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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. Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett runs past Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III in a game earlier this month. Before being released by the team Tuesday, Hargreaves produced one interception, four passes defensed and 39 tackles in nine games.
    With the team releasing Vernon Hargreaves, only one of the seven players selected by Tampa Bay remains on the current roster
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during warm ups before the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
    He’s no Lamar Jackson, but Winston took off running for the third straight Sunday, to good effect.
  3. O.J. Howard (80) makes a reception to beat Arizona Cardinals linebacker Haason Reddick (43) on the Bucs' touchdown drive just before halftime of a 30-27 victory over Arizona Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
    Bucs Journal: Howard had a season-high seven targets and his first touchdown catch of the season in the win over Arizona.
  4. Ronald Jones (27) fumbles after a reception in Bucs territory in the fourth quarter Sunday, a mistake that Cardinals strong safety Budda Baker (32) recovered. The turnover marred an otherwise productive game for Tampa Bay's second-year running back.
    The second-year back was the Bucs’ leading receiver Sunday but had a costly fourth-quarter fumble.
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (27) is pushed out of bounds by Arizona Cardinals strong safety Jalen Thompson (34) and outside linebacker Haason Reddick (43) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
    Second-year running back continuing to become more involved in Tampa Bay offense, this time as a pass catcher.
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard (80) warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
    White’s Instagram story shows Bucs tight end wearing an LSU sweatshirt after the Tigers beat Alabama.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Kahzin Daniels (41) heads off the field with his team after mandatory mini-camp on June 6, 2019 at the AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa, Florida.
    New outside linebackers Sam Acho and Kahzin Daniels will both play against the Cardinals.
  8. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)
    Encina’s early read: The Bucs need to get more sacks out of their blitz-heavy scheme to help a young secondary.
  9. Bucs linebacker Shaquil Barrett
    Why the Bucs’ last eight games matter: The outside linebacker ranks as one of the league’s top pass rushers. What does he need to?
  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)
    Why the Bucs’ last eight games matter: In the second half of his fifth NFL season, Winston must show he’s on the right track.