Not because he's overly talented, or that he got a raw deal in Pittsburgh. Simply because he's fast, and kick returners get passed around the league like foreign players taken in the second round of the NBA draft.
Pro Football Talk reported earlier this week Rainey had a tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs, even citing one source who said Rainey clocked in at 4.29 in a 40-yard dash during that tryout.
That wasn't impressive enough, apparently. Rainey remains unsigned. For the record, the Steelers are averaging 22.5 yards per kick return this season, good for eighth in the NFL. With Rainey (and others) they averaged 25.3 in 2012. Or basically the difference of one big return, which Felix Jones appears close to knocking out soon enough.
Perhaps against the struggling special teams units of the Vikings.
Maybe the Chiefs will give Reggie Dunn a look-see, who knows?
As far as Rainey goes, his status remains unchanged; he's unsigned but still very fast.
More from Behind the Steel Curtain:
- Bell felt rusty last week, ready to go vs. Vikings
- Ben to offensive line: 'Be tough, be nasty'
- Cutler earned respect by not sliding
- 5 Burning Questions
- Ben calls Bell out
- Special teams a bright spot so far
- Message to Steelers rookies: Don't get too comfortable
- Polamalu back to old self
- 2014 NFL Draft: Looking at offensive tackles after a month in CFB