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pic: John T. Greilick, APThe Bush has landed and he couldn’t have found a better place. In 2012 the Detroit Lions sans speedy and pass catching Jahvid Best put a running back platoon on the field consisting of Kevin Smith (FA), Joique Bell and Mikel LeShoure. Individually neither was spectacular, but together their numbers resemble that of a workhorse starting caliber running back. Kevin Smith and Mikel LeShoure appeared in 13 games each and Joique Bell played in 15. LeShoure dominated the rushing attempts with 215 as Bell became the 3rd down receiving back with 52 receptions. Towards the end of the season it was Bell between the 20’s and LeShoure in the Red Zone as Mikel ultimately became too touchdown reliant for reliable fantasy value. The three running backs combined for 334 rushing attempts and 1,346 yards averaging 93.2 rushing yards a game. The key to Reggie Bush’s arrival though is these 3 backs combined for 96 receptions and 778 yards. In Bush’s most productive years in New Orleans he had 88 and 73 receptions over 2006 and 2007 respectively. But who knows what could have been in 2007 when he had 73 receptions as he only played in 12 games at which he was a pace for 97 receptions. So it is possible that Bush could single handedly replace the receiving production of LeShoure, Bell and Smith (FA). Only 28, it’s not like Bush is in the decline of his career. Bush’s replacement in New Orleans, Darren Sproles is a year and a half older and he’s a dynamic receiving back who has had 86 and 67 receptions respectively in the last two years. Sproles was part of a 4 horse stable in New Orleans with Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Chris Ivory (RFA) and yet a borderline RB1 in PPR leagues. Still a speedy and shifty runner, Bush averaged 4.7 yards per carry over his two years in Miami though he was underutilized in the passing game. The next two or three years should be very productive for Bush and QB Matthew Stafford. Reggie has one less running back to compete with than Sproles in New Orleans and with Stafford and Brees putting up massive passing attempts and yardage; Bush should relive his form of 2006 and 2007. Over the last two years Brees has attempted 1,327 passes with 890 completions, yet over the same time period and number of games (16 in 2011, 15 in 2012 ea.) Stafford has actually attempted more passes (1,390) and only 1.1 less completion per game over the last two years with 856. Further helping Bush this upcoming year is Calvin Johnson. Neither Brees nor Sproles has ever played with someone commanding double and sometimes triple teaming. This attention from safeties will further increase Bush’s workload and production out of the backfield. With LeShoure in the backfield and motioning Bush to the slot with Calvin out wide is a matchup nightmare for line backers and defensive backs. The Lions are now set up now to get out running and put up points throwing the ball deep to Calvin and checking it down to Bush and then later in the game bringing in LeShoure to pound and lean on the tired defense. I believe Bush could easily see close to the 200+ (216 and 219) rushing attempts as he did in Miami the last two years while sharing carries with Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas. After all they didn’t bring him in to be the 3rd wheel. He offers characteristics of both LeShoure and Bell, yet is more polished than and fast than both. Jahvid Best in 2010 had 172 rushes in 15 games and he is not built like Reggie; but he did have 58 receptions. This is set up for another “smash and dash” as Lions coach Jim Schwartz had in Tennessee with Lendale White and Chris Johnson. The Lions are going to force defenses hands now and take what they give. ‘You want to take away Calvin, we’ll pound the rock or check it down, you want to crowd the box and roll the safety, we’ll take our chances as we always have and let Calvin go get it.’ Reggie Bush - 2013 Projection 192 Rush Attempts 705 Rushing Yards and 6 TD’s 79 Receptions 552 Receiving Yards and 4 TD’s RB1/RB2 in PPR RB2/Flex in Standard
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Long considered the front-runners in the pursuit of Reggie Bush, the team reportedly has signed the free agent running back to a four-year deal.
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Reggie Bush has had a very exciting week. The former New Orleans Saint and Miami Dolphins running back has taken his talents to Detroit to bolster the Lions backfield….He also was personally invited by Taco Bell to try out some food in their test kitchen. Reggie has always been a big Taco guy.-TO
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The Detroit Lions apparently are going to have to wait at least another day to add that playmaking running back that theyve been coveting.
The NFL free-agent season opened Tuesday at 4 p.m. with much anticipation and speculation that the Lions could quickly sign Reggie Bush, who played the last two seasons in Miami.
No such deal was immediately announced.
Instead, Bush is expected...
The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Detroit Lions, according to Tim Twnetyman of DetroitLions.com. Lions and Reggie Bush have agreed to terms on a 4-year contract. Press conference set for 1:45. — Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) March 13, 2013 Bush will help the Lions establish the running game they missed in 2012 with Jahvid Best out. The Lions...
Reggie Bush is joining the Detroit Lions.
The Lions introduced the free agent running back Wednesday. They did not immediately provide any details about his contract.
Bush gives Detroit another speedy playmaker for an offense that already includes star receiver Calvin Johnson. He's being brought in to help improve an inconsistent running game. Jahvid Best, a first-round draft...
Reggie Bush is on tour. Well, his first free agent tour since being drafted by the Saints in 2006. He was traded to the Dolphins, so he wasn't signed as free agent. Back to topic. Bush is talking with several teams about what his role would be on those teams. The team with the inside track, according to this Yahoo! Sports article would be the Detroit Lions, because they'...
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This signing was one of the worst kept secrets in free agency. The Lions needed to find a replacement for Jahvid Best and Reggie’s skill set fits the bill. They can line him up all over the formation and may need too. I think he will be a nice RB2 in PPR leagues in 2013 as the Lions have shown they love to throw to their RBs. Hell, even Joique...
Reggie Bush has agreed to a 4 year contract with the Detroit Lions. ush spent five seasons with the Saints before he was traded to the Miami Dolphins following the 2011 lockout. Bush signed a two-year, $9.75 million contract with the Dolphins and, as an every-down back over the last 31 games, rushed for 2,072 yards with 12 touchdowns, going over 1,000 yards for the first time in...
Reggie Bush had a decision to make — sign with the Lions or Cardinals as a full-time running back or sign with the Redskins or Bengals as a third-down back.
Bush agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Lions on Wednesday, according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com. The team retweeted Twentyman’s tweet and said “Welcome to Detroit!”
The Lions and Cardinals were offering...
Look out Green Bay, Minnesota, and Chicago--the Detroit Lions have just become a whole lot tougher:
BREAKING: The @detroitlionsnfl and RB Reggie Bush have agreed to terms on a 4-year deal.
— FOX SPORTS: NFL (@NFLONFOX) March 13, 2013
Detroit has been in need of a running back ever since Barry Sanders left. They thought they had one when they drafted Jahvid Best a couple year...
After the Miami Dolphins made big moves on day 1 of free agency by signing Mike Wallace and Dannell Ellerbe, the Detroit Lions were the clear winners of day 2. Ironically, the biggest signing of the day for the Lions was running back Reggie Bush, who left those same Dolphins to sign a 4 year $16 million dollar contract. Also added to the fold were former Texans safety Glover Quin...