In just his first season with the Detroit Lions, Reggie Bush made the NFL Top 100; and while he had some up and down moments, Bush was correctly ranked as the 85th-best player in 2014 as voted by his NFL peers.
After not being ranked last year, Bush became a dynamic playmaker for the Lions in 2013. He finished the season with 1,006 rushing yards and 506 receiving yards in just 14 games, and with less than 300 combined offensive touches. Despite his great season, Bush didn’t make the Pro Bowl mostly because of other great running backs like Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy within the NFC.
Despite his omission, Bush’s playmaking ability for Detroit warranted a spot on the countdown.
Bush’s best games in 2013 came against the division rival Chicago Bears. In two games, Bush had two 100-yard rushing days that keyed two divisional wins. He also had good games against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1, the Green Bay Packers in Week 11, and against the Cleveland Browns in Week 6.
However, Bush struggled to duplicate his early season success late in the year. In the Lions’ Week 16 game against the New York Giants, a game Detroit had to win to keep its playoff hopes alive, Bush only had 12 carries for 34 yards and lost a fumble in an OT loss.
In 2014, Bush is projected to start once again at running back, with backup Joique Bell joining him to form one of the best backfield tandems in the NFL. At age 29, Bush may not have many more productive seasons ahead of him, but with new head coach Jim Caldwell in the fold, he will continue to be a versatile weapon for the Lions.
If Bush can avoid his fumbling issues and continue to produce 1,500 all-purpose yard seasons, he will much higher on this list in 2015.