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Rainey came in as a draft pick that had tantalizing speed and looked to be a fit in the receiving game. He also seemed like a good bet to compete for a job as a returner, but few had any notions of using him often in the backfield.
Rainey is another player that has surpassed anything that was expected before camp. He became an integral part of the rushing attack and surprised by being very good on screens as well. He seems like he can shoulder a bigger load than people expected.
When the return game has worked, he’s been a big part of why. The Steelers are transitioning to a new special teams coach, but Rainey will be the returner barring something shocking. He’s good enough and shifty enough to be very dangerous.