Rainey, earning his first career NFC Special Teams Player of the Week Award, recorded three punt returns for 85 yards (28.3 avg.), with a long of 58 yards. His 58-yard return is the longest by a Buccaneers player since 2009 and helped set up the Buccaneers’ first touchdown of the day. His 85 punt return yards for the game are the most by a Tampa Bay player since 2008 and his 28.3 return average is the fourth-highest in team history (minimum three punt returns).
Rainey also added a second punt return of 25 yards, to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 40-yard line, which led to another Buccaneers touchdown. His 199 punt return yards are the second-most in the NFL this season and his 13.3 punt return average stands as the sixth-best mark in the league. He also leads the NFL in combined punt and kick return yards, with 438.
Rainey is the first Buccaneers player to earn Special Teams Player of the Week honors since WR Michael Spurlock won the award in Week 16 of the 2009 season. In 2013, Rainey was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award for Week 11. Rainey joins Ronde Barber & Shelton Quarles as the only Buccaneers players to win Player of the Week Awards in two different categories.
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