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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 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]
  2. Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs practice with Jaguars

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    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]
  3. 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.
  4. Bucs journal: Round 2 a draw between Demar Dotson and Dante Fowler

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    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....

    Keenan McCardell had happier times as a Buc.
  5. 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]
  6. Bucs' Demar Dotson, Jaguars' Dante Fowler square off 1-on-1 again

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    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]
  7. 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."...

    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.
  8. Bucs' Dotson, Jaguars' Fowler square off 1-on-1 again

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    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.
  9. Watch 'Hard Knocks' first episode free without HBO (but with our analysis)

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    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]
  10. 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]
  11. Bucs' Mike Evans, Phillies' Nick Williams have 'Galveston thing' going

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    TAMPA — They have found success down different paths in different sports, but Bucs receiver Mike Evans and Phillies rookie Nick Williams go back far enough to have rivalries as toddlers.

    "That's my guy," Evans said. "I have a picture of me and him when we were 2-3 years old, in day care together. We used to fight in day care. He always said he used to win. You can't remember back that far."...

    Philadelphia Phillies' Nick Williams, left, follows through after hitting an RBI-single off New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, in Philadelphia. Mets catcher Rene Rivera, right, looks on. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) PXS104
  12. Bucs vs. Roberto Aguayo? Bears pick up cut kicker

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    TAMPA — One day after the Bucs parted ways with former second-round pick Roberto Aguayo, Tampa Bay fans had another twist to ponder on Sunday: Aguayo kicking against the Bucs? In Week 2, at Raymond James Stadium?

    Aguayo, the former All-American at Florida State, was claimed off waivers by the Bears, where —- in another wrinkle — he'll compete with veteran Connor Barth, who was cut by the Bucs last year after they drafted Aguayo....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo (19) smiles while taking questions from reporters during training camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 

  13. Not for long: Roberto Aguayo, cut by Bucs, lands with Bears

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    Kicker Roberto Aguayo, cut by the Bucs on Saturday after two misses in Friday's preseason opener, didn't have to wait long for another shot in the NFL, getting claimed off waivers on Sunday by the Chicago Bears.

    That means Aguayo could go up against the Bucs in Week 2 when the Bears come to Raymond James Stadium. To do that, he'd have to beat out another former Bucs kicker, Connor Barth, who was cut by the Bucs last year after they drafted Aguayo in the second round....

    Former Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo, shown in training camp, was claimed by the Bears on Sunday and could face the Bucs in Tampa in Week 2.
  14. Snap counts: How the Bucs lined up vs. Bengals

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    Playing time in a preseason opener is a difficult thing to read -- starters are generally gone after a quarter, so if you're barely playing as a result of that, it's a good thing; if you're barely playing as a backup, it's probably not a good thing.

    The "playtime percentage" participation charts for the Bucs' preseason opener at Cincinnati are out, and there's some interesting things to be gleaned from it all. The Bucs' starting offense played 21 snaps -- two drives -- and the starting defense played 13, with the starting corners playing longer due to injury-related depth issues....

    Bucs cornerback Ryan Smith, shown returning a punt against Seattle last season, played 49 snaps in Friday's preseason opener, the most of any defensive player. He had five tackles in his first game since shifting to cornerback from safety. [ANDRES LEIVA | Times]
  15. Bucs sign former Saints kicker Zach Hocker

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    One day after cutting Roberto Aguayo, the Bucs added another kicker to challenge Nick Folk during training camp, adding former Saints and Rams kicker Zach Hocker.

    Hocker, 25, was a seventh-round pick of the Redskins in 2014 but never played for Washington. He kicked for the Saints and Rams in 2015, going 10-for-14 on field goals with a long of 51 yards and 12-of-13 on extra points. He was in camp with the Bengals last year but was among their final cuts....

    New Bucs kicker Zach Hocker played in the Tampa area in the 2014 East-West Shrine Game, where he's shown celebrating a win with former Falcons coach Jerry Glanville. [TIMES | 2014]