Although he gave his life story the other day, running back Bobby Rainey had to do it again in the locker room Sunday. Rainey was swarmed by the media. That’s understandable, because he rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns, and also caught a touchdown pass. Rainey, who joined the team three weeks ago, was playing only because Doug Martin and Mike James have been lost to season-ending injuries. Coach Greg Schiano said part of the reason Rainey has fit in so well is because he played in a similar offense at Western Kentucky.
Linebacker Dekoda Watson has seen his playing time dwindle recently in favor of Jonathan Casillas. But that might change because of what Watson did Sunday as he drew strong praise from Schiano after the game. On special teams, Watson blocked a punt. On defense, he sometimes lined up as a rush end. Watson either hit Matt Ryan's arm or tipped the ball on Mason Foster's interception that was returned for a touchdown.
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy recorded sacks on back-to-back plays in the first quarter. McCoy said the last time he had sacks on back-to-back plays was in high school.