Bucs Bobby Rainey proving himself to be a fit for the team
It has only been two seasons for the rookie and had already changed teams twice before landing with the Bucs. None gave him much time and opportunity to prove himself but that hasn’t been the case with the Bucs who already owe him much credit.
After all, he is the prime reason the former 0-8 Bucs have managed to win two back to back games to make it 2-8. And he has also give their coach Greg Schiano something to hold onto and show off in his tumultuous coaching term.
After clearing waivers he had on average been getting 5 yards on a carry. His chance to shine at the starting position came after both Mike James and Doug Martin were injured.
Out of Western Kentucky, Rainey came to the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of college and had already scored a Super Bowl ring before his a regular season game to start his career. He scored the winning touchdown for the Bucs in a win that shattered their 8 game losing streak.
Rainey is often underestimated on the NFL field, a place where size and strength mostly dominate. At 5 and 8 and weighing 212 pounds, he has always been told that NFL is a big man’s game and he didn’t fit in. he proved it all wrong in the field against the Atlanta Falcons against whom he rushed for a total of 163 yards and made the 3 touchdowns.
Rainey wasn’t one to be discouraged after being rejected so many times and not getting a good chance to show his talent. He said he always believed he could play the game at a professional competitive level.
"My idol is Barry Sanders. I like all the small running backs — Warrick Dunn, all those type of guys. And the one we just played (Atlanta's Jacquizz Rodgers), he's small, too," Rainey said. "He told me: 'We've got to represent for the short guys.' And I told him, 'Most definitely. We've got to stick together.'"
Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be up against the Detroit Lions on Sunday and Rainey will definitely be starting. A star on the rise, much is expected of him.