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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. Donovan Smith: $26,000 rookie dinner tab just a prank

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    Bucs tackle Donovan Smith pranked his rookie offensive linemen on Wednesday night, and got us pretty good as well.

    Tampa Bay's 15 offensive linemen went out for a training camp tradition -- the rookie dinner, where rookies have to pay for an expensive dinner with their entire position, never more a challenge than with the offensive line -- in number and in size. Smith posted a picture of a receipt on Instagram with a $26,357 tab (plus tip!) and captioned it "Rookie Dinner thanks!!"...

    Here's the "bill" from the Bucs' offensive line "rookie dinner" at Ruth's Chris in Jacksonville. Donovan Smith said the linemen got a fake bill to scare the team's two rookies, who by tradition must pay for the dinner for all the team's offensive linemen.
  2. Bucs-Jaguars: Five things to watch tonight in Jacksonville

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    JACKSONVILLE — The Bucs have their second preseason game here Thursday against the Jaguars, and here are five things to keep an eye on as Tampa Bay moves closer to paring its roster from 90 players to 53 by Sept. 3.

    1. AVOIDING BIG PLAYS ON DEFENSE

    The Jaguars won 31-24 at New England last week and did so with big play after big play. Rookie WR Keelan Cole had a 97-yard touchdown catch, RB Corey Grant had a 79-yard touchdown run and WR Dede Westbrook had a 42-yard touchdown reception. Nearly half their 447 yards came on those three plays....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) participates in training camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  3. What you might have missed in the second episode of the Bucs on 'Hard Knocks'

    Bucs

    We're back for another episode of The Annotated Hard Knocks, trying to find behind-the-scenes insights and things you might have missed in Tuesday's second episode of "Hard Knocks," following the Bucs in training camp. There's a lot to see and a lot to miss in each one-hour episode, but here are this week's offerings:...

    As the crowd recognized him and got loud, Jameis Winston jumped up and down in celebration. [GREG AUMAN | Times]
  4. Steven Souza's two passions collide in charity fantasy football event

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Steven Souza Jr. knows a thing or two about football.

    The Rays outfielder, who is hosting a charity fantasy football draft at Tropicana Field on Friday, played football in high school as a 6-foot-2 receiver at Cascade High in Everett, Wash., before choosing to play baseball full time.

    "I love fantasy football. I love football," Souza, 28, said in the clubhouse after a game last week. "When the Bucs come around, I love getting to talk to those guys and hang out."...

    Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr., a high school football player and a big Bucs fan, hugs Bucs quarterback and friend Jameis Winston after Winston threw out a first pitch at Tropicana Field.
  5. Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast: Highlights — and fights — from Jacksonville

    Bucs

    Greg Auman is back home after two days of joint practices between the Bucs and Jaguars in Jacksonville. He recaps those practices — and fights — and talks about highlights from Tuesday's episode of "Hard Knocks," showing the Bucs as they decide to cut kicker Roberto Aguayo in our latest Cannon Fodder episode. Listen below:...

    Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Kenneth Walker, right, cannot snag a pass against Bucs cornerback Ryan Smith during a joint NFL football practice Monday in Jacksonville. [Will Dickey/Florida Times-Union]
  6. Bucs tight end Alan Cross still enjoying underdog role

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    When Alan Cross made the Bucs as an undrafted rookie last year, the tight end from Memphis was one of the team's best feel-good stories. Once a walk-on long-snapper at Memphis, he earned a scholarship and had a prolific career with the Tigers, only to need to do the same thing to break into the NFL ranks.

    Cross played in 14 games as a rookie, catching six passes for 38 yards, most memorably a fourth-quarter touchdown that provided the winning margin in the Bucs' big win at Kansas City during their five-game win streak....

    Bucs tight end Alan Cross (45) is tackled by linebacker Riley Bullough (49) during training camp Thursday at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  7. Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs practice with Jaguars

    Bucs

    Greg Auman checks in from Jacksonville, where the Bucs are in the middle of two days of joint practices with the Jaguars in advance of Thursday's preseason game here. Plus, more kicker aftermath, a little Jaguars and what to expect on tonight's "Hard Knocks" in our latest Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast. Listen below:...

    Bucs defensive end Robert Ayers Jr., left, goes against Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman Cam Robinson during a joint NFL football practice Monday in Jacksonville. [Will Dickey/Florida Times-Union]
  8. Bucs tight end Alan Cross still enjoying underdog role

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    When Alan Cross made the Bucs as an undrafted rookie last year, the tight end from Memphis was one of the team's best feel-good stories. Once a walk-on long-snapper at Memphis, he earned a scholarship and had a prolific career with the Tigers, only to need to do the same thing to break into the NFL ranks.

    Cross played in 14 games as a rookie, catching six passes for 38 yards, most memorably a fourth-quarter touchdown that provided the winning margin in the Bucs' big win at Kansas City during their five-game win streak....

    Bucs tight end Alan Cross celebrates during last season after a punt was downed inside the 5-yard line in Tampa Bay's win against Seattle.
  9. Bucs journal: Round 2 a draw between Demar Dotson and Dante Fowler

    Bucs

    JACKSONVILLE — A year ago, one of the most memorable moments of joint practices between the Bucs and Jaguars was Tampa Bay RT Demar Dotson getting the best of Jacksonville DE Dante Fowler, so much so that Fowler was kicked out of practice after a scuffle in his frustration over the one-on-one matchup.

    So Dotson fully expected to get Fowler's best Monday when the same drill came up a year later. Dotson got the best of Fowler again in the first meeting, but the former Lakewood High and Gators star got down low and got past Dotson on the second head-to-head battle....

    Zach Hocker kicked for the Saints two years ago.
  10. New Bucs kicker Zach Hocker glad for another NFL shot

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    New Bucs kicker Zach Hocker is on his sixth NFL team in four seasons, so his excitement to be back in a training camp is tempered by an understanding of just how hard it is to win an NFL kicking job.

    "It's a blessing that I'm still getting opportunities," said Hocker, 25. "I've been home for 10 months, and I kind of thought I was on the back end of my football career. To get an opportunity like this, to come down and give it a shot was definitely a blessing. I'm just thankful they're giving me a chance. It's been a fun time."...

    East head coach Jerry Glanville congratulates kicker Zach Hocker (16) and defensive lineman Bruce Gaston, Jr., after the East-West Shrine Game in 2013 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. [CHRIS ZUPPA   |   Times]
  11. Bucs' Demar Dotson, Jaguars' Dante Fowler square off 1-on-1 again

    Bucs

    JACKSONVILLE — A year ago, one of the most memorable moments of joint practices between the Bucs and Jaguars was Tampa Bay tackle Demar Dotson getting the best of Jacksonville defensive end Dante Fowler, so much so that Fowler was kicked out of practice after a scuffle in his frustration after the one-on-one matchup.

    So Dotson fully expected to get Fowler's best Monday when the same drill came up a year later. Dotson got the best of Fowler again in the first meeting, but the former Lakewood and Gators star got down low and got past Dotson on the second head-to-head battle....

    Demar Dotson (69) is seen during training camp last month at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  12. New Bucs kicker Zach Hocker glad for another NFL shot

    Blog

    New Bucs kicker Zach Hocker is on his sixth NFL team in four seasons, so his excitement to be back in a training camp is tempered by an understanding of just how hard it is to win an NFL kicking job.

    "It's a blessing that I'm still getting opportunities," said Hocker, 25. "I've been home for 10 months, and I kind of thought I was on the back end of my football career. To get an opportunity like this, to come down and give it a shot was definitely a blessing. I'm just thankful they're giving me a chance. It's been a fun time."...

    New Bucs kicker Zach Hocker, shown in 2016 as he tried to make the Bengals' roster, said he won't put as much pressure on himself as he tries to extend his NFL career.
  13. Bucs' Dotson, Jaguars' Fowler square off 1-on-1 again

    Blog

    JACKSONVILLE -- A year ago, one of the most memorable moments of joint practices between the Bucs and Jaguars was Tampa Bay tackle Demar Dotson getting the best of Jacksonville defensive end Dante Fowler, so much so that Fowler was kicked out of practice after a scuffle in his frustration after the one-on-one matchup.

    So Dotson fully expected to get Fowler's best Monday when the same drill came up a year later. Dotson got the best of Fowler again in the first meeting, but the former Lakewood and Gators star got down low and got past Dotson on the second head-to-head battle....

    Bucs tackle Demar Dotson, shown earlier in training camp, said he was ready for another one-on-one challenge from Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler after he humbled him in last year's joint practices.
  14. Watch 'Hard Knocks' first episode free without HBO (but with our analysis)

    Bucs

    By now, you've probably seen the first episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks," chronicling the Bucs in training camp. If you haven't, even if you don't subscribe to HBO, the entire first episode is available for free via YouTube (above). Here are 10 tiny things you might have missed with so much as a blink in closely edited shots....

    As Lavonte David is lifting the weights, the director has Bucs tight end Cameron Brate watching him in the background, just impressed by what Lavonte's doing. [HBO/NFL FILMS]
  15. Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs cut one kicker, pick up another

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    Greg Auman wraps up a busy weekend — Friday's preseason opener at Cincinnati, Robert Aguayo getting cut AND getting claimed by the Bears, who come to Tampa in Week 2 in our latest Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast.

    Plus, more on injuries, who impressed against the Bengals and the new Bucs kicker. Listen below:...

    The Bucs cut kicker and former second-round draft pick Roberto Aguayo on Saturday. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]