Ravens Nation, enough with the wide receiver bubble talk; Tandon Doss is still on the team for now, get over it. Let’s get back on track about another player on the bubble who has worked entirely too hard not to make the team. If the Baltimore Ravens produce a final roster without Bobby Rainey’s name on the list, then John Harbaugh’s “blue-collar” standard will look somewhat tainted.
Rainey has showcased everything any coach in this league, much less the Ravens’ coaching staff, could want to see. He has displayed patience and vision on special teams, busting out two runs for 31 yards each on kickoff returns. Rainey also returned a punt 60 yards. Additionally, Rainey had three rushes for 31 yards against the Carolina Panthers. If you have done the math, over the three games, Rainey averaged 34.4 yards on kick returns, 20.8 yards on punt returns and five yards per carry coming out of the backfield. If this were the regular season, coaches would be completely wowed by that kind of production.
There is no other player on this squad fighting for a job with more heart, drive or determination to will his team to victory. I am in utter disbelief that the Ravens entertained bringing in Delone Carter via trade while already having this luminary in the backfield. Yes, I know they have Bernard Pierce and Ray Rice firmly asserted as the one and two on the depth chart, but Rainey clearly is an athlete who will not be denied a spot.
Harbaugh has a lot of tough decisions coming up on Saturday, but this is not one of them. Look for No. 34 in your programs Thursday against the St. Louis Rams, as well as on the final 53-man roster.