All Sunshine For “Rainy”

November 12th, 2013

Michael Smith? Injured reserve.

Peyton Hillis? Cut and thriving with the Giants.

Jeff Demps? Blown groin.

Doug Martin? Blown shoulder.

Mike James? Broken ankle.

The Bucs have burned through running backs this season, so much so that their star back from last night, Bobby Rainey, was a massive unknown who walked the streets a few weeks ago. Above his locker, his customized Bucs placard read, “Rainy.” That’s no nickname; it was mis-spelled.

“He played well. He had a couple of carries. He had a couple of great carries,” backfield mate Brian Leonard said of Rainey. “I mean, that last run he had basically sealed the win for us. That was a huge run, a huge play, and the next play he scored a touchdown. You can’t ask for more than that from a guy that’s only been here a couple of weeks.

“Hard worker. You know he’s been working with the scout team most of the time, and he’s been giving great looks and doing a great job with that. And when he got his opportunity, he made the best of it. That’s all you can ask for.”

Joe suspects Rainey’s name will no longer be botched around One Buc Palace.

It’s a pretty cool time for Rainey, 26, the pride of Western Kentucky University, to finally get his big shot on Monday Night Football. Enjoy Rainey on the Buccaneers Radio Newtork below, via

9 Responses to “All Sunshine For “Rainy””

  1. Andrew 1 Says:

    Rainey did a good job, but it was mostly because of our O line. the O line was absolutely killing them on those power running plays where we pull the guard. they need to keep blocking like that.

  2. Mike Says:

    Joe, in your opinion, is the offensive line playing much better the last 2 games or was Martin not finding the holes?

  3. Justin Says:

    Hillis is not thriving with the NYG. Not at all.

  4. blackmagic00 Says:

    Our o line and running backs have been beast lately.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I agree…Hillis isn’t thriving with NY….

    I think the O-line has been much better the last two games….all of our RBs have run well….they need to keep it up.
    Imagine if they played like that early in the season….Martin was stopped constantly & It wasn’t Martin’s fault.
    We would have many more wins.

  6. Harry Says:

    You know something that is weird. Last night, when Leonard was not running all that well, the coaches tried someone else. That is good coaching. However, when Martin has been healthy, he doesn’t even get a break, that is bad coaching.

  7. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Remember when the Broncos oline was so good ANY RB could succeed?

    That’s the feel I got last night…for the first time all season.

  8. KD Says:

    Peyton Hillis is averaging 3.0 YPC with the Giants on 43 carries with one touchdown and one fumble lost. In what world is that considered “thriving”?

  9. AmbusBuc Says:

    Minor quibble, but in what universe is Peyton Hillis “thriving” in New York?

    They’ve been winning while he’s been playing a lot. That’s called thriving in a team sports. Plus, he’s picked up some tough yardage. Joe’s watched the games. –Joe