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RB Bobby Rainey - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5-7, 208Born: 10-16-1987College: Western KentuckyDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Rainey is still running his heart out, and if rookie Charles Sims isn't ready to return this week, Rainey might even get a start, but Sims is coming soon enough, and it's still the Bucs backfield, devoid of lasting fantasy value.

Week 9: at Cleveland Browns

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. The Doug Martin era in Tampa may be over soon as he is posting anemic numbers week after week (most recently, 10/27/0 rushing with 2/-1/0 receiving vs. Minnesota), and though there was speculation that Martin might be traded on Tuesday, October 28, he stuck with the team (while S Mark Barron and LB Jonathan Casillas were both shipped off, to St. Louis and New England, respectively). Charles Sims returns from injury this week and will have a big role in the rushing attack, although he was originally considered more of a third-down, receiving-back sort of player. In short, the Buccaneers have gone into full rebuilding mode at 1-6. They will be evaluating all kinds of players on their roster with an eye to next year/going forwards. That means that under-performing players (like Martin) will get little regard on this losing team. Meanwhile, the Browns are in the thick of the AFC North fight and despite averaging 143.4 rushing yards allowed per game (30th in the NFL), with seven rush TDs given up to date. They coughed up 35/182/2 in Jacksonville two weeks ago, but bounced back to hold the perennially anemic Darren McFadden-led Raiders' attack to 3.2 yards per carry (22/71/0 rushing as a team). Usually teams are able to get well above 100 yards rushing against the Browns, but the Raiders are an especially bad basket case in this phase of the game. Sims and company have a good matchup to work with here, but realize that the Tampa roster is in transition and there are no guarantees about who will get the most touches in Sims' first week back in the mix.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at NO 6 21 1 4 3 21 0 0
6 vs BAL 7 42 0 3 0 0 0 0
8 vs MIN 8 25 0 6 6 41 0 0
9 at CLE PROJ-Dodds 7 * * 4 * * *
9 at CLE PROJ-Tremblay 8 * * 3 * * *
9 at CLE PROJ-Bloom 10 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs BAL (7 / 42 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rainey looked better than Martin in the limited carries he was allotted on Sunday against the Ravens. Rainey went for 6 yards per touch on Sunday, but only say seven carries with no receptions. Rainey had two very nice runs late in the game on toss plays. The first play went for 10 yards. At the snap Rainey took the pitch to the left behind pulling guards. A Ravens' defender got penetration but Rainey slammed on the breaks and cut back towards the middle of the field before being dragged down. On the second toss play of the drive, Rainey gained 21 yards. This time the pulling offensive linemen got out quick and sealed their defenders. Rainey busted through what looked like a clogged line of scrimmage. He rumbled all the way down to the 5-yard line before being pushed out of bounds. Similarly to Martin, Rainey's usage and production was sabotaged by the blowout. The Bucs had no choice but to sling the ball often from the second quarter on as they found themselves on the wrong side of a blowout very early in the game. Rainey looked quick and patient. He was making good reads on his blocks and firing through the hole. Unfortunately for him, the Bucs turned to the pass and he wasn't a part of their passing attack.

2014 Week 8 vs MIN (8 / 25 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 41 / 0 rec)

Rainey was thrust into a more expanded role in the second half due to a Doug Martin ankle injury. Rainey's box score makes it like like he was more effective than Martin at running the ball since he earned a whopping 3.2 yards per carry to Martin's 2.7. Rainey gained 13 yards on one run, then added 12 yards on 7 carries after that. The 13-yard carry came on a 3rd and 17 when the Vikings had eight players drop into coverage to prevent the first down. The Buccaneers ran a draw. Rainey followed a pulling guard into hole and had tons of room to run. He also made a tremendous jump cut to avoid a tackler. The run is less impressive when you realize the Vikings were guarding the first down line on a 3rd and long, however. Rainey's biggest contribution came in the passing game. On the Bucs' final two drives, Rainey acted as a safety valve for Glennon if his initial read didn't immediately come open. This resulted in numerous check downs. Overall, Rainey excelled in the check down phase of the game accumulating eight yards per reception through the air. Although the box score doesn't seem it, he struggled even more so than Martin on the ground. Rainey ran a lot of delay hitches over the middle in which he'd chip an end or tackle in pass blocking, then simply turn around as a receiver in case Glennon needed him. Mike Glennon is the king of checking down and ended up finding him six times.


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