On Monday the New York Giants made official the signing of now-former Buccaneer running back Bobby Rainey.
Rainey was a feel-good story for the Bucs in 2013, stepping in for the injured Doug Martin and performing admirably. Included in that season was a 163-yard, two touchdown performance versus the Falcons, and a 127-yard performance versus the Bills. Rainey was rewarded with a one year deal, and the following season he was once again asked to fill in for an injured Doug Martin.
Running behind a historically bad offensive line, Rainey was unable to repeat the previous years’ success. In 2015 Rainey saw his playing time dwindle as Martin nearly led the league in rushing yardage, and duel-threat backup Charles Sims exploded on to the scene. This made Rainey’s departure a formality.
Rainey found a niche as a serviceable punt and kick returner for the Bucs last season, and his allowed departure is a sign that the team is looking towards the draft to upgrade those positions. The team has reportedly talked with Ohio State wide receiver Braxton Miller and Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones, both tabbed as potential return specialists at the next level. It also seems likely that in-house players like Kenny Bell and Adam Humphries will get opportunities as returners.