Ravens running back Bobby Rainey still competing for spot

Rookie not content with making active roster, knows he must contribute on special teams to play in games

September 10, 2012|By Jeff Zrebiec | The Baltimore Sun

Running back Bobby Rainey defied the odds by making it on the Ravens’ 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent. But while the former Western Kentucky standout won the No. 3 running back job, he feels like he remains in a daily competition for a roster spot.

“There’s no time to be relaxed at all, not once,” Rainey said. “That’s the way I approach every day, basically like it’s a competition with myself. I don’t want to lose my job. I want to help the team and be productive for the team.”

Rainey was one of the Ravens’ most productive offensive players in the preseason. In four games, he rushed 23 times for 55 yards and he caught a team-leading 14 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. However, Rainey, who is behind Ray Rice and rookie Bernard Pierce, knows that if he’s going to be active on game days, he’s going to have to prove that he can contribute on special teams.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh indicated as much when he said that Rainey and fellow undrafted rookie free agent Deonte Thompson will be game-time decisions as far as whether they’ll be active Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals, and special teams will be a primary consideration.

“I need to get a spot on the special teams to be able to play on Monday,” Rainey said.

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