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Old 06-13-2012, 06:23 PM   #41
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We are going to run the 5 RBs in the backfield at once ploy. Two go out wide, one plays the TE position and the other two do the pony backfield we never saw with Airhead that I kept lobbying for. Yeah, that's the ticket I tell ya. Who needs WRs when you have all that talent in the RB stable?
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Old 06-15-2012, 03:47 AM   #42
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Chris Rainey Considered A ‘Special’ Player By Special Teams Coach Al Everest

Thursday, June 14th, 2012 by Dave Bryan

So much has been made about what Chris Rainey, the Pittsburgh Steelers fifth round draft pick, can add on offense in his rookie season. It is not hard to see new offensive coordinator Todd Haley using him much like he used Dexter McCluster in Kansas City.

Rainey can be used as a pass catching running back out of the backfield and split out as wide receiver should the need arise. His name has been mentioned several times over the last four weeks as a player that has stood out in practices, mostly because of his speed.

One thing that has not been given a lot of attention since the Florida product was drafted back in April, is what Rainey brings to the table on special teams. During his career at Florida Rainey blocked six punts, a school and conference record. He also amassed 235 yards on 26 punt returns, two of which went for touchdowns, and another 454 yards on 18 kickoff returns.

On the Thursday edition of Steelers Live at 4, Bob Labriola talked to special teams coach Al Everest and asked him about the six punt blocks by Rainey, and how he managed to pull them off. "First of all he is extremely quick. I mean he is a very competitive kid," said Everest. "He's got great acceleration. Its important to him. He's already excited about it." Without being asked, Everest continued on with his plans for Rainey. "We're talking about it and we're going to look at him on defensive field goal. We're going to look at him in punt situations as a returner and some block situations as well to try to utilize what he does best, and he is good at it."

Everest went on to say that it will be even tougher for teams to scheme against Rainey on punt blocks if he has another player like Rainey also excel in that area. "If you got two of them, and I think we do if Curtis Brown comes along or Marquis Maze," said Everest. Some of these guys that give us a couple, its hard for them to figure out what your trying to do with two guys, but we'll scheme with one." Everest meant in his remarks that he has no hesitations in just scheming with Rainey alone should another player not surface with the same capabilities.

While Emmanuel Sanders looks likely to open up as the Steelers kick and punt returner when the team reports for training camp in Latrobe, his spot is not written in stone. Sanders admitted as much in a recent interview on 93.7 The Fan. It is unknown right now where Rainey ranks in the pecking order as far as return duties go, but it certainly sounds like he will be on the punt return team regardless.

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Old 06-15-2012, 05:51 AM   #43
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If Batch is healthy, look for him to get the most action on offense in the first half of the season. Once the new offense really starts clicking and everyone knows the positions and blocking schemes, look for Rainey to get more action. I just can't see Tomlin and Haley letting Rainey get hit by a 250lb linebacker because the blockers don't yet know where to be. I also think they will want to hold out on this weapon until later in the season when the games become more important (possibly the playoffs). Rainey will get plenty of chances on special teams.
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Hopefully we will see Batch in the RB rotation with Redman, assuming he's healthy, and Rainey on special teams. Interesting article today on Rainey where he says he will do whatever he needs to on special teams to "deserve" to play on the O. With that type of attitude I would expect good things from Rainey
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Rainey, Spence: Steelers Wildcards?

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The Steelers drafted Chris Rainey and Sean Spence in the 2012 NFL Draft. Rainey, an explosive offensive threat, and Spence, an instinctual inside linebacker, both are poised to help the team as rookies.

Spence will likely be used on special teams and in coverage packages on defense. The Steelers inside linebackers struggled to cover quick backs and tight ends in 2011. This is likely one of the reasons James Farrior was cut this offseason.

Spence was a standout at Miami and is known for his coverage ability and instincts. His speed and coverage skills will make him a secret-weapon of types for the defense. He can be used to cover backs and tight ends. Spence won’t be a full time player in 2012, but he will play an important role.

Rainey, on the other hand, was a returner, receiver and running back at Florida. Rumors have been circulating since he was drafted that he could be the Steelers version of Dexter McCluster. Todd Haley coached McCluster while with the Kansas City Chiefs. He used McCluster as a receiver, scat back, and he was also a returner for the team.

Rainey has his eyes set on the returner job labeling special teams as his number one priority. He will also have a shot at helping on offense as a back and receiver as a rookie.

Rainey and Spence will be rookies in 2012, but they could play very important roles. The Steelers want Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders to focus on receiver rather than returning kicks and the defense needs help against the leagues new-breed of tight ends.

Whether they see many plays, or just a few, Rainey and Spence have a shot at being the Steelers wild-cards on Offense and Defense in 2012.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp Competition: RB Baron Batch vs. RB Chris Rainey

by Neal Coolong on Jun 28, 2012



Admittedly, the running backs are in for a "one vs. all" battle, and breaking them out individually is a bit convenient. But given the similar skill sets of both RB Baron Batch and RB Chris Rainey, it's hard not to compare the two.

That's a good thing for each of them.

With starter Isaac Redman clearly established as the starter while RB Rashard Mendenhall rehabs a torn ACL suffered in January, the depth of the Steelers' backfield will be challenged. Neither Batch nor Rainey can boast the same all-around skill set as Mendenhall, but they have excellent speed, good hands and both have as good a chance as any to make this roster.

Rainey could have an advantage going into camp due to his kick return ability - something he did at a high level while at the University of Florida. What the 2012 5th round pick lacks in size he makes up with his speed, but more specifically, he's a decisive player - his cut-backs on kick-offs show purpose and a willingness to take a hit if it means a chance to get outside and get fast.

Batch, a training camp phenom a year ago before an ACL tear of his own derailed the season, has drawn praise already from offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Batch may be behind Rainey in terms of speed, but he's a little bit bigger and has already shown Steelers coach Mike Tomlin he's a willing football player.

Considering Haley had a running back catch at least 40 passes in each of the two and a half seasons in Kansas City, where he was the head coach, it stands to reason having more than one back who can leverage speed with hands to become a multi-purpose weapon.

It's fully possible both of these players make the team in 2012, but if it came down to the two of them, the question would be answered based on what Rainey shows in the return game.

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Like Baron Batch as far as blocking, catching passes out of the backfield.

But LOVE what Rainey has to offer.

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