The Indianapolis Colts are trying desperately to get the offense and run game going heading into this Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Running back Trent Richardson has struggled to get going since his trade to Indianapolis, while backup Donald Brown has been pretty efficient. The Colts aren’t wanting to take any chances as they signed Chris Rainey to come in and give this offense more explosiveness.
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound running back was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of the University of Florida. Rainey appeared in all 16 games last season totaling 102 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. He also had 60 yards and 14 receptions.
The speedy back will give the Colts some speed out of the backfield and could be used in key screen pass situations. He will also likely be used in the return game as normal kick returner David Reed has been horrendous at best. Rainey returned 39 kickoffs for 1,035 yards (26.5 avg) and three punts for 16 yards last season with Pittsburgh. His kickoff return average ranked fifth in the AFC and tied for seventh in the NFL.
Rainey started 19-of-52 games at Florida and finished his career ranking ninth in school history with 2,464 rushing yards to go along with 13 touchdowns. He also caught 69 passes for 795 yards and six touchdowns. Rainey returned 26 punts for 235 yards (9.0 avg) and two touchdowns, as well as 18 kickoffs for 454 yards.
He also set a school and Southeastern Conference record with six career blocked punts. Rainey ran track and was an All-America selection on the Gators’ 4×100 relay team in 2008 in 2010, winning the NCAA championship in the latter year.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four years and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru