.
  11. Jameis Winston helping Bucs' Ali Marpet with move to center

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    Ali Marpet has had two weeks of non-contact practices to begin his transition from guard to center, and the third-year Bucs lineman said the mental aspect of his new position is a challenge in itself, though he's getting help from quarterback Jameis Winston.

    "Jameis does a phenomenal job of helping me out, and from there, I usually get the rest of the offensive line on the same page," Marpet said after Thursday's OTA practice. "He's fixed things that I've messed up, so that's been extremely helpful."...

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston and lineman Ali Marpet came into the league together in 2015, and Marpet said Winston is helping him adjust to the mental demands of playing center this offseason.
  12. Her challenge helped Bucs raise $75,000 for pediatric cancer

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    Kirsten Phillips wasn't sure how she talked herself into it, but Wednesday afternoon, she found herself seated on stage in the main auditorium at One Buc Place, making good on a promise to cut off her long blonde hair if Bucs players helped push the team's total to $75,000 raised for pediatric cancer research.

    Nearly all the staffers taking part in the "Cut for a Cure" promotion are male, of course, and many of the players participating opted not to shave their heads, but just get a cut or a flare of Bucs red in their hair to support the cause. But Phillips, 25, who just joined the Bucs as a video producer in January, had heard about the event, and loved the idea enough to put out word Wednesday morning that she'd cut her hair -- which fell to well below her shoulders -- if it helped get more players on board. The oversized check the team had made was just $30,000, with a goal of surpassing last year's $40,000, and with Phillips' help, they got to $75,000....

    Addy Wallace, a 4-year-old from Sarasota, uses an orange marker on the beard of Bucs defensive end Will Gholston.
  13. Photos: Bucs shave heads to raise money for pediatric cancer research

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    The Bucs' fifth annual "Cut For a Cure" campaign raised $75,000 Wednesday afternoon at One Buc Place, with players and staffers getting their heads shaved (or for some, just cut or colored) by children who are battling cancer to help raise money for pediatric cancer research....

    The Bucs' Jameis Winston and Mike Evans get a little color as part of the 'Cut for a Cure campaign.
  14. Amid injuries, Bucs sign two defensive ends for depth

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    With four defensive ends sidelined from OTA practices with injuries, the Bucs on Tuesday signed former Saints end Tavaris Barnes and former Georgia tackle Sterling Bailey after a workout at One Buc Place.

    Barnes, 25, played 12 games with the Saints in 2015, totaling five tackles, and spent last season on injured reserve with the Seahawks. Bailey, 24, has not played in an NFL game but spent time last year as an undrafted rookie with the Colts, Vikings and Seahawks. Both are big enough that they can slide inside as part of the Bucs' nickel package -- Barnes is 6-4 and 284 pounds, while Bailey is 6-3 and 296....

  15. Pediatric cancer drive means more to Bucs' Anagnost

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    The Bucs' fifth annual "Cut for the Cure" campaign will take place Wednesday afternoon at One Buc Place, with players and staffers getting their heads shaved (or for some, just cut) by children who are battling cancer to help raise money for pediatric cancer research.

    Some of the team's biggest stars took part last year, including Jameis Winston and Gerald McCoy, but the team's biggest fundraiser was its director of sales, Deno Anagnost, who raised $16,500 last year and has raised more than $20,000 this year....

    Bucs defensive tackle Clinton McDonald gets a trim at the team's "Cut for the Cure" fundraiser in 2014. The event raised $40,000 last year and should exceed that total for 2017.