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  1. Shaquil Barrett celebrates an interception Sunday against the Falcons. But by and large during the first two weeks, opposing quarterbacks have had luck passing the ball against the Bucs.
  2. Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) delivers his trademark touchdown spike in the first quarter of Sunday's 48-25 victory against the Falcons at Raymond James Stadium.
  3. Bucs players and coaches say Rakeem Nunez-Roches brings"great energy all the time," whether it's on the field or in practice.
  4. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) works to call a play in Sunday's 48-25 victory against the Falcons at Raymond James Stadium.
  5. Bucs linebacker Kevin Minter also missed a playoff game last season while on the COVID-19 list.
  6. Bucs running back Ronald Jones is tackled by Falcons linebacker Steven Means on Sunday during the fourth quarter.
  7. Cornerback Richard Sherman intercepts a pass in front of Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen during a game last season in San Francisco.
  8. Babe Ruth, whose first spring training in St. Petersburg was in 1925, takes a practice cut on April 20, 1932, before the home opener at Yankee Stadium in New York.
  9. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12), center, leans in to congratulate wide receiver Chris Godwin for his touchdown reception on Sunday during the fourth quarter against the Falcons.
  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) drops back to pass and completes to wide receiver Mike Evans (13) on the first drive of the game against the Atlanta Falcons during first quarter action at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021 in Tampa.
  11. Bucs safety Mike Edwards (32) intercepts a pass during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
  12. Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burns sacks New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston during the second half of Sunday's game in Charlotte, N.C.
  13. The Bucs' Rakeem Nunez-Roches had good reason to celebrate, with his fourth-quarter hit on Falcons tailback Cordarrelle Patterson shifting momentum.
  14. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady has thrown for nine touchdowns in just two games this season.
  15. Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates after scoring a first-quarter touchdown, one of two for him in the half.
  16. Former long-time Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin holds up two fingers for his Tampa Two defense as he was inducted into the team's Ring of Honor at halftime Sunday.
  17. Raymond James Stadium turf and grounds manager Wayne Ward, 52, looks on from the back of the end zone during warmups before the Bucs take on the Falcons.
  18. The Bucs reportedly are among five teams who have reached out to five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman.
  19. Lavonte David, seen here last season, picks up a fine from the league for removing his helmet after a play in the season opener.
  20. The Bucs' Joe Tryon-Shoyinka (9) follows a play during the second half of the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 9 at Raymond James Stadium.
  21. Bucs guard Alex Cappa (65), center Ryan Jensen (66), guard Ali Marpet and tackle Donovan Smith (78) helped keep quarterback Tom Brady (12) from harm's way in Tampa Bay's season-opening victory against the Dallas Cowboys.
  22. Bucs cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting (23), who dislocated his right elbow in the season opener against the Cowboys, isn't expected to need surgery, coach Bruce Arians said Friday.
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