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After only five days with Ravens, Bobby Rainey struck quickly on special teams

After only five days with Ravens, Bobby Rainey struck quickly on special teams

A little more than a week ago, Bobby Rainey was a free agent. On Sunday, he was the Ravens’ primary kick returner.

In the topsy-turvy world of the NFL, that’s how quickly a player can go from afterthought to valued commodity. It might seem dizzying to an outsider, but Rainey, whom the team had cut Sept. 1 and re-signed last Tuesday, embraced the immediacy of his promotion to the top of the special teams depth chart.

“I kind of knew that they brought me here to play,” he said after returning a kick 96 yards for a touchdown in Sunday’s 27-24 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears at M&T Bank Stadium. “So I knew I was coming here to play. So with the position I...

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