Rainey was terrible early on, fumbling on his fourth touch of the contest. He was benched for two series before returning to the game. On the first drive of the third quarter, Rainey fumbled again. With the team trailing 56-0, Rainey actually managed to pick up some yardage in the final quarter. He was primarily used in the passing game, but also picked up a few rushing yards.
Rainey finished with 41 rushing yards on 11 attempts, and 64 receiving yards on six catches. He actually led all Bucs receivers in yardage and catches.
Rainey will take on the Steelers Week 4.
"We want to play more than one running back, two, maybe three," Smith said, per ESPN. "That’s why we’ve had three (active) every time we could. That’s just making our running back position stronger."
Rainey ripped a 24-yard run on his first touch of the afternoon and was the focal point of the offense throughout the day. He gashed the defense for a 31-yard run late in the fourth quarter for his longest gain of the game. He took 22 handoffs for 144 yards on the ground, averaging 6.5 yards per attempt. He caught all three of his targets for 30 yards in a 19-17 defeat.
It remains to be seen if Martin will regain his status as the starter, or if head coach Lovie Smith rolls with Rainey, who has the hot hand heading into Week 3 Thursday night at Atlanta.
Rainey had four carries for 12 yards in the season opener.
"Doug did go down with a little minor injury there, so we had to make a change, and from there he was able to come back and he was ready to go," Smith said on WDAE-AM 620. "Bobby had come and had given us a little bit of life, and as I've mentioned we want to play more than one running back throughout. So it was just a perfect time to keep both of them involved."
Martin ran nine times for 9 yards in the loss to Carolina. After the injury he did not get a handoff, though he was targeted once. He said after the game that he needs to "wait and see" how severe his injury is.
|4||9/28/14||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|5||10/5/14||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/2/14||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|11||11/16/14||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|12||11/23/14||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||6||137||532||3.9||80||5||3||23|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||1||26||156||6.0||31||0||2||7|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||6||11||27||2.5||11||1||0||0||3|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||1||5||38||7.6||19||1||0||0||2|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||6||1||0||0.0||0||0.00||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||39.6|
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|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||1||15||15.0||15||0||0|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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