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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: Injury news not all bad

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    TAMPA — The Bucs are dealing with injuries and illness as they prepare for their first road game of the season, at the Vikings on Sunday.

    DT Gerald McCoy (ankle) was back at practice Thursday with limited participation, but the rest of the injury report was unchanged. LB Kwon Alexander missed a second straight day with the hamstring injury that sidelined him early in Sunday's opener against the Bears. He said he'd able to play against the Vikings....

    Linebacker Kwon Alexander, left, who had an interception against the Bears before leaving with a hamstring injury, misses his second straight day of practice.
  2. McCoy back at practice, Alexander says he'll play vs. Vikings

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    The Bucs are dealing with injuries and illness as they prepare for their first road game of 2017 at the Vikings on Sunday.

    DT Gerald McCoy (ankle) was back at practice with limited participation, but the rest of the Bucs' injury report was unchanged -- LB Kwon Alexander missed a second straight day with the hamstring injury that sidelined him early in Sunday's game, though he said he'll be able to play Sunday in Minnesota....

    Bucs DT Gerald McCoy, shown before Sunday's season opener against the Bears, returned to practice Thursday after missing a day with an ankle injury.
  3. Bucs' Josh Robinson excited for return to Vikings

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    For much of Josh Robinson's four seasons with the Vikings, there was excitement leading up to the arrival of the $1.1-billion U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened last season, just as Robinson signed with the Bucs.

    "I knew that was coming, knew I would miss out on opening that new stadium," said Robinson, 26, who established himself as a special-teams leader last year with 12 tackles on coverage units and is now a special-teams captain after re-signing in the offseason. "I'm excited to go back there and compete against those guys."...

    Josh Robinson (26) tackles Chicago punt returner Eddie Royal (19) during a game between the Bucs and Bears in 2016. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  4. Bucs' Josh Robinson excited for return to Vikings

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    For much of Josh Robinson's four seasons with the Vikings, there was excitement leading up to the arrival of the $1.1-billion U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened last season, just as Robinson signed with the Bucs.

    "I knew that was coming, knew I would miss out on opening that new stadium," said Robinson, 26, who established himself as a special-teams leader last year with 12 tackles on coverage units and is now a special-teams captain after re-signing in the offseason. "I'm excited to go back there and compete against those guys."...

    Bucs defensive back Josh Robinson, who led the team with 12 special-teams tackles last season, is excited to play Sunday at Minnesota, where he played his first four NFL seasons.
  5. Cannon Fodder podcast: Sorting through the Bucs' injuries

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    Greg Auman sorts through the Bucs players sidelined with injury and illness in the latest edition of our Cannon Fodder podcast.

    He also looks at some of the personal matchups and connections between the Bucs and Minnesota Vikings in advance of Tampa Bay's first road game of the season. Listen below:...

    Kwon Alexander left the Bucs' game against the Bears with a hamstring injury. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  6. Life sentence for man convicted in killing of brother of Bucs' Kwon Alexander

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    An Alabama man who shot and killed the 17-year-old brother of Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander in 2015 was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday, the Anniston (Ala.) Star reported.

    Jared Bailey, 25, of Anniston had faced a murder charge in the death of Broderick Taylor but was found guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter, the newspaper reported. Bailey could have faced a minimum of 20 years in prison. A circuit county judge gave him the maximum sentence of life with the possibility of parole....

    Bucs middle linebacker Kwon Alexander (58), pictured during training camp in July at One Buc Place. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  7. Clemson reunion for Bucs' Adam Humphries, Vikings' Mackensie Alexander

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    Bucs receiver Adam Humphries will have a familiar face lining up against him Sunday when he's in the slot and the Vikings have Mackensie Alexander guarding him as their nickel defensive back.

    The two were teammates at Clemson -- they played together in 2014, and were both with the Tigers in 2013 when Alexander redshirted. They have identical roster measurements at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds and are even represented by the same agency....

    Bucs wide receiver Adam Humphries (10) makes a reception before being tackled by Chicago Bears defensive back Marcus Cooper (31) Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  8. Clemson reunion Sunday for Bucs' Humphries, Vikings' Alexander

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    Bucs receiver Adam Humphries will have a familiar face lining up against him Sunday when he's in the slot and the Vikings have Mackensie Alexander guarding him as their nickel defensive back.

    The two were teammates at Clemson -- they played together in 2014, and were both with the Tigers in 2013 when Alexander redshirted. They have identical roster measurements at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds and are even represented by the same agency....

    Bucs receiver Adam Humphries had two catches for 18 yards in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears.
  9. J.R. Sweezy shows what Bucs were missing

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    By Greg Auman

    TAMPA —- Sunday's season-opening win against the Bears saw the debut of 13 Bucs, a mix of rookies and free-agent veterans.

    None were more long awaited than right guard J.R. Sweezy, who signed with Tampa Bay last year, missed all of last season after back surgery and hadn't played in 20 months.

    "It felt really good to finally get back into the swing of things and play some real football," said Sweezy, 28, who played every offensive snap of the 29-7 victory over Chicago....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive guard J.R. Sweezy (73), seen at center, runs through drills during training camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, July 31, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 

  10. Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs-Vikings features a battle of top rookies

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    Greg Auman looks at how much the Bucs have changed since the last time they played the Minnesota Vikings in 2014 in our latest Cannon Fodder podcast.

    Plus, a battle of top rookies Sunday in the Bucs' O.J. Howard and Minnesota's Dalvin Cook and the long-awaited debut of guard J.R. Sweezy. Listen below:...

    Bucs tight end O.J. Howard (80) makes a reception as Chicago Bears free safety Eddie Jackson (39) tackles him Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  11. Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs could run into their nemesis

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    Greg Auman finishes wrapping up the Bucs' win against the Chicago Bears and looks ahead to Sunday's game at Minnesota, where Tampa Bay could run into nemesis Case Keenum, in our latest Cannon Fodder podcast.

    More on why the cannons weren't firing Sunday, and Ronde and Tiki Barber teaming up for the broadcast of the next Bucs home game. Listen below:...

    Bucs outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) sacks Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum (17) during a 2016 game. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  12. Strange case: Bucs could face nemesis Case Keenum again

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    Who, you might wonder, will be the first NFL quarterback to beat Jameis Winston three times?

    The natural guess would be a division rival, and Carolina's Cam Newton and New Orleans' Drew Brees have beaten Winston twice already.

    But the first quarterback this season with a chance to beat the Bucs for a third time in three seasons is ... Case Keenum?...

    Case Keenum of the Minnesota Vikings drops back to pass in the first half Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. [Getty Images]
  13. Strange Case: Bucs could face nemesis Keenum again

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    Who, you might wonder, will be the first NFL quarterback to beat Jameis Winston three times?

    The natural guess would be a division rival, and Carolina's Cam Newton and New Orleans' Drew Brees have beaten Winston twice already.

    But the first quarterback this season with a chance to beat the Bucs for a third time in three seasons is ... Case Keenum?

    If Sam Bradford's knee keeps him out Sunday as it did for the Vikings this past week, then the Bucs will face Keenum, who led the Rams to victories against Tampa Bay in each of the last two seasons....

    The Bucs stopped Case Keenum on this two-point conversion last season, but he's beaten Tampa Bay in each of the last two years, throwing for four touchdown passes.
  14. Tiki Barber will join his brother, Ronde, on Fox broadcast for Bucs-Giants

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    FOX announced Monday night that former Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber will have a familiar face joining him as a guest analyst for the Oct. 1 Bucs-Giants game in Tampa: his twin brother Tiki, who will join play-by-play man Kenny Albert as the brothers watch their old teams play.

    "I probably wouldn't want to be part of a three-man booth with too many people, but I'm happy to share the FOX booth with Tiki," Ronde said in a statement. "Tiki is a novice in terms of calling games, and there are so many different mechanics that go along with it. We have always shared our life experiences with each other, so he knows what he is getting into by virtue of me. He is very 'big picture' and not myopic when it comes to football. Because of his history in New York and mine in Tampa, we will be able to offer a different perspective to these two markets and a global viewpoint on both teams to any viewer."...

    Tiki Barber, right, will join his brother, Ronde, left, as a guest analyst on the Oct. 1 Bucs-Giants broadcast on FOX. [Times files (2006)]
  15. Cannons will fire again when Bucs return to Raymond James Stadium

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    As good as the Bucs looked in their season-opening 29-7 win against the Bears on Sunday, fans couldn't help but notice that the success didn't sound the same at Raymond James Stadium.

    The signature firing of the cannons from the pirate ship in the north end zone of the stadium -- a warning shot to mark the Bucs entering the red zone, and one blast for every point scored by the home team -- was never heard in Sunday's win. Fans were concerned enough that in looking for answers online, one of the most-read stories on tampabay.com over the weekend was an August story on the Redskins' Josh Norman asking why the Bucs can fire their cannons, but he can't make a bow-and-arrow gesture in celebration without a fine....

     Ron Gutschmidt is perched on top of the Buccaneer pirate ship ready to activate the ship's cannons with the press of a button after a Buccaneer touchdown. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]