Rainey a finalist for Fed Ex Ground Player of the Week
Just a month ago, not many of his teammates knew who Bucs running back Bobby Rainey was.
Now, Rainey is a finalist for the NFL's FedEx Ground Player of the Week following his 163-yard performance against the Falcons Sunday. The Colts' Donald Brown and the Raiders' Rashad Jennings are the other candidates.
Rainey, 26, has gone from the fourth string to the forefront, getting his opportunity due to season-ending injuries to Doug Martin and Mike James. He became the third Buc to rush for 140 yards in a game this season.
Pro Football Focus, which grades every player in every game, gave Rainey a mark of +6.9, the highest grade they've ever given to a running back.
Here's PFF explanation:
"Evidently there is a tree somewhere in Tampa Bay where the Buccaneers grow running backs, with Bobby Rainey (+6.9) following in the footsteps of Doug Martin and Mike James to dazzle at the position. That’s doing a disservice to Rainey however as, to put it simply, he played so well that it’s the highest grade we’ve ever given to a running back.
In just his second game in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers handed the ball off to Rainey 30 times, and he didn’t disappoint, forcing six missed tackles and racking up 118 yards after contact. He beat defenders in every way imaginable, using his speed to blow by them, quick cuts to get himself out of trouble and stiff arms to keep them at bay. His Elusive Rating of 86.0 highlights how well he played but it was a performance for the ages, not bad for a player playing for his third team this year."