Gaines at Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium practice in August 2013.
|No. 79 New York Giants|
|Date of birth:||June 24, 1989|
|Place of birth:||Goodlettsville, Tennessee|
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||334 lb (151 kg)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Stats at NFL.com|
He is the son of Rogers and Laurita Gaines.
Gaines was a two-year starter at defensive tackle and then switched to offense at left tackle for his senior season for the Blue Devils, grading out at 85 percent blocking with 80 pancake blocks and no sacks allowed in 133 attempts. The Blue Devils had two 1,000-yard rushers and a 1,000-yard passer behind Gaines, and he was rewarded for his efforts as a top-three finalist for the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards in Class 3-A for Lineman. The winner of the award in his category was future Alabama and National Football League standout Dont'a Hightower of Marshall County.
The Blue Devils were the Region 4-3A co-champions in 2007 and finished 9-4 with a trip to the state quarterfinals in Class 3-A. For his career on defense, he had 92 tackles including 13 for losses, one forced fumble and five sacks. He participated in the 2006 Elite Football Combine as one of the top 60 players in the state of Tennessee.
For his achievements, as a senior, he was named the Region 4-3A Offensive Lineman of the Year, and a member of The All-Midstate Team (The Tennessean), The All-County Team (The News Examiner) and the All-State teams for the Tennessee Football Coaches Association and the Tennessee Sports Writers Association.
The 6-foot-7, 332-pound lineman was also an All-State basketball player for the Blue Devils.
As a senior, he was First Team Ohio Valley Conference. Gaines was named to the HBCU Huddle/College Sporting News All-American Team for 2012, his senior season. Gaines was a part of a TSU offensive line that led the Ohio Valley Conference in rushing at 175.7 yards per game. The senior did not give up a sack all season and graded out at a 93.6. Gaines was also named to the BOXTOROW All-American Team and The Sports Network FCS and Associated Press All-American Team.
2013 NFL Combine
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 6 in||334 lb||36 1/4 in||10 5/8 in||5.24 s||5.24 s||23.0 in||28 reps|
|All values from the NFL Combine |
Gaines graded out at 60.9 and was a late-round NFL draft projection, but was not selected in the NFL draft and signed as an undrafted free agent.
40-Yard Time: 5.24 Bench Reps: 28 Vertical: 23.0 20-Yard Shuttle: 5.24
On September 24, 2013, he was signed to the Chicago Bears' practice squad.
New York Giants
On May 31, 2014, he was signed to the New York Giants.
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- "Tennessee State Profile". tsutigers.com.
- "Massive TSU tackle Rogers Gaines hopes to silence doubters with NFL opportunity". nashvillecitypaper.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
- Rogers Gaines NFL Combine profile
- "Ravens Sign 14 Undrafted Free Agents". baltimoreravens.com. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
- "Bears Make Practice Squad Moves". WBBM-TV. September 24, 2013. Retrieved September 24. Check date values in: