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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: DE Will Gholston likely to return from neck injury

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    TAMPA — Bucs DE Will Gholston is expected to make a healthy return Sunday in Atlanta after missing two games with a neck injury, and he's thankful and relieved not to have to deal with anything more severe.

    "It was knee-buckling," said Gholston, officially listed as questionable for the game. "I was standing up, and they just buckled. That's how bad it hurt."

    It was a scary scene Nov. 5 in the Superdome, with Gholston lying on his back on the field, strapped to a stretcher and carted off and taken by ambulance to a hospital. He was released in time to fly home with the team, but the nature of the injury made it more difficult initially....

    Bucs defensive end William Gholston is expected to play Sunday after missing two games with a scary neck injury.
  2. Cannon Fodder podcast: Eye on Julio Jones, new stadium

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    Times Bucs writer Greg Auman is back for one more Bucs-Falcons preview podcast, looking at Julio Jones' rank among the all-time Bucs' opponents, the new stadium in Atlanta, our story on game balls and much more. Listen below:

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    SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 20: Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons brings in a 29 yard pass against cornerback Jeremy Lane #20 of the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on November 20, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.  The Atlanta Falcons beat the Seattle Seahawks, 34-31. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr /Getty Images)
  3. Bucs players, coaches say they cherish getting game balls for special feats

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    TAMPA — In the jubilant moments after a Bucs win, Dirk Koetter will sometimes ask for a game-used ball from his equipment staff, hold it high in the locker room and present it to the player who was most crucial to the victory.

    NFL players can ask for balls during games for any number of reasons — their first touchdown, a rare interception — but getting a game ball with a celebrating team encircled around them is as good as it gets....

    Patrick Murray, middle, hugging after his winning kick vs. Miami, gets the game ball for his efforts.
  4. Bucs journal: Gerald McCoy says team has not turned the corner yet

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    TAMPA — The Bucs have some positive momentum with back-to-back wins, but DT Gerald McCoy said it's too soon to say his 4-6 team has turned a corner.

    "We haven't turned a corner yet," McCoy said Wednesday, preparing for Sunday's game at Atlanta. "It's just two wins. We turn a corner if we win out — that's turning the corner. Two wins is taking a couple steps toward the corner. … That's how we feel. There is a lot of work to be done."...

    Bucs QB Jameis Winston remains out with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder.
  5. Bucs journal: Defense struggling to get off the field on third and long

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    TAMPA — Third and long, normally an ideal situation for an NFL defense, continues to be a problem as the Bucs try to get opposing offenses off the field.

    In the second half of Sunday's game, the Dolphins converted six third downs when they needed 8 yards or more, with QB Matt Moore getting enough time to find the holes in the Bucs defense again and again.

    "He just had too much time. It starts with that," coach Dirk Koetter said. "You give any quarterback that much time and you're playing zone defense … you're going to find a hole. Too much time, No. 1. Then we still are inconsistent in our zone drops. It wasn't just one guy — it was a guy here and a guy there and a bust on the long touchdown at the end."...

    Bucs coach Dirk Koetter says his defense is giving quarterbacks too much time to find holes when facing third and long.
  6. Bucs-Falcons: Has this former Buc become a pass-rushing force?

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    TAMPA — The Bucs face the defending NFC champions twice in their final six games. As they prepare to go to Atlanta on Sunday, former Tampa Bay first-round pick Adrian Clayborn is enjoying quite a two-week run.

    Clayborn, 29, had six sacks Nov. 12 in a win against the Cowboys, taking advantage of a backup tackle to match the second-most sacks in any game in NFL history. Then on Monday night, he was again making headlines, scooping up a loose ball after a Falcons sack of Russell Wilson and returning it 10 yards for a touchdown in 34-31 win at Seattle....

    Adrian Clayborn #99 of the Atlanta Falcons is interviewed by Erin Andrews of Fox Sports after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 12, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
  7. Cannon Fodder podcast: Setting up Bucs vs. Atlanta

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    Times Bucs writer Greg Auman says it's another week without Jameis Winston as the Bucs prepare to go to Atlanta, and there's more on the Bucs' run-game issues and how the defense has struggled on third and long, a situation most defenses love to be in. Listen below:

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) talks with head coach Dirk Koetter on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL game between the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (Loren Elliott, Times)
  8. 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."...

    Bucs kicker Nick Folk (2) walks off the field with punter Bryan Anger (9) after the game. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  9. 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)
  10. 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]
  11. 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]
  12. 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]
  13. 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....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws an interception during the second half of an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  14. 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]
  15. 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....

    Bucs coach Dirk Koetter says Miami’s defensive scheme can cause “some difficulties.”