The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have yet to place Doug Martin on injured reserve, but they aren’t going to wait around to see if he’s ready to play soon. Instead, they have opted to sign Bobby Rainey, who was recently waived by the Cleveland Browns. Rick Stroud was the first to report the deal.
REPEATING: Bucs claimed RB Bobby Rainey off waivers from the Cleveland Browns and released WR Skye Dawson.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) October 21, 2013
There was some initial confusion as to which Rainey the Buccaneers had signed. Rather than signing Chris Rainey, who was released by the Steelers in January after an arrest for a dispute with his girlfriend, the Bucs added Bobby Rainey who faced Tampa Bay as a member of the Baltimore Ravens in the preseason.
Rainey was an undrafted free agent out of Western Kentucky who failed to stick with the Ravens and Browns, but had an extremely productive college career as a member of the Hilltoppers.
At only 5 feet, 8 inches tall yet weighing 212 pounds, Rainey is of a similar build to Doug Martin and Mike James. This signing shows an obvious preference for short, strong runners in Mike Sullivan’s offense.
Rainey has very little professional experience, having been inactive for most games of his NFL career. But he’ll get a chance to earn some playing time with Doug Martin likely out for the remainder of the season, according to reports.
It should be noted that Rainey played for current USF head coach Willie Taggart at Western Kentucky, meaning the two will reunite in the same town after previously working together in Bowling Green.