RB Bobby Rainey, Free agent
HT: 5-7, WT: 208, Born: 10-16-1987, College: Western Kentucky, Drafted: ---
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Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]Overall: B Brown (247), K Carey (248), Bobby Rainey (249), J Brown (250),
Position: B Brown (247-RB72), K Carey (248-RB73), Bobby Rainey (249 - RB74), M James (252-RB75), M Reece (253-RB76)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: K Carey (241), Bobby Rainey (243), J Brown (244), A Holmes (245)
Position: B Brown (237-RB70), K Carey (241-RB71), Bobby Rainey (243 - RB72), M James (246-RB73), M Reece (249-RB74)
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Bobby Rainey was the last man standing on Tampa Bay's running back depth chart in 2013. After injuries to Doug Martin and Mike James by midseason, Rainey had 12 or more touches in each of the team's final seven games. Rainey was not all that impressive outside of a rogue long run or two along the way. Doug Martin and Mike James are returning from injury and the team drafted Charles Sims in the third round. Rainey is stuck in a crowded backfield as the third or fourth most-talented back on the roster. Touches and Rainey's chances for impact, outside of multiple injuries in front of him, will be limited.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 3 - 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.
Week 4 - 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.
Week 5 - 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.
Week 10 - 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.
Week 11 - 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.
Week 12 - 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.
Week 13 - 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.
Week 14 - 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.
Week 15 - 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.
Week 16 - 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.
Week 17 - 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.