RB Bobby Rainey - Free Agent
|5-7, 208||Born: 10-16-1987||College: Western Kentucky||Drafted: ---|
2016 Week 4 vs MIN (4 / 22 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 43 / 0 rec)
Bobby Rainey got the second most touches as a Giant running back behind Darkwa and had a solid outing. Rainey started off his day evading a potential tackler on the outside and turning a likely negative play into a positive gain on the ground. Rainey showed explosion and quickness as he made several defenders miss at the line and had the speed to exploit any gaps in the defense. Rainey was used a lot on dive plays up the middle but the Giants struggled in this regard as they are not well equipped to be in short yardage situations. Rainey picked up a few first downs through the air also, showing reliable hands. He has the quickness to get open vs slower footed linebackers in coverage. Regardless, Rainey is a desperation play in PPR leagues if Jennings remains out and almost worthless when Jennings returns as the Giants backfield is crowded.
2016 Week 5 vs GB (5 / 22 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 52 / 0 rec)
Bobby Rainey was a lone brightspot apart from Beckham on Sunday night for the Giants. The young back got his hands on the ball in a variety of ways and has massive potential as a third/passing down situation player for this team. He was the leading rusher, despite not getting the most carries and second leading receiver in terms of yards which shows his versatility. Rainey was primarily used as a check down option for Manning out of the backfield. He showed he has the hands to consistently secure the ball in tight situations and the quickness to get open against linebackers. Rainey had an excellent run in the second half which Giants fans must have been excited to see. He made a man miss as he caught a pass near the line of scrimmage on the outside and then stiff armed another defender for a big first down. This showed power and determination that will aid him going forward and look good on tape for the Giants coaches. Rainey also caught several screen passes which he set up well and looked confident doing. He can be played in deep PPR leagues but owners should have very tempered expectations with the struggles seen in this offense lately.
2015 Week 1 vs TEN (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Rainey operated primarily as a return man. He was solid returning kickoffs and punts. He had a nice 22 yard punt return called back by a penalty in the 2nd quarter, and got a few carries late in the game, as well as recording a 4 yard reception, as Tampa's hopes for victory waned. Rainey isn't worth consideration in fantasy lineups.
2015 Week 2 vs NO (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Rainey handled all kick and punt return duties for the Bucs, looking solid but not spectacular. He saw extremely limited snaps on offense, receiving no carries and catching his only target of the game for 8 yards on a WR bubble screen as he was split out wide in an empty backfield set.
2015 Week 3 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rainey handled all kickoff and punt return duties, fumbling twice while securing kicks, but recovering the ball in time to return it in both cases. He saw a few snaps on offense, but he did not record any carries or targets in the passing game.
2015 Week 4 vs CAR (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rainey handled kick and punt return duties for Tampa Bay, as usual, and had several good returns. Rainey was used a for few snaps on offense, but received no carries or targets.
2015 Week 5 vs JAX (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rainey handled all kick and punt return duties, and saw limited offensive snaps lined up in the backfield and split out wide. Rainey nearly took a punt to the house at the 9:00 mark in the second quarter, being dragged down from behind after returning the ball 58 yards deep into Jacksonville territory. The Bucs scored their first touchdown of the game just three plays later on a Doug Martin catch and run. Rainey also set the Bucs up in Jacksonville territory again with a 25 yard punt return in the 4th quarter, leading to a Doug Martin TD run.
2015 Week 7 vs WAS (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Rainey handled his usual kick and punt return duties, and saw a slight increase in offense snaps after Louis Murphy went down. He was only targeted once, catching a short screen pass at the end of the 2nd quarter on 3rd and 12 and failing to pick up the first down.
2015 Week 9 vs NYG (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rainey handled all punt and kick return duties. He had a nice kickoff return negated by a holding penalty in the second quarter. On the play, Rainey nearly broke loose from the pack of defenders for a score, and was pushed out of bounds by the kicker. Recorded 1 carry for 3 yards but did not see significant offensive snaps.
2015 Week 10 vs DAL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rainey held down his usual kick and punt return duties and did not have any carries or targets on offense.
2015 Week 11 vs PHI (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Handled his usual kick and punt return duties. Fumbled his only carry of the game in the 2nd quarter, but center Joe Hawley recovered.
2015 Week 12 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rainey handled kick and punt return duties, breaking a few tackles on a 2nd quarter punt return, but otherwise having a slow day as most of Indy's kickoffs were touchbacks.
2015 Week 13 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rainey handled his usual kickoff and punt return duties, losing 1 kickoff return to Donteea Dye in the 3rd quarter. He had a nice 28 yard punt return in the 3rd quarter to set the Bucs up in good field position for a field-goal scoring drive.
2015 Week 14 vs NO (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Handled kickoff and punt return duties, mostly touchbacks and fair catches. Returned one kickoff for 31 yards. Did not record significant snaps on offense.
2015 Week 15 vs LA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rainey held down his usual kick and punt return duties, and did not see any carries or targets on offense.
2015 Week 16 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rainey handled his usual punt and kick return duties, but was spelled on one kickoff by WR Donteea Dye. Rainey did muff 2 punts in the 3rd quarter, recovering both himself. The first was without incident, but the 2nd fumble was nearly recovered by Chicago before Rainey fell on it.
2015 Week 17 vs CAR (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rainey fumbled and lost a punt return deep in Tampa Bay's red zone in the 3rd quarter, leading to a Cam Newton rushing touchdown.
2014 Week 1 vs CAR (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 1 rec)
Rainey received a bit more run that expected on Sunday because Martin was in and out of the game due to injury. Rainey's most notable play of the day came on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Josh McCown. Rainey lined up to McCown's right in shotgun formation. At the snap, he ran an angle route in which he faked to the flat and cut up field. McCown fed him the pass just as he backpedaled across the goal line. Rainey didn't do much better than Martin, mainly due to the fact that the offensive line couldn't get much of a push in the second half either. Rainey's most crucial run on the day came on a first down conversion that was desperately needed to keep the game alive. He ran smack into the back of an offensive lineman, but was able to bounce the run into a different gap while dragging a defender for the first down. It's important to note that Logan Mankins, newly acquired guard from the Patriots, left the game with an injury.
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.
2014 Week 5 vs NO (6 / 21 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
The Bucs involved Rainey in the offense much more so than last week. Against the Saints, Rainey accounted for 9 touches, nearly one-third of all RB touches. His biggest highlight came on a 9-yard touchdown run on the first drive of the second half. The Bucs lined up under center and ran an off-tackle play for Rainey to the right side. The entire Bucs' offensive line did a great job of holding their blocks and especially turning their blocks to create a running lane for Rainey. Rainey shiftily maneuvered through the blocks on his way to an untouched score. Rainey was also involved in the passing game, catching three passes. He did have a crucial drop as a ball bounced off his chest on a check down that could have converted a first down. Overall, Rainey was worked in with the offense more than last week and it seems as though the Bucs are going to try to get him the ball more.
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.
2014 Week 9 vs CLE (19 / 87 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 34 / 0 rec)
Rainey had a remarkable day against the Browns, despite not finding the end zone. Rainey picked up almost 4.5 yards per carry on the day, while doing a great job of being patient to the whole but exploding through it. On the first drive of the day, Rainey reeled off yard 10-gain on a simple stretch play. The key was Rainey sticking his foot in the ground at the exact right time and turning up field through a hole, then cutting back across a defenders face to eek out every yard he could. On Rainey's biggest gain of the day, Austin Seferian-Jenkins was motioned in to the backfield as a fullback and made a great cut block on Karlos Dansby. Rainey bursted through the middle of the line behind the left guard and wasn't touched until 21 yards later when Donte Whitner brought him down. Rainey also made an impact in the passing game with a big catch. The Bucs sensed pressure coming so Mike Glennon checked to a screen play. At the snap the Browns rushed hard, while Glennon just dumped the ball over the rushing defenders. Rainey had a convoy of blockers and room to scamper. He turned it into a 34 yards gain. Overall, Rainey looked great hitting holes and making plays out of the backfield. Unfortunately for Rainey he wasn't used much in the second half. With 10 minutes left in the 2nd quarter, Rainey had 70 yards rushing and 34 yards receiving, only adding 17 more yards on the ground after that point. There wasn't mention of him being dinged up, and he did get carries after that point in the game, but the Bucs didn't involve him like they did in the first quarter and a half.
2014 Week 10 vs ATL (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
The veteran made his bones in the passing game today, including a nice 17-yard gain up the flat where he dipped inside a tackle and back to the sideline. He often made the first man miss just enough for extra yards and was very close to breaking tackles or much more. However, his work from the backfield as a runner wasn't as impressive, but neither he, Sims, nor Mike James did anything to separate themselves from the pack. Atlanta filled gaps and shut down the ground game often enough that it was barely a factor during the first half.
2014 Week 11 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rainey took a backseat to Charles Sims as far as snap count. Rainey played 19 snaps compared to Sims 31. He also was not heavily utilized when he was in the game, only receiving 5 carries and 1 target out of the backfield compared to Sims' 13 carries and 4 targets out of the backfield. Rainey looked especially sluggish on his early carries not hitting the hole hard. He was immediately replaced by Sims who ran for 23 yards on two carries immediately after replacing Rainey. Sims was largely ineffective for the remainder of the day, however. Rainey did see one checkdown target out of the backfield that he couldn't hang on to. Overall, Sims was the main back used against the Redskins. He had triple the amount of touches Rainey received. Rainey only received a carry on 25% of the snaps he played as well.
2014 Week 12 vs CHI (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Rainey saw most of his work in the passing game on third down in this game, taking a back seat to Doug Martin and Charles Sims. Rainey only carried the ball once for 3 yards, but he did see 6 targets out of the backfield. It's clear that Rainey is number three on the depth chart right now after his ineffectiveness earlier in the season. He did see snaps on 3rd downs which resulted in McCown checking the ball down to him a few times, but he was not apart of the Buccaneers game plan at all in this one. Rainey didn't see that many fewer snaps than Martni and Sims (25 of 79), but he wasn't in on many running plays and had no designed passes called for him.
2014 Week 13 vs CIN (1 / 11 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 41 / 0 rec)
Rainey only received one meaningless carry with three seconds left on the clock in the first half, but he was involved in the passing game. Rainey had a crucial grab with a minute left in the game to keep the Bucs driving down the field. At the snap, Rainey acted as if he was blocking, but peeled off. A few lineman also peeled off their blocks to lead the way down the field. The screen side receivers blocked really well, also. Rainey shook a few diving linebackers and rumbled 29 yards for the first. Overall, Rainey was the least productive of the three backs. Martin received the majority of the rushing work and Sims received the passing work. It's safe to say at this point it's a timeshare and Rainey is number three in line for touches.
2013 Week 3 vs MIN (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Rainey received the start on Sunday in his NFL debut, and of all the Browns running backs, Rainey looked the best. While that is not saying very much, Rainey did show some signs of decency with his four carries. He showed an ability to run between tackles that one would not expect from a player like Rainey, who excels in space. Rainey had runs of four, six and six yards in which he highlighted his ability to hit holes hard and get past the trenches. On Rainey's second carry, the Vikings defensive line met him two yards deep in the backfield. From there he bounced around the pile and was able to burst forward for six yards. Despite his small successes, Rainey did display his youth in the 3rd quarter where he failed to leak into the flat on a pass play. Quarterback Brian Hoyer faced pressure and threw the ball away into the Bobby Rainey-less flat, resulting in intentional grounding.
2013 Week 4 vs CIN (6 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Bobby Rainey did not impress on Sunday, failing to record double-digit yards on his six carries. Rainey receives the benefit of the doubt due to sporadic playing time, but he (literally) stumbled out of the gate against the Bengals. Rainey lacks burst to get around initial defenders at the line of scrimmage, limiting him to negligible gains. Rainey looked uncomfortable with initiating contacting with defenders, using his elusiveness between the tackles instead of making one cut and hitting a hole. This is what plagued Trent Richardson in his tenure in Cleveland, and Rainey is running similarly to T-Rich. The Browns are better off using Bobby Rainey in space, where he seemed much more comfortable on a 14-yard screen. The only other time Rainey got a catch in open space, he gained eight yards, but Alex Mack negated the play with a 15-yard personal foul. Bobby Rainey has all the tools to be a better version of Dion Lewis; however, the Browns use of Rainey between the tackles may be a misallocation of their resources. Chris Ogbonnaya was the Browns most efficient running back on Sunday. His involvement waned as the game continued, giving way to Willis McGahee by the fourth quarter. The Browns list Ogbonnaya at fullback, but Obi has complete versatility to be both a tailback and a fullback. Obi-Wan started the game as the primary ball carrier/tailback but finished at fullback on his touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Ogbonnaya finds holes quickly and hits them with authority. However, he lacks extra moves or strength to muscle past defender once he hits the second level. Ogbonnaya's pass catching ability does keep him in the game, and his route running on dump offs and screens are quick and concise. Ogbonnaya showed solid hands throughout the game, and his biggest play came when he leaked out of the backfield near the goal line and caught a wide-open Brian Hoyer pass to definitely swing the game in the Browns' favor.
2013 Week 5 vs BUF (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -5 / 0 rec)
Bobby Rainey has failed to show the Browns coaching staff why he deserves carries over a largely inefficient 31-year-old running back. That says something. Rainey was able to gain seven yards a carry in the fourth quarter, but at this point is nothing more than an infrequent change-of-pace back to the largely superior Willis McGahee. Rainey could see increased carries in the future due to the injury to Chris Ogbonnaya, but it looks as if the Browns coaching staff is trusting McGahee to be their workhorse.
2013 Week 10 vs MIA (8 / 45 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
The recently signed back from Cleveland looked explosive on his eight carries against the Dolphins. His best run came on a 31 yard scamper to the Dolphins' 1 yard line. Rainey took the hand off to the right and darted through an opening behind Davin Joseph. Once he reached the second level, he realized the Dolphins' backers and secondary had lost contain, so he cut it back left and raced for the end zone. He was finally knocked out of bounds at the 1 yard line. On the next play, Rainey took the ball up the middle then bounced it hard to the outside running east-west all the way to the pylon for the score. Aside from the big run, Rainey had some issues finding running room. He totaled 14 yards on 7 carries without the 31 yard chunk play. When Rainey had room to run, like on an 11 yard check down over the middle, he looked quick and elusive, but the Dolphins did a great job of stepping their defensive play after halftime.
2013 Week 11 vs ATL (30 / 163 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 1 rec)
The Tampa Bay offensive line has really strung together a few nice games recently. Bobby Rainey is the most recent benefactor of this superb line play. Rainey showed great patience and vision against the Falcons. He waited patiently for the blocks to develop in front of him and picked his way through the Falcons front seven. Rainey's first touchdown came on a basic lead play right through the A gap from 46 yards out. From the I-formation, Rainey got a great lead block from FB Lorig. Lorig led up through the hole and buried a Falcon linebacker. Tom Crabtree also made a nice block on the second level. Rainey squirted through the hole, broke a tackle in the secondary, and scampered into the end zone fairly easy. Rainey's next two touchdowns were a little easier than the first. He actually made the second touchdown harder than it should have been. On a stretch play to the right, Rainey should have continued to string the ball out, but he cut it back too early and had two defensive lineman waiting for him in the hole. Fortunately for him, the ball was already on the 3 yard line and he was able to muscle the tip of the football across the plane of the goal line. Rainey's final touchdown of the day came on a pass to the flat from Glennon. The Bucs got the entire Falcon defense moving left, then Glennon hit Rainey in the right flat for an easy score. Leonard played more than Rainey on passing downs, but it was obvious that the Bucs believe in Rainey's ability to run the ball, giving him 30 carries to Leonard's 4. Rainey made the most of the opportunity. He showed quickness when cutting, toughness when breaking tackles, and speed in the open field. He looked like an all-purpose franchise back on this afternoon in Tampa.
2013 Week 12 vs DET (18 / 35 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After coming off a monster week, Rainey fell victim to one of the better run stopping teams in the league. His stat line reads like those of Doug Martin's earlier in the year. He didn't even reach 2 yards per carry. The Tampa Bay offensive line couldn't move the Lions interior lineman off the ball. The entire game, all lanes were clogged up for Rainey. This allowed Tulloch and Levy to come up from their linebacker positions fill the gaps exceptionally well. The vast majority of runs saw Rainey greeted at the line of scrimmage with a clogged and congested line. Rainey had two runs of more than 10 yards, he also had 16 of less than 4 yards. On a stretch play, Rainey snuck though a hole as the fullback kicked the defensive end out. Rainey scooted for 10 yards before being brought down by Glover Quin. He also ran for 11 yards a nice inside draw that fooled the Lions into hustling up field giving Rainey a ton of room up the middle for a big gain. The run game did not work on Sunday. The Lions interior lineman created havoc in the backfield and their linebackers were flying through holes making stops on every down.
2013 Week 13 vs CAR (17 / 63 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
The holes were all clogged up up for the Buccaneers' run game on Sunday. Bobby Rainey saw 17 carries, but 13 of those carries netted 3 yards or less. He had one run of more than 10 yards in the first quarter. The Bucs ran a straight power right up the A gap, Rainey hit the hole made a shifty move or two and got the first down. Tampa attempted to attack the Panthers with balance, using an almost 50/50 run pass ratio. The Panthers were not fooled, however. Kuechly, Mitchell, and the Carolina front did a great job in run fit. They filled their gaps well and didn't allow Rainey to break any big runs. Rainey did see three targets in the passing game, bringing his total touches to 20. Neither pass that Rainey caught was by design, both were safety valve options that Rainey turned into positive yardage. Rainey looked like his usual self, running hard and decisive. The holes just were not opening up for him. Star Lotulelei, the freshman from Utah did a fabulous job in the middle, occupying tacklers to set the linebackers free. The Panther' defense out played the Bucs' offense in every aspect and it showed.
2013 Week 14 vs BUF (22 / 127 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / -4 / 0 rec)
Rainey wasted no time putting the Buccaneers on the scoreboard in Week 14. On the second play from scrimmage, he burst up the middle for an 80 yard touchdown run. From a single back set, The Bucs ran a simple trap play right up the middle of the formation. The key to this play involved both the tight end and fullback blocking right at the snap. This cause the linebackers and safeties to read their keys and dash to what they thought was the play side. Rainey takes the ball straight up the gut, breaks one Kiko Alonso tackle, and has daylight as the entire Bills defense falls for the misdirection. The Buccaneers committed to balance once again versus the Bills, but after Rainey's big run he didn't have much success. After the 80 yard touchdown run, Rainey registered only 47 yards on 21 carries. Once the Buccaneers raced out to a 24-3 lead, the Bills knew they were going to run the ball, using the clock as their friend. Aside from the big run, the Bills did a great job of getting penetration up front. Rainey seemed to always be battling a defender in the backfield on his carries. The Buccaneers lacked a push up front when drive blocking. They couldn't move the big Buffalo defensive front. Rainey was involved in the passing game, catching three balls on four targets. He finished with negative yards receiving due to a poorly set up screen pass. Kiko Alonso was allowed to come free through the line to stop Rainey 8 yards behind the line of scrimmage, completely blowing up the screen for a huge loss. Rainey's final stat line looks pretty good, but the tape tells a different tale. He was bottled up most of the afternoon. Penetration stopped him for a loss on a handful of plays. Aside from the 80 yard touchdown run, he only totaled 43 yards from scrimmage on 24 touches.
2013 Week 15 vs SF (11 / 27 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Of the twelve touches afforded to Bobby Rainey on Sunday against the 49ers, only ONE netted more than 3 yards. He only carried the ball 11 times, but was stuffed on all but one 8 yard run. The 49ers did an excellent job of shedding blocks and filling their gaps all afternoon. It didn't help Rainey's chances that the Bucs got behind early. They pretty much abandoned the run with the exception of a run here or there in the second half. They called a swing pass for him in the second half to get him involved, but that only gained 3 yards. Rainey looked like his usual self, cutting nicely, showing a good burst through the hole, but the 49ers' defense just proved to be too fast and physical for the Buccaneers to get a push up front.
2013 Week 16 vs STL (20 / 37 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Rainey scored the lone touchdown of the day for Tampa Bay, salvaging his disappointing effort. On the goal line, Rainey took the handoff straight up the middle, but all the holes were clogged. He bounced to to the right and out ran a few Rams defenders to the pylon. Rainey had one 11 yard run in which he did all the work himself. At the snap, James Laurinaitis crashed through the A gap into the backfield. Rainey gave him a stiff arm, turned up field, and jetted around the left end before being shoved out of bounds by Robert Quinn. Aside from that decent run, Rainey couldn't get going. He didn't have another run for more than 5 yards. In fact, the majority of his runs netted 2 yards or less. The Rams defense tormented Rainey the entire day. Even though the run game proved to be ineffective, the Bucs stuck with it. Laurinaitis, Quinn, Ogletree, among other Rams defenders did an excellent job of filling the gaps, not letting Rainey have any room to run. Rainey didn't do too well in pass protection either. The rush was too much for the entire Tampa team. Rainey, being undersized often allowed pressure to get to Glennon. He did make one catch the passing game. He also lost a fumble. Alex Ogletree delivered a shot and finished with a rip of the ball, popping the ball straight up in the air, allowing for an easy recovery.
2013 Week 17 vs NO (11 / 35 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Rainey didn't have a shot to obtain any production in this game. From the get go the Saints darted out to a lead. It was evident the Bucs were going to abandon the run. Rainey only carried the ball eleven times. The Saints did a good job of filling the gaps and not letting Rainey having any creases to break a big run. The Bucs sprinkled in a few carries here and there for the sake of balance, but they weren't committed at all to getting Rainey going. The offensive line didn't get much of a push on any rushing play, which resulted in an ineffective rushing effort from Rainey.