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Bobby Rainey | Running Back

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/16/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 212
College: Western Kentucky
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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

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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

Bobby Rainey was held to 27 yards on 11 carries and one three-yard reception in the Bucs' Week 15 loss to San Francisco.

Combine a stout run defense with an early deficit, and few running backs are going to have good games in that kind of scenario. The Bucs remain committed to Rainey as their lead back -- Brian Leonard only got one touch on Sunday -- but he'll be no more than a high-end flex option in Week 16 against the Rams.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 05:23:00 PM

Bobby Rainey rushed 22 times for 127 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for a combined loss of four yards in the Bucs' Week 14 win over the Bills.

Rainey opened the game with an 80-yard touchdown run on his first carry, demonstrating surprising long speed in addition to his solid tackle-breaking ability and improving versatility. Brian Leonard did have seven carries in this game, though they were mostly in garbage time of the 27-6 stomping. A true feature back in Tampa Bay's balanced offense, Rainey will be a RB2/flex play in Week 16 against the Rams, but plays the 49ers next.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 04:41:00 PM

Bobby Rainey rushed 17 times for 63 yards in Tampa's Week 13 loss to the Panthers.

He added two catches for eight yards. Rainey found more holes than he did against the Lions in Week 12, but it was still tough sledding against one of the league's better run defenses. The good news is, Rainey out-touched Brian Leonard 19-2, and gets a slightly more burnable Bills run D in Week 14. Rainey will be a FLEX option for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 05:13:00 PM

Coach Greg Schiano suggested poor run-blocking was the reason for Bobby Rainey's woes in Sunday's win at Detroit.

Rainey rushed 18 times for just 35 yards. "I think Detroit stormed the castle," Schiano said. "They had guys in every gap." The key here is that Schiano was not discouraged at all by Rainey's performance. He's going to play well ahead of Brian Leonard and be a feature back once again when the Bucs face Carolina in Week 13.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 09:57:00 AM

Bobby Rainey was bottled up for 35 yards on 18 carries in the Bucs' Week 12 win over the Lions.

Rainey hasn't gone from stud to dud in a matter of one week; the Lions simply deserve a ton of credit for giving him little to no space to run. He also doesn't play much in the passing game, which is going to make Rainey a boom-or-bust fantasy option moving forward. He still handled the 18 touches compared to Brian Leonard's two against Detroit, and will remain on the low-end RB2/flex radar when the Buccaneers travel to Carolina in Week 13.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 05:20:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Josh McCown
2Mike Glennon
RB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
3Mike James
4Charles Sims
GLB1Doug Martin
2Mike James
3RB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
FB1Jorvorskie Lane
WR11Vincent Jackson
2Chris Owusu
3Solomon Patton
WR21Mike Evans
2Robert Herron
3Russell Shepard
WR31Chris Owusu
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Brandon Myers
3Luke Stocker
K1Patrick Murray