Who is Bobby Rainey? This is a good question because I’m not so sure myself.
From what I know, Rainey was a rookie free agent running back signed by the Baltimore Ravens in 2012. From what I saw of Rainey in the preseason last year, he looked really impressive. He leaped off of my TV screen with impressive run after impressive run, including a 48-yard touchdown run against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Rainey went to the University of Western Kentucky. He was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 and rushed for over 1600 yards in his Junior and Senior seasons, not to mention 39 rushing touchdowns. There are a few more accolades I didn’t mention, but I think we got the point, right? Dude was a beast in college.
Going back to the 2012 preseason, Rainey actually made the team over incumbent back up Anthony Allen. The Ravens brought back Allen though for his special teams skills and then released Rainey, only to re-sign him to the practice squad two days later. He was brought up to the active roster after Ladarius Webb was placed on IR. One month later, Rainey was placed on IR due to an injury and was never on the active game day roster.
Things didn’t exactly work out for Rainey last year, but 2013 is a new year.
Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce are locks for the top two running back spots. Rainey will once again compete with Allen and Damien Berry for the no. 3 spot. For all the people who only watch preseason games to watch the starters, you should keep watching after they go out, because Rainey is fun to watch.
It will be hard for him to make the team, but I’ll be pulling for him.