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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. Tampa Bay Lightning center Mitchell Stephens (67) celebrates a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 5.
    Fifteen games into his NHL career, the Tampa Bay forward is doing the little things to earn more ice time.
  2. Linebacker Shaquil Barrett was one of the best surprises of the season for the Buccaneers.
    The linebacker sees long-term fit with Tampa Bay after becoming team’s single-season sack record holder and leading the NFL.
  3. Tampa Bay Lightning center Carter Verhaeghe (23) celebrates his third goal of the game to complete his first career hat trick in the Lightning's 9-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
    Tampa Bay pours on nine goals to extend its win streak to eight games.
  4. Vancouver Canucks center J.T. Miller (9), on right, celebrates with his team after they score the first goal of the game during first period action at Amalie Arena on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 in Tampa.
    The former Lightning player is shooting more and having the best start of his career.
  5. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) before a game against the Boston Bruins on Dec. 12.
    After leaving Saturday’s game following a hit to the head, the veteran is expected to miss at least two more games.
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White (45) laughs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Carl Nassib (94) during the first half of the preseason game against the Miami Dolphins on August 16, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
    Tampa Bay’s top draft pick finished his first NFL season by winning consecutive NFL rookie of the month honors.
  7. John Lynch went to nine Pro Bowls and was a two-time All Pro with the Bucs and Broncos.
    Could this be the season the hard-hitting Bucs safety finally receives enshrinement?
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) takes questions during a press conference at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Sunday, December 29, 2019. The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-22 in overtime.
    The Bucs quarterback took the podium Sunday in a room where the head coach who had defended him for weeks struck a noticeably different tone. And for perhaps the first time in his five years in Tampa...
  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Breshad Perriman (19), punter Bradley Pinion (8), wide receiver Cyril Grayson (15) and Atlanta Falcons long snapper Josh Harris (47) have prayer after the game a Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Sunday, December 29, 2019. The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-22 in overtime.
    After a slow start, the Bucs’ pending free-agent receiver records posted his third-straight 100-yard game, and wants to return for more.
  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Matt Gay (9) walks off the field after missing a field goal during the second half at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Sunday, December 29, 2019. The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-22 in overtime.
    Bucs kicker left nine points on the board in Tampa Bay’s overtime loss to the Falcons