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October 21, 2013 @ 4:42 pm
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Bucs Bolster Running Back Depth, Claim Rainey Off Waivers

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The Bucs have lost running back Doug Martin for an unknown amount of time but moved quickly to add some depth claiming Bobby Rainey off waivers from the Cleveland Brown.
With running back Doug Martin out for an unknown time due to a shoulder injury (reported as a torn labrum) the Buccaneers wasted no time in looking for running back depth and signed former Western Kentucky star Bobby Rainey off waivers from the Cleveland Browns.

Rainey (5-8, 212), entered the league as a college free agent with Baltimore in 2012, spending the first six weeks of the season on its practice squad. He was then promoted to their active roster. Rainey spent the 2013 preseason with Baltimore before being released and claimed by Cleveland. While with the Browns, Rainey played in all six games, totaling 13 carries for 34 yards and four catches for 19 yards. He also returned six kicks for 147 yards.

A native of Griffin, Ga., Rainey played collegiately at Western Kentucky, where he played in 44 career games, recording 895 carries for 4,542 yards (4.6 avg.) and 35 touchdowns. Additionally, he caught 80 passes for 682 yards and five touchdowns and returned 63 kickoffs for 1,631 yards. Rainey’s 6,906 career all-purpose yards ranks 11th in NCAA history. He earned back-to-back Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year awards in his final two seasons, while also being named to five different All-American teams.

To make room for Rainey Tampa Bay waived wide receiver Skye Dawson.

Head coach Greg Schiano told the media on Monday that despite some reports, Martin's injury may be not be season ending.

“Doug has his shoulder,” Schiano said. “He had some tests on it, and it will probably be a stretch Thursday, although we will have to see. I wouldn’t go any further than that right now. Goldston is day to day.”

For now the Bucs will turn to rookie Mike James a sixth-round selection out of Miami.

“I’ve liked what I’ve seen from Mike in the last few weeks,” Schiano said. “Both in practice and then game, He's gotten a few more touches each game, and obviously this one by necessity. I think Mike has really improved as a running back from the beginning stages of training camp, and made some improvements steadily, and when he’s had his opportunities, he’s done good things. On of the last three games he had a nice run that was called back by a penalty. He’s done some good things, and I think he understand our running game. He sees what the vision is, and he tries to execute the play, I think his natural abilities take over. He’s got really good one cut ability as far as when things flash in front of his face in the backfield or at the line of scrimmage. He’s got some quick feet, and can make that first guy miss. He keeps you out of negative plays, and he seems to fall forward which is an important thing.”

Tampa Bay will host the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night in a nationally-televised contest on the NFL Network.

Last modified on Monday, 21 October 2013 17:46

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    I would like to know why in the world don't Tampa have at least 6 wr active for Tonight contest! Get this young QB people to throw too!I also believe its time to the higher authority start deciding on who will lead this team after TONIGHT and the REST of the SEASON. HOW ABOUT BILL COWART GIVE HIME THE HEAD COACH AND GM FULL DUTIES WITH NO STRINGS ATTACH, I BEKIEVE HE IS READY TO COME BACK. GO BUCS
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    what? we got 7 WR on roster, yet i havent seen (at least not often enough) this team going to 4-5 WR sets?! What the hell are we paying them for? 3rd and long screams for WR´s on field, but the bucs (shiano) says - the whole league is putting WR on the field, spreading the field?! i am doing it my way - what are we using them for?! heck even harry douglas can put up so many yards. Just put these players in position to win.. Shino is soooo damn bad at coaching, it cannot be real.. It´s like he is acting or sth. I start to think, he doesn´t even want to win. He wants that high pick too. But he won´t be here anymore (i hope). Is it realy true, that he is/was taping players (fooling around on sideline)? that would be like the craziest thing i have ever heard about a Bucs-coach
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    You have to wonder how the players feel that get picked up by the Bucs, knowing the mess that is the Bucs today under Schian Ofer6. I would imagine they are happy to have a job and will grin and bear the rest, just for an opportunity.
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    Oh wait...this guy came from the BROWNS????? Who just traded Richardson with the Colts......and he got cut???? Must be awesome!!! I hope he works out...maybe he can pass block????
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    WE only need two receivers anyway. No use carrying dead weight....oh, except Coaches!!! Dang I'm really upset.....hanging on by my fingernails. GO BUCS Players!!!!!!
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    Wasn't sure why we were carrying seven wideouts anyway.
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    fire schiano yesterday.
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