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 Vipers defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville drove race cars in between football stints over the years.
  2. In this Aug. 8, 2015, file photo former owner of the San Francisco 49ers Edward DeBartolo, Jr., is interviewed before the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. President Donald Trump pardoned DeBartolo, who was convicted in gambling fraud scandal. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
  3. Tim Tebow, who is in spring training with the Mets, says he wants to be "all in" on baseball.
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  5. Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb walks back to the mound after giving up a three-run home run to Houston Astros' Jake Marisnick third inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 31, 2017, in Houston.
  6. Tampa Bay Vipers quarterback Taylor Cornelius warms up before last week's XFL opener at the New York Guardians.
  7. Houston Astros' Alex Bregman, right, delivers a statement as Astros owner Jim Crane listens during a news conference before the start of the first official spring training practice for the team Thursday in West Palm Beach.
  8. Tampa Bay Vipers defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville would prefer to use just one headset to relay plays, but in Sunday's opener he had to use two.
  9. Tampa Bay Vipers quarterback Aaron Murray calls out a play before the ball is snapped during Sunday's season opener against the New York Guardians in East Rutherford, N.J.
  10. Tampa Bay Vipers wide receiver Ryan Davis (18) warms up during practice at Plant City Stadium in Plant City, Florida on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
  11. Whether Quinton Flowers (9) lines up at quarterback, running back or wide receiver this season for the Tampa Bay Vipers, the XFL's double-pass rule will allow him to use his arm as a weapon.
  12. In the new XFL, quarterbacks won't have to relay play calls to offensive skill position players. They will hear the calls directly from the sideline.
  13. Odon S. Cardenas, a 100-year-old Army veteran, will be honored on the field during the pregame coin toss at Super Bowl 54 on Sunday evening in Miami Gardens.
  14. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up before an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  15. Former Florida Gator Antonio Callaway is looking for a fresh start in the XFL with the Tampa Bay Vipers. (Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Vipers)
  16. Tampa Bay Vipers wide receiver Antonio Callaway (5) runs through drills during practice at Plant City Stadium on Wednesday.
  17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches (56) carries the American flag onto the field during player introductions just prior to taking on the Houston Texans on Dec. 21.
  18. NFC cornerback Shaquill Griffin of the Seattle Seahawks gives a thumbs up during Pro Bowl NFL football practice, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)
  19. Tampa Bay Lightning center Mitchell Stephens (67) celebrates a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 5.
  20. Linebacker Shaquil Barrett was one of the best surprises of the season for the Buccaneers.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) before a game against the Boston Bruins on Dec. 12.
  24. 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