Reggie Bush Finally Breaks Out
Its been eight years now, so you can be forgiven if youve forgotten, but there was a time when Reggie Bush wasnt just expected to be a good NFL player, wasnt even expected to be a great NFL player, but was expected to be a transcendent NFL player. When Bush was running wild at USC in 2005, people talked about him like he was going to be some combination of Barry Sanders and Gale Sayers in the NFL, a player who had the talent to be the NFLs best running back, the NFLs best slot receiver and the NFLs best kick returner, all in one package.
It didnt happen, for a variety of reasons ranging from the fact that the team that drafted Bush, the Saints, really didnt need him to be an every-down running back, to the fact that it was basically impossible for anyone to live up to the kinds of expectations that were on Bush coming out of college.
But what has happened in this, Bushs eighth NFL season and first with the Lions, is that were finally getting the Reggie Bush weve been waiting for. The Lions have the right offense to take advantage of Bushs skills, both as a runner and as a receiver, to get him the ball in space and to let him cut and spin and start and stop and hurdle and sprint to the end zone.