Bobby Rainey sees size as advantage

TAMPA, Fla. -- Bobby Rainey surprised a lot of people with his 163 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown in Sunday’s 41-28 victory against the Atlanta Falcons.

That’s only because, like the rest of the world, the Falcons didn’t see him coming.

“With the offensive line being taller than me, it’s hard to find me because I’m so short,’’ Rainey said Monday. “The offensive line does a great job of blocking and I just get behind them and hide, really.’’

That’s a pretty simple philosophy, but it works for Rainey. He is listed at 5-foot-8, but I’ve stood beside Rainey and I think that figure is more than a little generous.

“It’s just one of the things I’m blessed with is being short,’’ Rainey said. “I take advantage of that.’’

That’s ironic because Rainey’s size was the main reason he wasn’t drafted out of Western Kentucky. Rainey said he’s heard it all his life and can’t remember who was the first person to tell him he was too short for football.

“It doesn’t matter,’’ Rainey said. “I just use it as motivation.’’

But that’s not the only thing that motivates Rainey. After Sunday’s game, several teammates said they knew almost nothing about Rainey.

“It just motivates me to make everybody know who I am,’’ Rainey said. “I just come to work every day, know the playbook and keep doing my job and eventually it will get to the point that they’ll know who I am.’’

A few more 100-yard games and Rainey won’t be able to hide anymore.