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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. 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]
  2. 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.
  3. 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 

  4. 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]
  5. 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]
  6. 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]
  7. 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.
  8. 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)]
  9. 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]
  10. Tiki will join Ronde Barber 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."...

    Twin brothers Ronde and Tiki Barber, shown during a Bucs-Giants game in 2006, will be in the broadcast booth together as Tiki joins Ronde and play-by-play man Kenny Albert for the Bucs-Giants game in Tampa on Oct. 1.
  11. Cannons will fire again when Bucs return to Raymond James

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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 in this 2010 photo.
  12. Bucs journal: At end of first half, a push for more points pays off

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    TAMPA — The Bucs weren't perfect on offense in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears, but they came close on one play to set up a 50-yard field goal before halftime.

    Up 23-0, given the ball at their 25 with 1:04 left, the Bucs could have easily just run out the half, content to safeguard a dominating lead. Instead, they worked on that two-minute drill, with Jameis Winston completing four passes for 53 yards to set up the kick....

    Jameis Winston’s 21-yard completion to DeSean Jackson was the Bucs’ longest offensive play in Sunday’s victory over the Bears.
  13. Cameron Brate, Minnesota Viking? Bucs TE got first look there

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    As the Bucs head to Minnesota this week for a game against the Vikings, tight end Cameron Brate can wonder what might have been.

    Before he got to the Bucs as an undrafted rookie in 2014, he got a look at Vikings rookie minicamp, even completing one of his final exams to get his degree from Harvard with a proctor in the lobby of the Vikings team hotel. Minnesota didn't sign him, however, and he tried out for the Bucs, signed a contract and worked his way up with Tampa Bay and tied for the NFL lead among tight ends with eight touchdowns last season....

    Bucs tight end Cameron Brate, shown in a photo shoot for the Times' Bucs season preview section, got a look for the Vikings in rookie minicamp in 2014 before signing with the Bucs.
  14. Bucs' Bernard Reedy cherishes debut, returner role

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    Lakewood's Bernard Reedy had tried to earn his way into an NFL game for three straight years but Sunday he achieved that goal, handling the Bucs' punt and kickoff returns in their season-opening win against the Bears.

    "It feels great. It's still surreal to be my first career regular-season game. It's priceless," said Reedy, who earned one of the last spots on the Bucs' 53-man roster as the team's fifth receiver....

    Bernard Reedy (18) handled the Bucs' punt and kickoff returns in their season-opening win against the Bears. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
  15. Bucs' Bernard Reedy cherishes debut, returner role

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    Lakewood's Bernard Reedy had tried to earn his way into an NFL game for three straight years but Sunday he achieved that goal, handling the Bucs' punt and kickoff returns in their season-opening win against the Bears.

    "It feels great. It's still surreal to be my first career regular-season game. It's priceless," said Reedy, who earned one of the last spots on the Bucs' 53-man roster as the team's fifth receiver....

    Lakewood grad Bernard Reedy, who made his NFL debut on Sunday, joined QB Jameis Winston in St. Petersburg on Friday in serving food at a giveaway in St. Petersburg for hurricane victims.