Eduardo A. Encina - Bucs/Pro Sports/Enterprise Reporter

Bucs/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. Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles talks with then-rookie cornerback Jamel Dean in July at the AdventHealth Training Center. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  2. The Bucs' indoor facility isn't seeing much use these days, as players continue to work virtually. [URSO, CHRIS  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Ali Marpet graded out as the top offensive guard over the past five seasons. [DUANE BURLESON  |  Associated Press]
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  5. After being closed for several weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak, Chandler Fashion Center Mall welcomes back patrons with many social distancing guideline signs Sunday, May 17 in Chandler, Ariz.  Much of the country remains unlikely to venture out to bars, restaurants, theaters or the gym anytime soon, despite state and local officials increasingly allowing businesses to reopen. That's according to a new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.  [Ross D. Franklin | Associated Press] [ROSS D. FRANKLIN  |  AP]
  6. Rowdies midfielders Yann Ekra (7) and Sebastian Dalgaard (23) participate in drills Tuesday in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  7. Bucs linebacker Devin White, still just 22, says he saw himself as a rookie in name only last season. [Tampa Bay Buccaneers]
  8. NFL teams are allowed to reopen their facilities, which includes the Bucs' AdventHealth Training Center, starting Tuesday, but players and coaches are not allowed to return yet. [URSO, CHRIS  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  9. Vince McMahon, left, fired former XFL commissioner Oliver Luck, right, on April 9. [AP]
  10. I'll see you soon: Saints quarterback Drew Brees and new Bucs quarterback Tom Brady will meet in the first week of the season, but which team has a more favorable schedule in the NFC South?  (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File) [MICHAEL DWYER  |  AP]
  11. Mike Evans had six catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-27, Monday-night loss to the Steelers in 2018. [HERNDON, MONICA  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  12. Tampa Bay Bucs outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett, along with the Tampa-based Eat Right, donates 100 lunches to Tampa General workers during Nurses Appreciation Week. [EDUARDO A. ENCINA  |  Times]
  13. Jesuit's Camden Minacci throws four innings in a Class 6A state semifinal against Miami Springs last season. Minacci was unable to complete his senior season, or make a run at another state crown, thanks to the pandemic. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
  14. Tyler Johnson had a standout senior season at Minnesota, leading to his fifth-round selection in the NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. [ERIC MILLER  |  Minnesota Golden Gophers]
  15. No matter what uniform Tom Brady wears, he still has remarkable drawing power. [FRED KFOURY III  |]
  16. Drew Brees, right, speaking with Jameis Winston, has at least two good years left in his right arm. [Times (2017)]
  17. The Panthers had a lot of work to do to rebuild their defense, and getting versatile defenders in the draft like Southern Illinois defensive back Jeremy Chinn should help them be competitive. [MICHAEL CONROY  |  AP]
  18. National team quarterback Reid Sinnett (17) from San Diego calls a play during the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl against the American team on Jan. 18 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. [BRANDON SLOTER  |]
  19. First-round pick Tristan Wirfs has the speed and athleticism to be a difference-maker at right tackle, but he must show he’s ready for the physicality of the NFL game. [CHARLIE NEIBERGALL  |  AP]
  20. Vanderbilt Commodores running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn breaks free against South Carolina during the first quarter of a game at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., last season. [SCOTT KINSER  |]
  21. Minnesota defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. (11) plays against Purdue during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Sept. 28, 2019. [MICHAEL CONROY  |  AP]
  22. There's no doubting the athleticism of Tristan Wirfs (74). But is he too nice of a guy to truly excel in the NFL? [STEPHEN MALLY  |]
  23. Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins runs for a 33-yard touchdown against Michigan in the second half of a game in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Nov. 30, 2019. [PAUL SANCYA  |  Associated Press]
  24. The Bucs weren't willing to gamble that Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs (74) would still be on the board at No. 14, so they traded up a spot. [ZACH BOLINGER  |]