RB Bobby Rainey - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|5-7, 208||Born: 10-16-1987||College: Western Kentucky||Drafted: ---|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 29): Doug Martin isn't blowing anyone away, but Rainey is clearly back to backup status. He can be dropped, even if only for a higher upside backup RB.
Week 5: at New Orleans Saints
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Doug Martin started to shake off his rust vs. Pittsburgh, and delivered some decent production for his fantasy squads due to a rushing TD (14/40/1 rushing with 2/16/0 receiving) - the feared committee with Bobby Rainey didn't materialize (4/2/0 rushing with 1/16/0 receiving), with Martin handling a little over 75% of the touches between the two (16 vs. 5, 76% in favor of Martin). We'll see if he can do a little more this week as Martin gets back into 'game shape'. The Saints' rush D ranks 21st in the NFL averaging 123.5 yards allowed per game, with four rushing scores given away to date. They gave up 35/190/2 to the Dallas backs last week, after holding Minnesota to 22/59/0 rushing two weeks ago. Lately, the Saints' defensive front has been all over the map. Advantage, Tampa Bay.
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Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 2 vs STL (22 / 144 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Bobby Rainey had a stellar day on the ground averaging over 6 yards per carry against the Rams in week 2. His most notable carry on the day came when he ripped off a 31-yard scamper. The Buccaneers called the perfect play, a quick draw behind the left guard. The Rams blitzed off the edge, which left few defenders in the middle of the field to stop Rainey. As he busted through the line of scrimmage, he used a Vincent Jackson stalk block perfectly to hit the left edge and take it up the sideline. He gained even more yards at the end of the play by using a chop step to freeze the Rams' safety and pick up an extra five yards. Rainey had eleven plays of five or more yards, including a clutch 19-yard reception on the games final drive. Overall, Rainey looked much more polished as a runner than Martin has over the past few games. Rainey did a great job being patient to the hole, but exploding through it. Martin often would attempt to blast his way through a crowded line, Rainey waits for the hole to open. Rainey also displayed incredible footwork, using his shiftiness to make defenders miss in space. He gained 24 yards on the second play from scrimmage on an off tackle run. The right tackle sealed the end well and Rainey was able to hit the edge and turn it up field for 24 yards before being wrestled to the ground by TJ McDonald. Overall, Rainey impressed with his ability to make tacklers miss. The offensive line did well in creating room, but Rainey's ability to improvise is what truly paved the way for his big day. The other important note is that Rainey got the major majority of carries on the day, receiving 22 of 28 running back rushes and the only 3 targets to a back in the passing game.
2014 Week 3 vs ATL (11 / 41 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 64 / 0 rec)
Due to the nature of the game flow, Rainey was not allowed to establish a run game rhythm. He did break off a nice gains of five and eight yards, his longest of the night. On the 8-yard carry, Glennon noticed a fairly empty box and checked to a draw from the shotgun. Rainey tried to jam it up the middle, but smartly bounced it to the outside when the line collapsed toward the center. He made a defender miss in space and finished by fighting for an extra few yards. Although Rainey suffered rushing wise due to the blowout, he benefited in the passing game. Rainey led all Buccaneers with seven receptions. Mike Glennon seemed to check down the second he didn't see an open first read. Of Rainey's seven catches it looked as though only one was designed for him to be the primary target. Rainey came out of the backfield uncovered on numerous routes due in part to running "delay" routes. Rainey would initially chip or sit in the pocket with Glennon to help in blitz protection, but then release after a few seconds. He found himself wide open many times in the middle of the field. Rainey mostly ran hitches or digs out of the backfield. Often times the entire Falcon LB corps clears out chasing other receivers and Rainey leaks into the middle of the field for a dump off with room to rumble after the catch. His longest gain, a 14-yard completion came on a drive in which he caught four passes. He filters out of the backfield, snags a checkdown from Glennon, turns and runs 13 of 14 yards gained untouched. Glennon had a propensity to check down to Rainey often in this offense. He was an intrical part of the passing game, which may be because they were being blown out, but it's worth noting.
2014 Week 4 vs PIT (4 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Rainey's highlight play came on a useless 16-yard reception on a 3rd down and 31 yards to go. The entire Pittsburgh defense was protecting against a long pass for the first down and willingly let Rainey catch a check down pass from Glennon over the middle and scamper for 16 yards. Rainey was largely ineffective on Sunday against the Steelers averaging 0.5 yards per carry on only four carries. He did have the nice reception out of the backfield, but it's clear that when Martin is healthy, Rainey will only be used for a quick spell here and there as evidenced by his pedestrian 6 touches.
Latest NewsBuccaneers | Doug Martin expects to play (Thu Sep 25, 02:17 PM) - Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) said he expects to return in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 'The knee's coming along just fine,' Martin said. 'Full go in practice, and I expect to play in this upcoming game.' RB Bobby Rainey started in the backfield for the two games that Martin missed. Our View: Rainey might have been a bigger factor but he coughed the ball up last week, so Martin will get a shot to take his job back. He has a tough matchup this week and the Bucs offense is a mess so we consider Martin as an RB3 right now until he can prove that he will overcome the issues around him as well as his own injury problems.
link to story Buccaneers | No timetable yet on Josh McCown (Fri Sep 19, 03:15 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said it is too soon to tell how long QB Josh McCown (thumb) may be out following his thumb injury suffered Thursday, Sept. 18, in a 56-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Smith also didn't address whether or not QB Mike Glennon might get a chance to start at quarterback even if McCown is healthy. Our View: McCown has kept the Bucs offense stuck in neutral. Mike Glennon is much better suited to harness the abilities of the twin towers, Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, and if the Bucs are rational, he'll start against the Steelers in Week 4. No word yet on whether the Bucs are rational.
link to story Buccaneers | Bobby Rainey limited (Fri Sep 19, 02:55 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey, starting in place of injured RB Doug Martin, only gained 41 yards on 11 carries Thursday, Sept. 18, against the Atlanta Falcons. Rainey rushed for 163 yards in a 2013 game against Atlanta. link to story Buccaneers | Bobby Rainey productive (Fri Sep 19, 02:54 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey, starting in place of injured RB Doug Martin (knee), led the team with seven catches for 64 yards Thursday, Sept. 18, against the Atlanta Falcons. He rushed 11 times for 41 yards in a lopsided loss. Our View: Rainey had two fumbles, one particularly egregious, but he returned to the game after short benchings and still ran hard and productively. Doug Martin owners should not be breathing sighs of relief, as Rainey showed he still deserves a big part of this backfield. He might be a good flex play against the Steelers next week.
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