Reggie Bush was an insane talent in college, but has been a disappointment in the NFL. Those excited about his prospects last season were embarrassed. Those working to avoid further embarrassment need not worry: Bush is going to have a big year for the Detroit Lions. He is finally in a system where his skill set fits perfectly with his team.
The Lions love to throw the ball and that is the offense Bush fits best. In fact, he might be as much a receiver as a running back this year. The Lions will not run Bush more than 20 times a game the way Arian Foster will, but Bush will supplement his carries with five to six catches a game.
Not only will those touches help, but they will be in open space where Bush excels. When he does run, a lot of the runs will be shot gun draws, or pitches outside, both of which will help Bush get into open space and make big plays.
For the New Orleans Saints, Bush did not really get enough touches to be a good fantasy running back. When he did, a lot of the runs were right up the middle, which is not exactly what a speed back needs. Then he went to the Miami Dolphins, where he got the touches, but with no great quarterback there and a struggling offense, it was hard to score touchdowns and make big plays.
This year, he will have the offense to help him score and the touches to get to at least 1000 yards. Think about it this way: Bush was the 14th–best running back last year and is being taken outside of the top 20 running backs. There is no way around it — he is going to have great value.
Bush is an tremendous no. 2 back this year. Everyone knows he has value in PPR drafts, but even in standard ones, he should be a steal. In most drafts, you can get him in the fifth even though he will easily have fourth- or even third-round value.
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