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3 Possible Roles for Bobby Rainey in 2015

How can the Buccaneers use Bobby Rainey next season?

Photos from Bobby Rainey's 2014 season with the Buccaneers.

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READ:RAINEY SIGNS RFA TENDER1. Returning kicks.
For the last four games of the 2014 season, Rainey was the Buccaneers' primary kick returner. He brought back six kicks for 320 yards with a long of 33 yards and was No. 25 in the league in yards per return with 26.3. He returned six kicks for 162 yards in 2013 and was considered one of college football's best return specialists while in college.

2. Catching passes out of the backfield.
Rainey was one of the Buccaneers' leading receivers in 2014. His 33 catches were the most among the team's running backs and third-most among all players, trailing wide receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. On 33 receptions, Rainey earned 315 yards and found the end zone once. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield makes him dangerous on third down and in obvious passing situations.

3. Splitting carries in the backfield.
Rainey has rushed for 100 yards on three different occasion during his two seasons with the Buccaneers. In Week 2 against the Rams, he carried the ball 22 times for 144 yards. The pervious season, he ran for 163 yards and 127 yards in Weeks 9 and 12, respectively. Rainey is expected to compete for carries in the Bucs' backfield in 2015.

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