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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. What to watch in Sunday's Bucs-Vikings game

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    The Bucs are in Minnesota today for their first road game of the season, and here are five things to watch for as Tampa Bay goes for its first 2-0 start since 2010.

    FLAGS FLYING

    Three times last week, the Bucs kept drives alive by drawing defensive holding penalties against the Bears on third-down incomplete passes. The penalties are only 5 yards each but result in an automatic first down. Tampa Bay might be able to do better against the Vikings — CB Xavier Rhodes had a 22-yard pass interference call against the Steelers and CB Trae Waynes had a 49-yard penalty, part of 131 yards on flags for Minnesota last week....

  2. DeSean Jackson on Trump: 'Definitely ... making a statement'

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    Bucs players continue to react to Donald Trump's comments Friday night about protests during the national anthem, and Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson posted on Twitter on Saturday night that he's "definitely" making a statement during Sunday's game in response.

    "I definitely will be making a statement," Jackson wrote in a series of tweets. "No disrespect to our military ... but we have to stick together as people !! Unity."...

    Bucs WR DeSean Jackson, shown in preseason, wrote on Twitter on Saturday that he "definitely" will make a statement Sunday after President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players and national anthem protests.
  3. Bucs' Chris Baker, Jacquies Smith out vs. Vikings

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    Two Bucs defensive linemen -- starting DT Chris Baker and backup DE Jacquies Smith -- did not make the trip to Minnesota and will not play Sunday after missing practice all week due to illness.

    Baker and Smith had been listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report, but are now out and will be inactive Sunday against the Vikings. Baker's absence means veteran Clinton McDonald is back in the starting lineup and will see more action. The Bucs now will go with only three defensive tackles, with Sealver Siliga as the backup, unless they make a move to promote Channing Ward from the practice squad. Smith hasn't played in more than a year, and missed last week's game as he recovers from knee surgery....

    Bucs defensive tackle Chris Baker, shown in training camp, will miss Sunday's game at Minnesota after missing practice all week with illness.
  4. Bucs players respond to Trump comments on anthem protests

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    President Donald Trump shared his thoughts Friday night on NFL players protesting during the national anthem, suggesting that NFL owners should "fire" players who kneel during the anthem in protest. His remarks are alreading drawing responses from many NFL players, including some Bucs.

    "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that (expletive) off the field right now, out, he's fired. He's fired!'" Trump said at a rally in Alabama, with video of the speech widely broadcast later on TV news outlets. "You know, some owner is gonna do that. He's gonna say 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he's fired.' And that owner, they don't know it ... They're friends of mine, many of them. They don't know it. They'll be the most popular person, for a week. They'll be the most popular person in this country."...

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13), quarterback Jameis Winston (3) and head coach Dirk Koetter observe the national anthem before the start of a football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.
  5. Bucs have chance to beat Vikings in their third stadium

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    Here's a cool sign that the Bucs are getting up there as an NFL franchise: If Tampa Bay can win Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, it will mark the first time the Bucs have posted road wins against the same NFL opponent in three different stadiums.

    The Bucs had one of their first-ever road wins at old Metropolitan Stadium in 1978, and then got their first win in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in 1983, making the Vikings one of 13 NFL teams the Bucs have beaten in two different stadiums....

    TIMES ARCHIVES (2012) | Bucs RB Doug Martin runs during Tampa Bay's 36-17 win at the Vikings in 2012, in what was then called Mall of America Field. If Tampa Bay wins Sunday, it will mark the first time they have road wins against the same NFL opponent in three different stadiums.
  6. Bucs players respond to Trump comments on anthem protests

    Blog

    President Donald Trump shared his thoughts Friday night on NFL players protesting during the national anthem, suggesting that NFL owners should "fire" players who kneel during the anthem in protest. His remarks are alreading drawing responses from many NFL players, including some Bucs.

    "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired. He's fired!'" Trump said at a rally in Alabama, with video of the speech widely broadcast later on TV news outlets. "You know, some owner is gonna do that. He's gonna say 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he's fired.' And that owner, they don't know it ... They're friends of mine, many of them. They don't know it. They'll be the most popular person, for a week. They'll be the most popular person in this country."...

    Bucs players Mike Evans and Jameis Winston stand with coach Dirk Koetter during the national anthem in a game played in San Diego last season.
  7. Bucs have chance to beat Vikings in their third stadium

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    Here's a cool sign that the Bucs are getting up there as an NFL franchise: If Tampa Bay can win Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, it will mark the first time the Bucs have posted road wins against the same NFL opponent in three different stadiums.

    The Bucs had one of their first-ever road wins at old Metropolitan Stadium in 1978, and then got their first win in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in 1983, making the Vikings one of 13 NFL teams the Bucs have beaten in two different stadiums....

    Bucs RB Doug Martin runs during Tampa Bay's 36-17 win at the Vikings in 2012, in what was then called Mall of America Field. If Tampa Bay wins Sunday, it will mark the first time they have road wins against the same NFL opponent in three different stadiums.
  8. Bucs journal: Vikings rule QB Sam Bradford out for Sunday's game

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    TAMPA — Vikings QB Sam Bradford was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bucs with a knee injury.

    That means Minnesota will start Bucs killer Case Keenum, who has beaten Tampa Bay each of the past two years with the Rams. Keenum has passed for three touchdowns of 43 yards or more in those games. In the Bucs' other 31 games since the start of 2015, all other opposing quarterbacks have totaled three touchdown passes of 43 yards or longer....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Chris Conte participates in the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
  9. Bucs' Chris Conte: 'If you play safety, you're going to get fined'

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    Bucs safety Chris Conte has been fined by the NFL for a helmet-first hit on Bears receiver Josh Bellamy that resulted in a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win.

    Conte said the league had notified his agent of the fine, but that he wasn't told the specifics as to why. ESPN reported it as a $24,000 fine, and the league's schedule of fines for 2017 lists the initial violation for "impermissable use of the helmet" as $24,309. He was previously fined $22,050 in 2014 for a hit against the Bills, and said he intends to appeal the current fine, saying it comes with playing his position....

    Bucs safety Chris Conte, left, makes a tackle during Sunday's win against the Bears.
  10. Bucs LB Alexander, Vikings QB Bradford both out for Sunday

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    Bucs middle linebacker Kwon Alexander, who left Sunday's season opener with a hamstring injury, has been ruled out for Tampa Bay's game at Minnesota this week, as has Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford.

    Alexander, who did not practice at all this week, had said he would play Sunday, but that decision ultimately isn't his, and the team must look out for longterm health, as hamstring injuries can linger if they're not allowed time to heal properly. Rookie Kendell Beckwith, who played well in Alexander's absence, will now start at middle linebacker after starting at strongside last week....

    Bucs LB Kwon Alexander, shown making an interception in Sunday's win against the Bears, has been ruled out for Sunday's game at the Vikings due to a hamstring injury.
  11. Bucs' defensive attributes in opener included flexibility

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    TAMPA — It's a blink-and-you-miss-it nuance, but in Sunday's opener against Chicago, on their very first defensive snap, the Bucs lined up in a 3-4 defense.

    The distinction is a small one. Versatile pass rusher Noah Spence, who would normally line up with a hand in the dirt, was standing up as an outside linebacker, in the same posture as rookie Kendell Beckwith on the opposite side of only three defensive linemen....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter shakes hands with cornerback Brent Grimes (24) before an NFL game between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 

  12. 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....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Josh Robinson (26) watches from the bench during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
  13. 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.
  14. 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]
  15. 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.