Uncertainty On Rainey

September 30th, 2015

Houston Texans vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Will Bobby Rainey continue to be the go-to guy returning kicks and punts?

The answer will come Sunday, but Joe wouldn’t be surprised is Rainey is ousted after two fumbles in Houston.

First, Rainey appeared to land in Lovie Smith’s doghouse after fumbles last season. Second, rookie receiver Adam Humphries was sure handed in those roles in preseason.

Third, Mike James was just cut, giving the Bucs extra incentive not to get their No. 3 running back injured as a returner. Doug Martin and Charles Sims haven’t exactly been ironmen during their careers.

Lovie said kicker Kyle Brindza won’t be judged by one off day and will return. But Joe’s unsure of Rainey. Lovie has seen plenty of Rainey, and did his very best to not have Rainey return kicks last year and this offseason and preseason.

Joe would have no problem giving undrafted Humphries a shot. Rainey might have some mental issues going on when it comes to returns.

16 Responses to “Uncertainty On Rainey”

  1. Soggy Says:

    To borrow a saying from Dallasbuc.. “Mr Potato head” should of brought hester with him last year..

  2. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    For some reason, the fumbles didn’t really bother me. Maybe because he got them back. Rainey has consistently having good returns on both kickoffs and punts. I’d let him keep doing it.

  3. theodore Says:

    Knowing the Bucs, no matter the OC, we would sign Hester and then only have him in on offense to run up the middle.

  4. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    And of course he’s going to replace Rainey. He didn’t draft him, he’s not making much money, and most importantly, he never played for him in Chicago.

  5. 813bucboi Says:

    bucs offered hester and he took more $$$ with atl…GO BUCS!!!

  6. Soggy Says:

    I think hester singed with falcons for 2 mil = peanuts..

  7. Nuc if u Buc Says:

    Would be nice if we still had Hall if even just to return…

  8. The Dom Must Go Says:

    Thought we drafted a return guy??????

  9. Seminole Bill Says:

    Let’s see what Adam Humphries can do.

  10. Buccfan37 Says:

    I think Rainey should keep his return job, it’s not like he cost the team points. He can scamper for some yards.

  11. Addison Says:

    Rainey is not a returner

  12. Buc1987 Says:

    Brindza? Sigh!!!!

  13. Jason McLaurin Says:

    I think Russell Shepherd should get another shot along with Humphries as the returner on kickoffs and use them both more in the passing game in 5 wide spread shotgun formations too seeing as Winston was really digging those two guys in camp and even worked ot with Shepherd privately.Rainey should only be a backup running back at this point on this team. Lovie is searching for a more power runner than Martin to complement him in the backfield to balance the offense to his liking and I think hes dead on to search for a power runner anyway possible too. Rainey is only a third down runner and Sims is an exclusive at receiver as well in a speed 5 wide formation with Humphries and Shepherd and ASJ whenever he returns.

  14. David Says:

    I don’t get it…Mike James will catch on somewhere and do well..he runs hard and has ok speed. Why do we give away young players who can be productive given a chance?

  15. Tomcin Says:

    Still say the Bucs should go after J. Wilder Jr.

  16. bucsbedabest Says:

    Bobby Rainey is averaging 29.4 yards per kickoff return (9th overall) and 9.9 yards per punt return (20th overall) with no TD. Not bad numbers, until he fumbles..