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Eduardo A. Encina - Bucs and Pro Sports Enterprise Reporter

Bucs and Pro Sports Enterprise Reporter

I’m back for my second stint at the Tampa Bay Times. You may recognize my byline from back in the day when I covered the Rays, Lightning and high school sports. After seven years working in my hometown of Baltimore as the lead Orioles writer at The Baltimore Sun, I’m back covering the Bucs and providing pro sports enterprise. If you have a story idea, email me, tweet me or send me a three-eyed raven. When I’m not working, I’m likely outside hiking (preferably out of cell-phone range), getting charged by a mountain goat, Instagramming my food, plotting my second career as an astronaut or taking hacks at the nearest indoor batting cage.

  1. New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) breaks away for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
    Coaching staff presents Bucs a Saquon highlight reel in an effort to prevent a sequel from the running back.
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White (45) takes the field for warm ups before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the San Francisco 49ers at Raymond James Stadium on September 8, 2019 in Tampa, Florida.
    Rookie inside linebacker didn’t practice all week.
  3. Kevin Minter played linebacker for Todd Bowles in Arizona, was released by Bowles last year when Bowles coached the Jets and is starting Sunday for the Bucs' defensive coordinator when Tampa Bay plays host to the New York Giants.
    When rookie linebacker Devin White went down, the Bucs turned to a player who keeps showing up in Todd Bowles’ defenses.
  4. New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks up at the jumbotron as head coach Pat Shurmur and starting quarterback Eli Manning huddle before an August preseason game.
    The Bucs have lost six of their last seven against the Giants and are have lost 12 of their last 15 meetings against rookie quarterbacks.
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) sacks Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
    The outside linebacker recorded three sacks in the the Bucs’ 20-14 win at Carolina.
  6. The NFC South quarterbacks -- the Panthers' Cam Newton, the Falcons' Matt Ryan and the Saints' Drew Brees are in various states of duress. It could add up to an advantage for the Bucs, but Coach Bruce Arians says pay no attention.
    Saints’ Drew Brees, Panthers’ Cam Newton battling injuries, but Tampa Bay coach wants an inward focus
  7. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackle Caleb Benenoch participates in drills during training camp at the team's practice facility, One Buc Place, in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, July 29, 2016.
    Former fifth-round pick reportedly received a lot of interest after being cut by Tampa Bay.
  8. Bucs linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) sacked San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) during the second quarter of the season opener at Raymond James Stadium. Barrett has all four of the team's sacks this season.
    With Jason Pierre-Paul injured, the Bucs needed a stalwart at outside linebacker. Barrett has provided that with four sacks in the team’s first two games.
  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians reacts on during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Sept. 13, 2019.
    The Panthers’ final drive Thursday night against the Bucs was extended by a questionable spot that many took note of on national TV.
  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White (45) works against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
    Bruce Arians hasn’t ruled White out for the Bucs’ next game on Sept. 22 against the Giants.