Over the past year and a half, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have seen Doug Martin, Mike James, and now Bobby Rainey emerge as potential stars at running back. And considering that Martin and James are both signed for the long-term, where does that leave Rainey and his impressive two-game debut with the Bucs?
Rainey showed more than just the ability to run through easy running lanes, as he broke tackles and made moves in the open field en route to a 163 yard rushing performance. He also chipped in as a pass blocker and in the receiving game for a well-rounded effort.
So does Rainey have a future with the Buccaneers? Michael Smith and Jeff Demps are also scheduled to be on the roster in 2014, and there is no need for five running backs in Tampa Bay, considering that Erik Lorig and possibly Spencer Larsen command roster spots at fullback.
The Western Kentucky product is only signed through the end of the season, but is an “exclusive rights free agent” at the end of the year. That means it will be incredibly easy for the Buccaneers to bring him back, if they so choose.
So what does the future hold at running back for the Buccaneers? Should the bring back Martin, James, and Rainey to go along with their fullbacks and a returner like Demps or Smith? Or do they need to make a move to keep a player like Brian Leonard around for a veteran presence and experience at the position?
Or do you think Rainey is just a flash in the pan, and he’s not the same kind of player as Martin or even James?
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