Weslye Saunders was keeping something from his teammates on Wednesday morning.
They knew Saunders had played with new running back Chris Rainey in Pittsburgh and against him in college.
Yet, Saunders wanted his teammates to get their own look at the electric Rainey on the football field before he offered his own opinion.
“We are getting a special player,” Saunders said of Rainey. “That guy is a hell of a player. Tough little dude.”
The 5-9, 180-pound Rainey is known for his All-American track speed that he showcased in the University of Florida’s spread offense.
Rainey was chosen in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL draft and played in all 16 games of his rookie season with the Steelers.
Whether it was running the ball (26 carries for 102 yards), catching it (14 receptions for 60 yards) or impacting the game on special teams (39 kick returns for 1,035 yards), Rainey showcased his versatility last season.
However, the Steelers cut Rainey after an off the field incident in early January.
Rainey is “blessed” to have a second chance and says he has learned from his mistakes.
“Hell yeah,” Rainey said when asked if he’s learned. “Eleven months is a long time, so I’m just glad to be back.”
In practice on Wednesday, Rainey worked as a return man and also a scout team running back.
His dynamic ability was used in multiple ways at Florida and while he’s not exactly sure where he will fit in with the Colts, he’s grateful to be back in the NFL and playing for a contenting team.
“I know I’m a playmaker,” Rainey said. “I came to help the team win. Wherever they put me, I’ll be ready.”
As a former SEC opponent, Colts nose tackle Josh Chapman can attest to Rainey’s playmaking ability.
Safe to say Chapman is glad to have Rainey in his locker room this time around.
“We got a fast, dangerous player,” Chapman said of Rainey.
“You don’t find many small guys that run that tough. He’s pretty fast and I know I don’t like chasing him.”
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