Tomlin apparently has plans for Rainey and that does NOT include him being on blitz pickup duties as a 3rd down back. When he was asked yesterday why Rainey didn't participate in backs on backers, he said “I’m not going to pull my boat with a Ferrari,”
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Could Pittsburgh Steelers RB Chris Rainey help boost passing game without WR Mike Wallace
Submitted by Syndicated sources on July 29, 2012
Yesterday, we talked about how rookie running back Chris Rainey is turning heads during the opening days of Pittsburgh Steelers training camp. For some, this is understandable, due to his shiftiness and speed.After some thought and a long discussion with some fans, one has to wonder it his potential vertical speed actually assisted the decision to extend wide receiver Antonio Brown. While this is no slap at Mike Wallace, but the reality is that, he is an unpolished route runner with excellent speed on the football field.
In fact, he even stated something to that extent earlier in the offseason where he discussed his game being totally predicated on speed. With that in mind, is it far off to think that the diminutive, 5-8, 180 pound, Rainey could not be successful taking the top off the defense with his explosive skill set? During his career at Florida, he did split time between multiple positions and looks the part of a natural receiver with the ability to stretch the field. More importantly, he, like Brown (and unlike Wallace), is under contract.
Now, we at Steelers101 can only speculate that this is a potential reality for the offense. With Brown now under contract for the long haul, the Steelers appear to be prepared for the eventual loss of Wallace, and it is not a stretch to see how Rainey could help lessen the blow of his loss.
I was trying to determine whether the FB will count towards the RB total or since he is converted TE and can supposedly play both positions, that he would count against the TEs...
With Mendenhall, Redman and Rainey as locks and DJ counting as a RB, how many other RBs will we keep???