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Rainey reigns over the Falcons

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It is a game that looked more like a season highlight reel.

A season full of magic moments packed into 60 minutes.

But there's one players performance that stood out among the many, runningback Bobby Rainey.

It was a day for Rainey to reign.

The free agent back picked up on waivers just three weeks ago runs all over and through the Falcons, becoming the first running back in Tampa Bay history to score two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in a game.

"Well, I expect to go out and do my job," said Rainey. "If those stats come with it, I will take it. But all the credit goes to the offensive line. They did a great job of blocking and I did a decent job of finding the hole, finding the lanes and getting it."

"He's a bright guy," said Greg Schiano. "He's a football guy and it's good to see him coming off with that ball when he comes off the field after touchdowns. He's saving every one of those."

Not bad for a guy that the Bucs found on the waiver wire.

Since coming into the league as an un-drafted free agent in 2012, Rainey has been cut 3 times.

Twice by the Ravens, a team he won a Super Bowl ring with, and then by the Browns in October.

"I think when preparation meets opportunity," said Schiano. "Guys say 'Oh he's lucky.' Well he's not lucky, this guy worked his tail off and he trained and did all the right things and here comes his chance and he's ready to do it. Good for us, good for him."

He had just 34 total yards rushing in his NFL career and eclipsed that total twice in the last two games with the Bucs.

He ran for 45 yards against the Dolphins and 163 yards against Atlanta.

Before getting into the game last week, the Bucs had just one rushing touchdown all season as a team.

After just two games Rainey has three.

So does a guy come off the street and produce at this level?

Greg Schiano says it's Rainey college background that made him a perfect fit.

The Bucs power game is the same scheme that Rainey played at Western Kentucky under now-USF Head Coach Willie Taggart.

"When you're in a position like we were," said Schiano. "The thing that Bobby has the benefit of is when he played at Western Kentucky, this is the stuff that he ran. Power, inside zone, those [are] plays that we run. So he was very comfortable seeing them, feeling them."

"But to answer your question, I don't think anybody thinks that a guy's going to come out and rush for, whatever he did, 163 yards. But [we are] very proud of him. The biggest thing is we didn't turn the ball over once. Again we protected the football and we took it away. We took it away two times, plus the onside [kick recovery], plus the blocked punt. So really, we stole four possessions, and if you can do that, you can win games," said Schiano.

Before Sunday's late game between the Chiefs and Broncos Rainey stood as the top fantasy football performer of the day.

So he's now known around the nation, but more importantly he makes a huge impression with his teammates, who admitted they didn't even know his name when he arrived.

"He shook me so bad one time in practice, I was like, 'man if they ever put him in the game, he's going to kill it," said Gerald McCoy.

"It hurt, I tried to keep up with him, I was like man, 'that's not a scout team running back, whatever.' I told those guys if he ever gets in a game I think he's going to play well and he just plays hard. He's shorter than [running back] Doug [Martin], he's just a tiny guy, he's real stout and strong and he just runs hard," said McCoy.

Rainey becomes the third different Bucs runningback to break the 100-yard mark this season, another first in Tampa Bay history.

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