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Bobby Rainey | Running Back

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/16/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 212
College: Western Kentucky
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Bobby Rainey rushed for 42 yards on seven carries in the Bucs' Week 6 loss to the Ravens.
Rainey didn't secure any of his three targets in the passing game. He remains behind Doug Martin on the depth chart, and will continue to see his 8-10 touches per week. Rainey is merely Martin's handcuff at this point. Oct 12 - 4:39 PM

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Bobby Rainey rushed for 21 yards and one touchdown on six carries in the Bucs' Week 5 loss to the Saints.

He turned three catches into an additional 21 yards. Doug Martin out-touched Rainey 17-9 in this one, but Rainey was the one to find the end zone from nine yards out in the third quarter. He was untouched. It's going to be a committee for the remainder of the season, with Rainey seeing 8-10 touches per week.
Oct 5 - 5:35 PM

Bobby Rainey rushed four times for two yards in Tampa Bay's Week 4 win over the Steelers, adding a 16-yard reception.

There was no committee with Doug Martin, who out-touched Rainey 16-5. Martin managed just 56 total yards against one of the league's softest defenses, however, and didn't put a whole lot of space between himself and Rainey. Despite highly inconsistent usage, Rainey is still on pace for 1,268 yards from scrimmage. He remains worth a hold in 12-14 team leagues as the Bucs' backfield sorts itself out.
Sep 28 - 5:48 PM

Bobby Rainey rushed 10 times for just 33 yards in Tampa Bay's 56-14, Week 3 loss to the Falcons, catching seven passes for 64 yards while also losing two fumbles.

The 97 yards from scrimmage were actually a best-case scenario for a player who was briefly benched following his first fumble in the first quarter, and could have been sent to the pine for good after coughing it up on the Bucs' opening drive of the second half. Thankfully, coach Lovie Smith showed mercy on a night where his entire team stunk. Rainey's long-term role remains up in the air with Doug Martin (knee) likely back for Week 4, but he's going to keep getting work. Rainey should remain owned in 10-12 team leagues.
Sep 18 - 11:40 PM

Coach Lovie Smith said the Bucs are planning on using a committee at running back for Thursday night's game at Atlanta.

Doug Martin (knee) is expected to suit up, but Smith has declined to name a starter. Bobby Rainey piled up 174 total yards on 25 touches in the Week 2 loss to the Rams. "We want to play more than one running back, two, maybe three," Smith said. ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinkas says that isn't coachspeak, insisting that Smith really is serious about a committee. We'd lean toward starting Martin as he got the first-team reps in practice, but Rainey is going to have a real role as well.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 18 - 8:27 AM

Bobby Rainey rushed for 144 yards on 22 carries in the Bucs' 19-17, Week 2 loss to the Rams, adding three catches for 30 yards.

Starting in place of an injured Doug Martin (knee), Rainey played an every-down role and found consistent running room against a normally-stingy Rams run defense. The Bucs said Martin could have played, but since they're on a short week and playing this upcoming Thursday, they decided to hold him out. Rainey could produce RB1 numbers if Martin doesn't return next week. The Falcons have been shredded on the ground the first two games.
Sep 14 - 8:07 PM

Bobby Rainey is expected to be the Bucs' starting tailback in Sunday's 4:05PM ET game against the Rams.

FOX's Jay Glazer reported Sunday that Doug Martin (ankle) will be inactive versus St. Louis. Rainey is more of a change-of-pace back, but figures to be forced into lead-back work in Week 2, perhaps with Mike James and FB Jorvorskie Lane mixing in. The Rams don't do a lot well as a team, but they do stop the run. They finished 2013 as a top-nine run defense and held Adrian Peterson to 75 yards on 21 carries last week. Start Rainey at your own risk.
Sep 14 - 12:48 PM

Bucs RB Bobby Rainey rushed four times for 12 yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for eight yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Panthers.

Clearly the Bucs' No. 2 tailback, ahead of Mike James, Rainey handled every-down duties when Doug Martin exited with a left knee injury. Rainey was the Bucs' primary back in hurry-up mode, adding a spark to Tampa Bay's offense. (Martin managed nine yards on nine carries.) Rainey is suddenly in the RB4 hunt with Martin hobbled. The Bucs play the Rams next week.
Sep 7 - 7:43 PM

Bobby Rainey had 13 carries for 14 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.

Rainey saw time with the first team and got a few series to himself in the second quarter. He isn't a threat to Doug Martin's workload, but is his preferred fantasy handcuff. Rainey has 28 carries for 54 yards through three preseason games.
Aug 23 - 7:33 PM

Bobby Rainey rushed for 25 yards on six carries in Friday night's preseason opener against the Jaguars.

Rainey was the second back through the Bucs' backfield rotation, running behind Doug Martin and ahead of third-round rookie Charles Sims. Rainey doesn't do anything great, but can get what's blocked and catch the ball a little bit out of the backfield. We still like Sims' chances of overtaking Rainey before Week 1.
Aug 8 - 10:53 PM

Bobby Rainey is listed as the No. 2 running back on the Bucs' initial training camp depth chart.

Doug Martin is the starter. Rookie Charles Sims is No. 3. Sophomore Mike James and Jeff Demps are on the fourth team. These depth charts don't mean a whole lot before the players have even taken a preseason snap, but they give us some insight. Rainey and James may be competing for one roster spot. If we were to draft a Martin handcuff, our early money is on third-rounder Sims.
Aug 5 - 12:27 PM

The Tampa Bay Times mentions Bucs RB Bobby Rainey as a player entering camp on the roster bubble.

Rainey rushed for 566 yards and five touchdowns after Doug Martin and Mike James went down with season-ending injuries last season. Both Martin and James are back in the fold, and the Bucs also used a top-70 pick on Charles Sims. Rainey and James are potentially competing for one spot, though Tampa is open to keeping all four tailbacks on the 53-man roster.
Jul 23 - 1:42 PM

Bucs re-signed exclusive rights free agent RB Bobby Rainey to a one-year, $570,000 contract.

The deal was originally reported to be a two-year agreement but has since been corrected. After he was claimed off waivers from the Browns, Rainey gave the Bucs' backfield a jolt. He rushed for 566 yards and five touchdowns and will return to compete for No. 2 duties with Mike James behind starter Doug Martin.
Mar 5 - 4:56 PM

Bobby Rainey rushed for 35 yards on 11 carries in Week 17 against the Saints.

The Saints went up big on the Bucs early, forcing Tampa Bay to abandon the run. After Doug Martin (shoulder) and Mike James (ankle) went down, Rainey was a nice surprise for the Bucs. In nine games -- six starts -- with Tampa Bay, Rainey rushed for 532 yards and five touchdowns on 137 carries. He added 11 catches for 27 yards and another score. Martin and James will be healthy for the offseason. Rainey is under team control as an exclusive rights free agent in March and should be back as quality depth.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 09:17:00 PM

Bobby Rainey rushed 20 times for 37 yards and a touchdown in Tampa Bay's Week 16 loss to the Rams, adding one catch for four yards.

Rainey also lost a fumble, letting the ball get knocked out as he tried in vain to gain extra yardage in the middle of a massive pile. If not for the touchdown, it would have been a clunker of the highest order for a player who's been reliant on big plays to goose his fantasy value. There weren't any big plays to be had against St. Louis' feisty front seven. Rainey will be an interesting Week 17 option in daily leagues against a Saints defense that allows rushing yards in bunches.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 05:20:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Mike Glennon
2Josh McCown
3Mike Kafka
RB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
3Mike James
4Charles Sims
GLB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
3RB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
FB1Jorvorskie Lane
WR11Vincent Jackson
2Louis Murphy
3Trindon Holliday
WR21Mike Evans
2Russell Shepard
3Robert Herron
WR31Louis Murphy
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Brandon Myers
3Luke Stocker
K1Patrick Murray