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Bobby Rainey is a short, powerful package of a running back. The problem for him, however, is the Ravens already have one of those in Ray Rice.
So his strong performance in the Ravens’ final preseason game on Thursday may have been more to show other teams what he can do.
“I have no regrets,” Rainey said, as reported by BaltimoreRavens.com. “I feel like I left everything out on the field and did what I was supposed to do. I control what I can control, and wait and see what happens.”
His two touchdown runs should catch someone’s attention if the Ravens decide not to keep him. Each one was a testament to his extra effort, as he refused to be stopped by initial contact. That was particularly true on the first score, when he kept on pushing against a wall after being stopped twice before nudging his way over the goal line.
It may well come down to whether the Ravens prefer him or fellow running back Anthony Allen on special teams. As a runner, Rainey has looked better, but Allen has proven himself to be an effective blocker in the return game. Rainey finished up with adequate but not outstanding kick returns on Thursday.
“That was my mindset going into the game: special teams,” Rainey said. “Offensively, everything will take care of itself. I think I did pretty good on special teams.”
Rainey was off and on the roster a couple of times last year in his rookie season, spending part of it on the practice squad and on injured reserve.