Rainey netted seven yards on one punt return and generated no other statistics in Sunday's 25-12 loss to the Colts. The Tampa special teams ace barely touched the ball Sunday, getting only one opportunity to post a return and not receiving any carries from scrimmage. The one positive was that he did not fumble, after having coughed up the football in each of the prior three games. Rainey will look to resume a more active role in the Bucs' Week 13 showdown versus the Falcons.
Rainey gained five yards on his sole carry, netted 20 yards on his sole kickoff return, and amassed 19 yards on three punt returns in Sunday's 45-17 victory over the Eagles. Rainey received only his third carry of the season in the blowout, a game in which Tampa set a team record for most rushing yards in a game. He also had another productive day on returns, notching a 10-yard punt runback and also having a 23-yard return called back due to a penalty on Major Wright. Notably, the fourth-year pro also fumbled for the third consecutive week, although as has been the case the previous two games, he was able to recover. Rainey's value continues to be exclusively based on his special teams role.
Rainey did not post any kickoff return yardage in Sunday's 10-6 victory over the Cowboys, but did net three yards on one punt return. He also fumbled once but recovered. The fifth-year pro had one of his quietest days overall on the season to date, with Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey posting touchbacks on all three of his kickoffs during the game. He did manage to create some excitement and net three yards on his one punt return, which came after he muffed the ball initially on the Bucs eight-yard line. Rainey figures to continue in his role as Tampa's all-purpose return man for the balance of the season, a job that he has generally thrived in throughout the year.
Rainey gained three yards on his sole carry, garnered 87 yards on four kickoff returns, and gained one yard on his sole punt return in Sunday's 32-18 loss to the Giants. He also fumbled once but recovered. Rainey continues to put together solid performances in the return game for the Bucs, and he posted a nice 26-yard runback on a kickoff as part of his 88 total return yards Sunday. The third-string tailback also logged his first carry from scrimmage since the opener, but was only able to gain three yards. Rainey does not figure to see any appreciable playing time outside of special teams unless top running backs Doug Martin and Charles Sims succumb to injury.
Rainey secured his sole target for four yards, gained 15 yards on one kickoff return, and amassed 18 yards on three punt returns in Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Redskins. Rainey had impressive runs of 12 and nine yards on two of his returns, and continues to average over 12 yards per runback as one of the league leaders in the category. The Bucs' third tailback continues to receive minimal playing time from scrimmage as both Doug Martin and Charles Sims have been particularly proficient over the last three games, but has emerged as a valuable special teams weapon.
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