Pros And Cons Of Reggie Bush

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By Antonio Cuevas

As most of you know, running back Reggie Bush has signed a 4-year, 16 million dollar contract with the Detroit Lions. The question may be for some of you is, will Reggie Bush be effective and be a good choice for the Lions? Or was this a bad decision? Looking over his stats from previous seasons, in some cases it could be good and bad.

Being the 2nd overall pick of the 2006 NFL draft, Reggie Bush hasn’t been what he was expected to be. Bush has just one 1,000 yard season in his 7 year career. His performance from the collegiate level to the pros has dramatically decreased. While with the Saints, he never really proved to be an every down back. His first two seasons he reached just over 500 yards. In years 3, 4, and 5, he had a small amount of yardage failing to reach 450 yards in all 3 seasons. However, the reason being, he missed more games due to injuries.

When arriving to the Miami Dolphins, Bush proved himself to be an every down back rushing for 1,086 yards. In that same season he proved to be healthy enough to be an effective back, only missing 1 game. In year two, with the Dolphins, he played every single game rushing for 986 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Bush has not only established himself running the ball, but supplies good hands out of the back field to get into open space. During the course of his career, Bush has 372 receptions, 2,730 yards, and 15 touchdowns. The 8th year running back will be a factor in taking pressure off of wide receiver Calvin Johnson and quarter back Mathew Stafford. With Calvin Johnson coming out of a record breaking season, he is expected to be strongly covered, leaving Bush open for more receptions.

Reggie Bush can be a huge impact for the Lions offense in 2013. If he can stay healthy, hold onto the ball, and follow his assignments, he will prove to be a factor and a weapon. In this system, Bush may have the potential of putting up receiving yards such as Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk did in the past. As hard of a task that may be, Bush has expressed that he believes he still has a lot more football left.

Year
Team
ATT
YDS
AVG
TDS
REC
YDS
AVG
TDS
2012
MIA
227
986
4.3
6
35
292
8.3
2
2011
MIA
216
1086
5
6
43
296
6.9
1
2010
NO
36
150
4.2
0
34
207
6.1
1
2009
NO
70
390
5.6
5
47
335
7.1
3
2008
NO
106
404
3.8
2
52
440
8.5
4
2007
NO
157
581
3.7
4
73
417
5.7
2
2006
NO
155
565
3.6
6
88
742
8.4
2

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