View Full Version : Chris Rainey's current 40 time- 4.23

tony hipchest
06-04-2012, 05:42 PM
:jawdrop: (according to chris rainey's twitter convo w/ fast willie parker)-

Willie Parker‏@3williethadude9

@crainey3 good luck in Pitt lil homie

5h chris jorod rainey‏@crainey3

@3williethadude9 appreciate it Bruh

1h Willie Parker‏@3williethadude9

@crainey3 what u runnin these days? lol

1h chris jorod rainey‏@crainey3

@3williethadude9 4.23

Fire Arians
06-04-2012, 06:15 PM
maybe wallace is holding out right now cause he's afraid of losing to rainey in an after-practice race :chuckle:

06-04-2012, 06:21 PM
Can't wait to see the plays Haley designs to get this kid the ball.

Ricco Suavez
06-04-2012, 06:30 PM
I found where Mike ran a 4.33 and Chris ran a 4.32 but none that verify any faster times. If anyone has any links to confirmed times I would like to read. Either way it will be a close race.

06-04-2012, 06:46 PM
This kid's fast. 4.2 or 4.3 doesn't matter, both are fast as hell.

06-04-2012, 09:02 PM
Wallace/Brown/Rainey. Got some serious speed on this team. Sanders is up there too.

06-04-2012, 11:17 PM

Galax Steeler
06-05-2012, 04:36 AM
I can't wait to see Rainey on the field.

06-05-2012, 05:43 AM
This guy should be a decent part of our offense. Haley is going to use him like he did Dexter McCluster in KC. Check downs to a guy like this could be dangerous.

06-05-2012, 08:35 AM
Well Mccluster isnt all that impressive, on a lousy team to boot. I dont think Talking the Cheifs Offense and Haley in the same sentence is all that good of a conversation.

Lets just hope he uses the speed he has in Wallace, Brown and Rainey, and maybe Sanders can stayhealthy for more than a paractice or 2 to add some value.

GMU Steeler
06-05-2012, 09:13 AM
Wow knew he was fast but wow. Anyhow, I think Rainey can be a useful player for us. Cool to see Willie Parker talking with him too. Always liked Parker even if he was a one dimensional back but he was fun to watch when he was on and you could tell he loved playing for the Steelers.

El-Gonzo Jackson
06-05-2012, 09:20 AM
This kid's fast. 4.2 or 4.3 doesn't matter, both are fast as hell.

Exactly and how reliable are the times reported on Twitter. Are they hand timed or electronic timed, on a fast track, downhill, outside in a tailwind.


06-05-2012, 10:59 AM
Rainey ran a 4.45 at the combine. I'll that that as being more credible than his friends timing him.

El-Gonzo Jackson
06-05-2012, 12:10 PM
Rainey ran a 4.45 at the combine. I'll that that as being more credible than his friends timing him.

This is why bloggers, twitter and facebook have turned professional sports reporting into the National Enquirer. It sucks.

Rainey runs 4.;45 and Isiah Pead runs 4.47 on the same field in the same day ........but he is suddenly thought of as being lightning fast, while Pead is thought of as average.

Rainey is more likely quck than fast. Still not slow, but possibly not any faster than Wallace, Taylor, Polamalu, Brown, Sanders.

Fire Arians
06-05-2012, 12:37 PM
quick is sometimes better than fast. barry sanders made a hall of fame career out of being able to make people miss

Hawaii 5-0
07-17-2012, 01:58 AM
Rainey Could Be Contributing X-Factor For Steelers As Rookie

Jul 14th, 2012 by DomSteelers


While 1st and 2nd Round Picks David DeCastro and Mike Adams have probably garnered the most headlines of the Steelers’ first year players, there is one other Rookie on the roster which might also contribute a fair amount to Pittsburgh’s success in 2012: Running Back/Return Man Chris Rainey. And it is Rainey’s unique skill set combined with Pittsburgh’s needs in specific areas which should lead to some opportunities for the former Florida Gator to make an impact sooner rather than later.

Rainey’s Importance on Offense

Before I discuss Rainey’s likely role within the Offense, let me state that I believe that the bruising Isaac Redman will assume a bulk of the load when it comes to the running game in 2012 and possibly beyond. The only Running Back with any significant experience, Redman will get every chance imaginable to prove himself with Rashard Mendenhall on the shelf for the first half of the season. Redman’s projected starting role aside, I still believe that there will be plenty of chances for Rainey to contribute to the Offensive attack this season.

While Rainey (5’9″ 175 lbs.) might not possess the frame to take a pounding like a Redman or a Jonathan Dwyer over 20 times per game, a weapon such as him can bring some special things to the table for Todd Haley and Co.. Rainey’s shiftiness, agility, decent hands, and 4.3 speed to burn makes Rainey a perfect weapon for Big Ben to have at his disposal on 3rd Downs and between the 40’s. And to me, the Steelers could find some serious use for Chris either lined up next to Ben Roethlisberger in the Shotgun, or used in a slotback role if Pittsburgh spreads the field with four or more Receivers.

Screen and Draw Game

In the event DeCastro is indeed “as good as advertised” and new Left Guard Willie Colon can somehow manage to stay on the field injury-free, Pittsburgh will have two athletic Guards at their disposal and excellent tools to succeed in the screen game. Putting the diminutive, yet cat-quick Rainey in space behind those two and the other Linemen with full heads of steam could really spell trouble for Pittsburgh’s opponents who might be focused more on the Steelers two Pro Bowl Wide Receivers (Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace), their two solid slot guys (Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery), or even their Pro Bowl Tight End (Heath Miller) if he is in the game. Plus, with Nickel or Dime personnel likely being employed by the Defense, Rainey would have space to create and make things happen when he gets to the second level.

The Steelers also might want to use Rainey on some draw plays if the Defense is a tad overaggressive on 3rd and 3-6 situations from their Shotgun formations. If the opposition is getting to quick up the field, a delay, or delay draw with Rainey might be just what the Offense needs to not only convert the 1st Down, but possibly hit a big play as well. Rainey was a solid option on the ground in Shotgun for the Gators over his career and gained 2,464 Yards Rushing, including 861 as a Senior. In the event that Rainey gets past that first wave of Defenders it could be trouble once he makes a cut up the field and hits top speed.

Slot Receiving and Slot Run Game

Rainey in empty 5-Wide sets as a slotback could also wreak some havoc if he is given the ball in space on short and quick hitting routes. There are few Corners and Safeties which can match Rainey speed-wise, and zero Linebackers which can do the same. Slants, hooks, and even a “Bruce Arians Bubble Screen Special” or two would give the Rookie speedster (69 Catches, 795 Yards, and 6 TD’s in college) a chance to use his skill-set in the most effective manner possible.

In addition to his work in the passing game, Rainey also could contribute a small amount to the running game if he finds himself lined up in the slot. It could be beneficial to use Rainey on some end-arounds or jet-sweeps, plays which would be similar to what he ran at Florida when he lined up on the Offensive side of the ball.

Getting the Defense to over-pursue or at least making them aware on some fakes of Rainey’s ability to run these plays could be something the Offense might want to keep in mind. Ultimately, putting Rainey in the game on Offense would always be another thing the Defense has to account for when he is in the game, and matchup issues galore could be had by the skill-position players the Steelers Offense.

Rainey’s Importance in the Return Game

While Antonio Brown might want to continue his punt return duties this season, there is about a “snowball’s chance” in hell of that happening. At this point, Brown is too important to this Offense’s success to be relegated to putting himself in harm’s way.

And in the event that Mike Wallace ends up sitting/underperforming for extended periods, Brown will have to assume the role of Roethlisberger’s #1 pass-catching target. Worrying aside, Brown’s current status should not harm the Steelers, because Rainey should be in line to at least assume the bulk if not all of punt return (and possibly kickoff return) duties this season. Rainey’s quickness and experience at Florida in the return game (689 Career Punt and Kick Return Yards) should come into play in this specific area. Any time a punt return can be set up for Rainey, and space can inevitably be created for him to make guys miss, good things should hopefully happen, and the Steelers will be able to take advantage of some nice field position if everything works out fine.

Final Thoughts

For those of you which did not read it, I actually mocked Rainey to Pittsburgh in the Final Mock Draft I constructed a few months back. I even made a post before the mock on why Rainey might be a candidate the Steelers would consider taking him. In both instances I described Rainey’s unique skill-set and why it would be of such value to a team like Pittsburgh which could use help on 3rd Downs and in the return game.

While Rainey will likely get the first crack at winning the 3rd Down Back and Punt Return jobs, his role is not quite set in stone. Baron Batch will be hungry to earn a roster spot and playing time at Running Back as well, and should push Rainey to get work on 3rd Downs and in Shotgun formations. As for the return duties, Undrafted Rookie Marquis Maze did a fine job at Alabama over the course of his career, and will be competing for reps with Rainey there as well.

My hope though is that Rainey can add his skill-set to this already high-powered and talented Offense, and can do so as early as this season. I personally would like to see Rainey possibly get somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 Offensive touches per game, get some work on 3rd Downs and in Shotgun formations when the field is spread, do a bit of work on the kickoff and punt coverage units, and also get a couple of chances to return kicks. But hey, we will just have to wait and see how the depth chart and the Offense sorts itself out over the next month or so and whether or not the team decides to use Rainey and how.


07-17-2012, 07:30 AM
This guy should be a decent part of our offense. Haley is going to use him like he did Dexter McCluster in KC. Check downs to a guy like this could be dangerous.

Hopefully Ben learns how to use "check down guys" more often.

07-17-2012, 01:49 PM
Pumped for him to make a difference. Also love Baron Batch! Great talent, albeit untested, in our backfield. Here's to hoping...!

07-17-2012, 02:49 PM
I love the idea of a Darren Sproles type player. It sounds like he has the tools. My concern is that there are so many RBs heading into camp, who ends up being the odd man out. Especially if Mendenhall is anywhere near being ready early in the season. I am guessing Clay is out and it is a battle between Rainey and Batch for that last spot. It all kind of depends on what happens with Mendy. Clay is the only one that lasts on the practice squad. Rainey or Batch will be scooped up because you can't teach speed.

Ricco Suavez
07-17-2012, 04:16 PM
Hopefully Ben learns how to use "check down guys" more often.

He had no trouble checking down to Moore, maybe if we have other backs with decent hands he will check down more.

07-17-2012, 04:21 PM
Moore saved us on 3rd down too many times for me to be down on him. David Johnson on the other hand . . .

07-17-2012, 07:12 PM
Can't wait to see the plays Haley designs to get this kid the ball.

Perhaps a bubble screen is in the works. :thumbsup:

07-17-2012, 10:03 PM
Dwyer needs to show his strong side this off-season ... i like his potential a lot but he needs to show consistency. We could end up with one hell of a RB corp this season. It is so funny how only Steeler Nation knows these things. I love listening to all of those analysts that say we have all of these holes!! They are in for a rude awakening. We are probably the most talented team in the league and many people don't know it. Yes there are unknowns but those unknowns may actually turn out to be upgrades. I can't wait for the season to begin!!