RB Reggie Bush - Free Agent
|6-0, 200||Born: 3-2-1985||College: USC||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2006|
2016 Week 1 vs BAL (3 / -4 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Reggie Bush may still be a good player but he is not a good fit for the Bills' running game. The Bills already have LeSean McCoy as the quick back; they need a bruiser as the change-of-pace back. Bush has never been the bruiser. Like McCoy, Bush will attempt to get to the edge and turn upfield for massive yardage. Unlike McCoy who had some success, Bush got eaten up for a big loss of yards two out of his three runs. Luckily for Bush, there does not seem to be another trusted RB on the roster so he may keep his second-string spot. But he will probably not do much with it.
2016 Week 6 vs SF (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Reggie Bush ran a whole lot of yards for no gain and then came in for a garbage time carry. He isn't relevant in this offense.
2016 Week 7 vs MIA (1 / 1 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Reggie Bush was utilized more as a pass-catcher than he was as a runner. His 1 run was for 1 yard and scored 1 TD. In the air, he was targeted in the endzone and later received the 2pt-conversion score. With all the injuries, Bush may have a bigger role in the coming weeks but it will not be a major one.
2016 Week 8 vs NE (2 / -8 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Reggie Bush had his most active game as a member of the Bills but that isn't saying much. He did absolutely nothing as a runner and was primarily used as a receiver out of the backfield. Bush did have an endzone target but it was too high for him to pull in. In a strange play, Bush tried to throw back to Taylor instead of taking a loss on a run. As it was a backward pass, it was a fumble. Luckily, Taylor collected the ball after the first hop. Bush has the potential to sneak a TD week-to-week but that potential is pretty small.
2016 Week 9 vs SEA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Reggie Bush was again not used as a rusher. He had two targets; one was a WR screen for a good amount of yards and one was a horizontal waste of precious time at the end of the 1st half (that ended up causing an offensive penalty).
2016 Week 11 vs CIN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Reggie Bush lined up in the slot and in the backfield, but was only utilized as a receiver. In the first quarter, Taylor found Bush on a quick slant route. As soon as he caught the pass, Bush reversed fields, bringing back visions of his days at USC. Bush rumbled across fields, picking up 18 yards.
2016 Week 14 vs PIT (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Reggie Bush had one carry on an option that he almost bobbled.
2015 Week 1 vs MIN (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush didn't do much against the Vikings, playing only 8 snaps, running 4 routes, carrying twice, and being targeted once before leaving the game with a calf strain midway through the first quarter. The good news, however, is threefold. First, his injury appears to be minor, so he won't be missing many, if any, games. Second, Bush's 8 snaps were out of a possible 16 plays at the time of his exit, so there's no question that he's San Francisco's primary running back in passing situations when healthy. Finally, while one of his carries produced an injury, the other produced a highlight reminder of Bush's athleticism. On San Francisco's fourth play of the game, Bush took the handoff on a read-option play that Minnesota initially defended well. He then eluded a tackle in the backfield, stiff-armed safety Andrew Sendejo (also in the backfield), and accelerated around right end for 8 yards.
2015 Week 4 vs GB (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Bush was barely used in a game set up perfectly for his situational personnel package, and with a quarterback obsessed with throwing short passes. That said, his 2 fourth-quarter targets could have ended up being productive if not for Kaepernick throwing the ball at Bush's feet. Also, Bush's lone carry came on the coaching staff's most bizarre play-call of the game: a 3rd-and-11 inside handoff.
2015 Week 7 vs SEA (4 / 21 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
Four of Bush's nine opportunities came on 3rd-and-long. He also ran the proverbial "halftime draw" on 2nd-and-24. None of these defensive-indifference situations produced big plays. He might have put up better yardage numbers if not for dropping his first target of the game (on 3rd-and-7) and running into the back of his own blocker on a otherwise well-executed outside zone later in the game.
2015 Week 8 vs LA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush didn't touch the ball on San Francisco's first drive, though was the target of an errant pass. Just prior to the second drive, he slipped on the concrete walkway surrounding the field after returning a punt -- game over and season likely over. It's been that kind of year for Bush, and that kind of year for the 49ers.
2014 Week 1 vs NYG (9 / 15 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 49 / 0 rec)
Bush and Joique Bell rotated in and out of the game with regularity against the Giants. Bush was active early in the game, especially in the passing game. Linebackers and defensive backs were no match in space when Bush was at full speed. In the second half, and especially the fourth quarter, Bush's touches were situational as Joique Bell killed the clock between the tackles and iced the game with a goal line touchdown. With a lead throughout, Bush was the preferred receiving back in a full-blown backfield committee.
2014 Week 2 vs CAR (6 / 26 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Bush rarely had room to operate against an active Carolina front seven pursuit. Backfield mate Joique Bell was the preferred interior option and Bush found no perimeter room. Bush's highlight play came early in the second half as two jump cuts on a red zone carry nearly resulted in a touchdown. Other than that and a short gain on an outlet reception, Bush was bottled up in a tempered performance by the entire Detroit offense in Carolina.
2014 Week 3 vs GB (12 / 61 / 1 rush, 8 / 6 / 38 / 0 rec)
Bush was at his best in open space against Green Bay as interior running lanes were at a premium throughout the game. In the second quarter, Bush put a highlight-worthy double-move on a Packers linebacker, coming wide open to convert the third-and-long play into field goal range. In the second half, Bush's persistence through tough carries in the first half started to pay dividends. The Packers defense was on the field for nearly 38 minutes in the game and Bush looked fresher compared to the defenders over the final two quarters. Bush gained the corner and exploded through a defender near the goal line for a mid-range touchdown, and then spins to convert a third-and-short with three minutes to play as Detroit played keep away to milk the late lead. While few opportunities inside were available this week, Bush made the most of his opportunities as a receiver and on the edge of the defense.
2014 Week 4 vs NYJ (12 / 46 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)
Bush was held in check by the Jets front seven until the closing minutes this week. Defenders beat Bush to the corner and yards after contact between the tackles were non-existent. Most of his rushing yards, 32, came on the final drive as Detroit milked the clock. On his highlight run, Bush juked a free defender in the backfield and got loose to the outside. As he approached the sideline, Bush spun back into play to keep the clock moving with less than three minutes remaining. When the Lions needed a running game nursing a seven-point lead, Bush was the back of choice and he delivered in the fourth quarter. No scoring opportunities were available this week and Bush was also stuffed on a third-and-short carry. In addition, Bush did not get his head around on a third down target as it bounced off his arms.
2014 Week 5 vs BUF (6 / 13 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
With Joique Bell and Theo Riddick out against the Bills, the stage was set for a heavy workload for Bush. Instead, the Buffalo front seven held up in the first half against Bush on the interior and his largest gain inside was called back due to a holding penalty. Bush found room in the passing game, however, with two well-blocked receptions on the perimeter. On one target, Matthew Stafford and Bush were not on the same page, leading to an interception. Bush came out of his break and his head was not all the way back to the quarterback, the ball was behind him, leading to a tipped pass and an interception. Detroit was on the edge of field goal range at the time. Bush sustained an ankle injury in the second half, which paved the way for George Winn to see significant work late in the game.
2014 Week 7 vs NO (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 22 / 0 rec)
Bush was back this week, but in and out of the lineup with an ankle injury against the Saints. As a runner, Bush looked to bounce carries outside too often, giving up ground in the process. Bush was stuffed on a rare third-and-short opportunity as well. While more effective in the passing game, Bush still looked off his typical game. Bush dropped a third down outlet target, stalling a drive, as well as inexplicably trying to reverse his field on a traditional screen for a loss. On fourth down in the closing minutes, Bush did draw a defensive pass interference penalty to continue Detroit's ultimate game-winning drive.
2014 Week 10 vs MIA (4 / 20 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Bush was limited against Miami with an ankle injury early in the game. He showed good burst and lateral agility on two runs, before giving way to Joique Bell and Theo Riddick on a majority of snaps down the stretch. Riddick's strong play in the passing game, including the game-winning touchdown, is a hindrance to Bush's upside down the stretch.
2014 Week 14 vs TB (8 / 26 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 8 / 0 rec)
After missing the past three games, Bush was back in his committee role against Tampa Bay. Joique Bell saw a majority of the work, but Bush's 12 touches marked his highest total since Week 4. Bush rarely made headway between the tackles as Tampa Bay defenders swarmed to the ball and won collisions against Bush after initial contact. Bush was hit-or-miss in the pass game. At times he looked like the Bush from a year or two ago with sharp cuts and powering through secondary defenders in space. However, Bush's tendency to bounce too many touches outside crept into his game this week. Also, Bush came wide open on an out route from the slot and failed to get his head around in time for Matthew Stafford's pass. That error resulted in the ball sailing through his hands, nearly turning into an interception. With Joique Bell's interior and goal line role in place, Bush is left with low-upside volume and hoping for a random receiving touchdown to have a quality performance down the stretch.
2014 Week 15 vs MIN (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Bush logged a season-low four touches against the Vikings as Joique Bell continued to dominate the work in Detroit's backfield. In his limited time, Bush was tracked down as he attempted to outrun the Vikings defense to the edge, stuffed at the line of scrimmage, and dropped a quick out pass target with four minutes to play in the game. The wheels are quickly coming off Bush's game as Theo Riddick has largely outplayed him in the change-of-pace role this season.
2014 Week 16 vs CHI (7 / 54 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 44 / 0 rec)
In the first half, Bush dominated the backfield snaps against the Bears. His cuts were sharper than recent weeks and his burst to get to the outside pronounced. In the first 20-25 minutes of the game, Bush racked up 52 total yards and added a nifty draw play prior to halftime. Amidst his strong first half, Bush converted a fourth down with a screen pass reception and dove for the pylon after getting the edge on a sweep. Joique Bell was minimally-used in the first half, but progressively saw more work in the second half. As a result, Bush's workload dwindled with the game on the line late. With Bush looking spry following his mid-season injury, look for the Detroit backfield to be a full-blown committee once-again with Bush the preferred PPR option and Bell getting more looks near the goal line.
2014 Week 17 vs GB (5 / 19 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Bush had a generally forgettable game in Green Bay this week. Joique Bell dominated the interior touches for the Detroit run game and Bush struggled with the wintery turf and conditions. Bush logged a dropped ball, slipped down following a flat route reception, and reversed his field only to be stuffed for a loss in the first half alone. The second half was no better as Bush sagged downfield on a pass route over the middle, allowing the defensive back to undercut his route. Only an ugly drop by the defender thwarted the interception. With the playoff matchup on Dallas' indoor turf, Bush has an opportunity to rebound on Detroit's biggest stage of the season.
2014 Week 18 vs DAL (8 / 37 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
Bush's role against the Cowboys was consistent with his play all season. He had occasional flashes when in space, like a nine-yard jaunt on a toss play, following by a jump cut beating a defender for a red zone touchdown carry in the first quarter. However, a majority of Bush's touches were sniffed out by Dallas' defense for little or no gain. Theo Riddick saw most of the snaps in the pass-catching role in Detroit's hurry-up offense at the end of each half and performed well. With a $5-6 million dollar cap hit each of the next two seasons, the soon-to-be 30-year-old running back may have played his last game in Detroit with this playoff loss.
2013 Week 1 vs MIN (21 / 90 / 0 rush, 8 / 4 / 101 / 1 rec)
It was a breakout debut for Reggie Bush as he outplayed Adrian Peterson in the matchup with Minnesota. Much like his use in the preseason, Bush was a centerpiece of the Detroit offense in the passing game. He lined up as a receiver quite a bit, being used on screen passes with regularity. Bush was successful when a big opening presented itself between the tackles in the run game, but was hesitant at times without a clearly defined hole. Bush had one of the highlight plays of the game, breaking a screen pass for a long touchdown in the second half. Without having to make a defender miss at the second level, it was all speed for Bush to get into the end zone. In the red zone, Bush struggled on the day. He dropped a third down target that stalled a promising early game drive and a potential touchdown run at the goal line was ruled down at the one-yard-line late in the game. On an injury front, Bush favored his thumb on multiple occasions in the first half and limped off the field later in the game, but did not appear to miss any time as a result of either injury.
2013 Week 2 vs ARI (9 / 25 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
It was a tough game against Arizona for Bush. He was dinged up for the second week in a row, this time taking a shot to his knee in the mid-second quarter. Prior to that, Bush had ten touches for around 60 total yards as the centerpiece of the Lions offense. He was active in the passing game, being split out on multiple occasions, beating defenders on slant and circle routes. On one of those big gains as a receiver is when Bush injured his knee and limped off the field. He returned for a single carry in the final minute of the first half where he was stuffed at the line of scrimmage on the play. Bush was back on the field to open the second half, but fumbled on his lone carry inside the Detroit 20-yard-line on the play. That was the last time Bush saw the field. It was unclear if his injury or fumble was the primary concern. Joique Bell saw exclusive work when Bush was on the sidelines.
2013 Week 4 vs CHI (18 / 139 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)
After missing Week three with an injury, Bush was back as the main cog in the offense against Chicago. As the Lions passing game struggled for most of the game, it was Bush that fueled Detroit's early scoring drives. This was the first time in Bush's career he has gained at least 100 rushing yards in the first half of a game. He was patient at the point of attack in the run game as he found room to make defenders miss at the second level of the defense. Bush's stutter step and spin moves were effective as he was rarely tackled by the first free defender. In addition to a red zone drop in the passing game, Bush's most glaring mistake came as he fumbled on a second quarter carry. Detroit recovered the fumble and Bush made his best run of the day on the very next snap. The offensive line opened a huge hole, Bush hurdled a defender down the field, and then it was off to the races. Bush outran the defense to the end zone for a highlight long touchdown. Compared to the first half, Bush was relatively quiet over the final 30 minutes. He had two bigger gains as Detroit was very conservative on offense with a big lead and Chicago turning the ball over with regularity.
2013 Week 5 vs GB (13 / 44 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)
It was tough going for Bush against a Green Bay defense that did not need to account for Calvin Johnson down the field. On the ground, Bush found few glaring holes on the interior and when he bounced a run outside, he was tracked down by linebackers and defensive backs that set the edge well. His biggest impact, relatively speaking, was in the passing game. Detroit was without Johnson and Nate Burleson, leaving a lackluster group of targets for Mathew Stafford. Bush lined up as a receiver for a handful of targets and was used on a reverse, his biggest gain of the day. It was clear that Detroit was searching for another to successfully move the ball at points. Instead of Joique Bell serving as a backup running back, it is worth noting that Bell lined up as a fullback or H-back to Bush's traditional running back alignment on a number of snaps as Detroit tried to get their best players on the field more often.
2013 Week 6 vs CLE (17 / 78 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 57 / 1 rec)
Bush looked to be healthy once again and the centerpiece of the Detroit offense with 22 touches. On the ground it was tough sledding against the Cleveland front seven. Outside of a well-blocked draw play or two, Bush was corralled quickly between the tackles for a minimal gain. Where he made his greatest impact was as a receiver out of the backfield and split out wide. When Bush is in space, he is one of the most dynamic runners in the league. He read the defense like a punt returner on a slot screen in the red zone. After the catch Bush dissected the second-level of the defense and finished off the touchdown by lowering his shoulder through a defender at the goal line. At the end of the game, Bush displayed the savvy play of a veteran as he slid down in-bounds after breaking to the outside on a reception. With three minutes to play and up by seven points, it was a tremendous play to keep the clock moving.
2013 Week 7 vs CIN (20 / 50 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
Despite 23 touches against Cincinnati, it was a disappointing day for Bush, especially on the ground. The Bengals defensive front did an excellent job filling the running lanes and Bush looked hesitant on many occasions when trying to find a room for a big gain. In the passing game, Bush saw more space, but only once did he get into the open field. There were no red zone opportunities for Bush this week as he was held in check.
2013 Week 8 vs DAL (21 / 92 / 1 rush, 9 / 8 / 30 / 0 rec)
Bush saw 29 touches against Dallas, his highest total since Week one of 2012, as the centerpiece of the offense. Bush was dangerous when getting past the initial level of the defense, making linebackers and defensive backs miss in one-on-one situations with regularity. With there was no clear hole created by the offensive line, Bush showed patience before breaking to the outside with his speed. His ability to control his speed when there is a need to throttle down or accelerate through a hole is impressive. After getting stuffed on two goal line carries early in the game, Bush converted one for a score with three minutes to go as Detroit closed the gap to just a field goal. In addition to his quality plays, Bush also dropped an easy slant route target when split out wide. After bouncing outside on a big gain on the ground, Bush lost a fumble, killing a Detroit drive already in field goal range. Bush carried the ball loosely as the tackler went straight for the strip as the pair headed towards the sidelines. After a hard hit that concluded an outlet reception, Bush headed to the sidelines with his shoulder hanging. He did not appear to miss any playing time due to the hit.
2013 Week 10 vs CHI (14 / 105 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec)
It was a slow start for Bush against Chicago as he gained just 16 rushing yards in the first half. Every yard was a battle as he lowered his shoulder between the tackles to move the pile on his most successful runs over that stretch. Bush did fumble a handoff, which he recovered, and dropped a screen pass with plenty of room in front of him in the first half as he left production on the field. In the second half, Bush found his groove on the ground. A huge hole got Bush matched up with the safety, where he juked for a big gain in the red zone. Three other big gains in the second half fueled most of his yardage for the game as Bush was not his usual dynamic self in the passing game.
2013 Week 11 vs PIT (12 / 31 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Bush had a tough game against the Steelers. He nearly had a fumble early in the game and then turned the ball over legitimately later in the first half, which staked Pittsburgh to a 14-3 lead. Bush rarely saw a well-blocked opening on the interior and after the lack of ball security, Joique Bell saw plenty of playing time over Bush for the remainder of the game. In fact, Bush's best stretch of snaps after the fumble was when Bell limped off the field with an apparent ankle injury. In addition to Bush's fumbles and lack of efficient on his touches, he also nearly created an interception. In the red zone, Stafford targeted Bush on a slant route from the slot, Bush let the defensive back cut off his path and get a clear look at an interception. Luckily the pass was dropped, but Bush's lack of fight for the pass was a disappointment. The best chance Bush had to get into the open field was on a swing pass with no defender in sight, where Stafford overthrew him. Bush also slipped down without contact on multiple occasions as the Pittsburgh turf was quite worn throughout the game. Bush will have better games, especially in the comfortable confines of the Lions home dome.
2013 Week 12 vs TB (15 / 83 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)
After a sluggish game in the elements last week, Bush was back in his comfort zone in the home dome. While he was agile and showed good burst, the gaping holes and open field were not there against a determined Tampa Bay front seven. It was tough sledding on interior running plays outside of the occasion solid gain if a cutback lane presented itself. Off-tackle was where Bush made his gains, with a 15-yard gain in the first half and blowing past a run blitz for 39 yards later in the game. On his lone red zone carry, Bush was stuffed at the line of scrimmage. At times patience for his blocks eluded Bush, but in general there were few holes created by the offensive line. Unlike in previous games, Bush was not actively used as a slot receiver or on routes other than in the flat. On his lone screen pass from the slot, Bush dropped the target. From volume and his two big gains, Bush had a good statistic line against Tampa Bay, but overall struggled to be the typical sustaining element to the Detroit offense.
2013 Week 13 vs GB (20 / 117 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 65 / 0 rec)
Bush was in his element, back on the home indoor turf and against a beatable opponent in Green Bay. His slashing style was on display early, finding cutback lanes with regularity. His only blemish was a red zone fumble that was a centerpiece to Detroit's struggles early to convert sustained drives into points. Bush also made a great play as a split-out receiver, executing a double-move before a big gain down the field. In addition to converting a goal line carry, Bush was tackled at the one-yard-line after bursting through the line of scrimmage on short-yardage. A multiple touchdown game was in the cards for Bush this week. In the second half, the passing game and Joique Bell replaced Bush as the efficient cogs on offense. Bush ripped off two impressive runs, but was general held in check over the final 30 minutes. The fumbling remains an issue, but Bush's ability to pile up yardage as the main weapon on offense was on display against Green Bay.
2013 Week 15 vs BAL (17 / 86 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
After the pre-game scratch last week in Philadelphia, Bush was back to his old self on the fast track in Detroit. Baltimore made their share of stops against Bush in the run game, but Bush still found the open field on a handful of attempts. Bush's burst was evident when he reached the second level, exemplified on his red zone touchdown run to stake Detroit to an early lead. Bush did his best against six-man defensive fronts as he lowered his shoulder against the solitary unblocked defender on multiple occasions a few yards downfield. His vision to see cutback lanes was evident. In the passing game, Stafford overthrew Bush over the middle on one occasion and a pass behind him led to a tipped pass interception on another. Bush eclipsed 100 total yards for the eighth time this season in 12 starts. Additionally, Bush is on pace to join Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte, and LeSean McCoy as running backs to rush for 1,000 yards and gain 500 yards receiving this season.
2013 Week 16 vs NYG (12 / 34 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
It was a forgettable game against the Giants for Reggie Bush. He struggled to find running room on the interior early in the game and he did not break a tackle on the ground. To top it off, Bush had the ball punched out for a first half fumble. Joique Bell played well and eventually overtook Bush for the majority of touches in the second half. Bush totaled just 44 yards and outside of accelerating for a first down on an outlet reception, did not make a positive impact this week.
2013 Week 17 vs MIN (14 / 32 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 33 / 1 rec)
It was tough sledding for Bush on the interior. Minnesota's defensive front was active and penetrated into the backfield with regularity. Outside of a couple solid gains of near 10 yards when a huge hole opened up, Bush was bottled up on the ground. Bush was active in the passing game, but was tackled without much chance to run after the catch. The lone exception was a red zone target with Bush split out as a receiver. He cut into the middle of the field, broke a tackle, and bolted the final 15 yards for the touchdown. The score salvaged a decent game where Bush barely eclipsed 60 total yards on 19 touches. In the second quarter Bush winced as his gingerly held his shoulder going to the sideline. He was back into the game later in the quarter.
2012 Week 1 vs HOU (14 / 69 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec)
Bush ran well in the first half for the Dolphins before the game got out of hand on the scoreboard. He was able to make quick cuts in the backfield and find the hole in front of him very well. His best run came on a draw play where he ran off-guard to the left. While he only gained five yards, the run showed that Bush is no longer just a speed back and has the balance and power to run between the tackles and gain yardage after first contact. The Dolphins were happy to give Bush the ball on successive touches throughout the game and he rewarded their faith by having his biggest plays happen when he had been fed the ball for a down or two prior. Bush also had 4 receptions on the day as quarterback Ryan Tannehill did an excellent job getting him the ball on the run and in space. Bush is able to get to top-speed quickly in the open field. Bush did have a fumble at the line of scrimmage but it was recovered by Miami.
2012 Week 2 vs OAK (26 / 172 / 2 rush, 4 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Bush started off the game strong, with four big runs, shredding the Raider defense, and driving forward for positive yardage. The drive resulted in a touchdown. However, for the remainder of the first half, Bush tiptoed, danced, and seemed to be looking for the big play. The running style in much of the first half reminded me of the way he ran at times in New Orleans. Perhaps Bush felt he needed to take it on himself to get the offense going. Interestingly, Lamar Miller came on in the 2nd quarter, and made some impressive plays. But when the second half started, Bush took over the game. You've no doubt seen the highlight of Bush's two touchdown runs. On the first run, he bounced off three defenders, refused to go down, caught his balance and walked into the endzone. Then on the very next drive, he ran towards the left sideline, cut upfield and ran straight down the left sideline for a 65 yard gain. But the important thing in the second half, is that Bush started attacking the holes and taking what the play gave him. Instead of dancing, he returned to the style that gave him so much success this year. The Dolphins for their part, didn't give up on the running game, and stuck with it. They were rewarded with a victory, and Bush had a monster day. If he keeps running like this, he could very easily finish as a top 3-5 RB. He's running that good right now. Also of note is the fact that Bush converted a number of short yardage situations in this game. It doesn't appear as if Miller or Thomas will be coming on to snatch goalline TD's from Bush.
2012 Week 3 vs NYJ (10 / 61 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
With 23 second remaining in the first half, Bush rushed up the middle and was tackled. Bush rolled over once before being tended to by the medical staff. Bush limped off the field with an apparent knee injury and did not return to the game. Bush was seen on the sidelines riding a stationary bike and working out with the training staff. Bush was able to walk under his own power, so we can only hope this injury isn't serious. Prior to leaving the game, Bush demonstrated the same vision and elusiveness that we saw last week. Bush showed patience, often waiting for his blocks to develop and allowing cut back lanes to open. Instead of dancing through holes, Bush attacked those holes with determination. That determination was demonstrated during the Dolphins' first drive. Bush took four carries for 31 yards, but yielded the goal line carry to Daniel Thomas. When healthy, Bush has the makings of a Top 5 running back option.
2012 Week 4 vs ARI (17 / 67 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It wasn't Reggie Bush's injury that limited his effectiveness in this game, as the Arizona Cardinals set out to take him out of the game. Bush showed excellent patience waiting for his offensive line to create holes for him, but those holes often didn't come. He was repeatedly hit at the line of scrimmage and a few times was chased around in the backfield for a big loss. His line gave him a few opportunities and Bush showed a good burst to gain yardage. When his blocking did send him into the secondary, Bush was a very positive runner gaining good yardage and not hesitating in space.
2012 Week 5 vs CIN (19 / 48 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Still working his way back from a knee injury two weeks ago, Bush had his moments on Sunday. Miami does a nice job trying to work outside the tackles with stretch runs for Bush, the best (and longest run of the day) of which resulted in a 13-yard TD run in the 3rd quarter. Running left, Bush patiently waited for the hole to open up before planting and exploding up field. Cincinnati wasn't able to get a hand on him until he was crashing into the end zone. Ultimately though, the running game struggled to get too much going for the majority of the day. For those concerned about Bush's knee, he dispelled those with some pretty stop cuts, one of which left unblocked blitzing safety Jeromy Miles grasping at air. Bush did have his fair share of zero gain and negative plays (six to be exact), but those tend to come with the territory of consistently working outside the tackles. Miami promised to get Bush more involved in the passing game, but only three targets (two officially as one was wiped out by a defensive holding penalty) would suggest otherwise. Bush's longest reception came on an arrow route out of the backfield for 21 yards and Miami went back to the play late, drawing a penalty and a first down the 2nd time.
2012 Week 6 vs STL (12 / 17 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)
Bush had his moments looking like an explosive playmaker, but they were few and far between. For a majority of the day, Bush was stuffed on interior running plays and hemmed in by the Rams defense when on the perimeter. He reversed his field, taking a big loss instead of lowering his shoulder for a minimal gain on one occasion. Plays like that were reminiscent of the pre-2011 Reggie Bush that was more of a satellite weapon than featured back. In the passing game, Bush was active and far more productive than on ground, but still left plays on the field. When split out wide, Bush was targeted on a screen pass, but dropped the pass on third down, an absolute drive killer. His fantasy day was nearly saved when he had a head of steam on a middle screen heading towards the goal line. Bush was brought down just short of the goal line and ended his best chance to get in the end zone. Lamar Miller was minimally involved and Bush remains the clear lead back after being contained against the underrated St. Louis defense.
2012 Week 8 vs NYJ (14 / 59 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
After spending the week jarring with the Jets, Bush and his backfield mates had the last laugh. Given the windy and rainy conditions at Metlife Stadium, the Dolphins wanted to establish the run early on. During his team's opening drive, Bush took his second carry up the middle, quickly found the cutback lane to his left, and accelerated for 19 yards. At the end of the run, Bush delivered a hellacious stiff arm to Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie retaliated and was rewarded with a 15-yard penalty. Outside of this run, the Jets kept Bush in check. Most of Bush's runs went for four or five yards, but give the Jets credit, they didn't allow him to get into the open field. On most of his runs, Bush refused to be taken down by the first tackler and ran his legs for additional yardage. Given the nature of this game, the Dolphins opted for the rugged, bruising running style of Daniel Thomas rather than Bush's slashing style. Bush's only mistake occurred during his team's ninth drive. With the Dolphins holding a 27-3 advantage, Bush lazily fumbled on a stretch play to the right. This was his first fumble of the season.
2012 Week 9 vs IND (10 / 41 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Bush led the Dolphins' backfield in touches with twelve. It seems that Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin is interested in placing Bush in a timeshare, judging by the number of touches second-year halfback Daniel Thomas received. Carrying ten times for forty-one yards, Bush proved elusive when he received the ball, even on one and two-yard runs. Bush's eighteen-yard touchdown run was an incredible amalgamation of agility, field vision, and footwork, as he weaved through multiple Indianapolis defenders. Seeing an opening past three Colts, Bush cut left, then right, scampering into the end zone to put the Dolphins up by seven midway through the second quarter. Bush added two catches for twenty-five yards, including a nineteen yard catch-and-run. He continues to be one of the NFL's most dangerous men with the ball in space. The workload split with Daniel Thomas is a bit concerning, but Bush seemed to have no issues igniting the Miami offense with fewer-than-optimal touches.
2012 Week 10 vs TEN (4 / 21 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
It was a day to forget for Bush on Sunday, after logging four carries on the first two drives, he coughed up the ball, leading to a Titan touchdown and was subsequently benched for the rest of the first half. He did return in the second half to log one carry, but dropped a short pass early in the fourth, and didn't see the field again. Coach Joe Philbin was sending a clear message to Bush, as he has struggled to regain his early season form after fighting through a knee injury. Set to hit free agency after the season, Bush was setting up for a nice payday before the nagging injuries hit. After seeing fewer snaps than backup Daniel Thomas last week, might the coaching staff be revealing a sign of things to come for the rest of the season as the Dolphins prepare to let him walk in 2013?
2012 Week 11 vs BUF (10 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
After a lackluster performance the week prior, Reggie Bush looked to the right the ship against the porous Bills' defense. The ship never made it out of the harbor, however, as Bush was held in check, averaging two yards a carry on the night (1.0 without his long of 11 yards). Not able to operate in the much-needed space, Bush really struggled to get anything going. Trying to get outside on his second run, Bush was tripped up four yards behind the line of scrimmage by Mario Williams. Bush finally found some space on a swing pass, picking up 14 yards, but did nothing else in the passing game (sans a one yard catch later in the game). Even Bush's long of 11 yards showed some disparaging signs, as he worked through a gaping hole, but lacked any explosiveness once he reached the 2nd level. Bush appeared more concerned with protecting his knee than picking up extra yardage, jumping up into the tackler instead of attacking the contact. The offense as a whole really struggled, especially considering the defense it faced on Thursday night and Bush was no exception, who at times appeared to still be thinking about that previously injured knee.
2012 Week 12 vs SEA (14 / 87 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / -5 / 0 rec)
Fantasy owners dread the concept of running-back-by-committee, but that seemed to suit Reggie Bush just fine against a Seahawks run defense ranked twelfth in the league in yards allowed per game. Carrying fourteen times, Bush dropped eighty-seven yards on the ground against the Seahawks. His twenty-one yard touchdown scamper was an amalgamation of tackle breaking and wiggle as Bush cut multiple times to avoid Seattle defenders and find the end zone. Surely down at the Seattle three-yard line, Bush refused to give up, churning his legs until he broke the plane and put the Dolphins up by seven in the second quarter. Bush also showcased his legendary field vision on a fourth-quarter run in which he read the outside linebacker perfectly and bounced to the outside for a twenty-two yard gain. The Dolphins, while limiting Bush's touches on the ground, tried to get him going through the air, but were not as successful. Bush totaled one catch for negative yardage on three targets. Still, coming off a disappointing Thursday night performance against the Bills, splitting carries with second-year halfback Daniel Thomas seemed to agree with Bush, as he generated nearly seven yards per carry on the ground.
2012 Week 13 vs NE (15 / 64 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush was effective in the run game, but this game marked just the second time this year without a reception on only one target in the pass game. Bush was the clear lead back over Daniel Thomas and ran hard between the tackles. He showed the effort to move the pile when there was little space and, of course, was not shy about bouncing the play to the outside when there were yards to be gained. His 15 carries marked the most since Week 5 as Miami was always within reach against New England. His lone target was a big missed opportunity. Bush got separation early in a slant route and Tannehill plain missed Bush on the third down play. Most of Bush's production came early in the game as Thomas was incorporated more as the game progressed as the power to Bush's lightning. While the 49ers loom as a stingy matchup next week, the Jaguars and Bills coming to Miami in Weeks 15 and 16 make Bush an intriguing RB2 play in the fantasy playoffs.
2012 Week 14 vs SF (14 / 65 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)
The first and second half revealed two different sides of Reggie Bush. In the first, Bush looked tentative, unsure of which cut to make or which hole to hit. This indecision led to wasted holes as the San Francisco defense was able to collapse the tunnel. Often Bush tried to stutter step his way through the middle of the defense, feinting one way and then the other until the defense converged. Even his most successful run could have been a lot longer, as Miami called a draw play and San Francisco had sold out on the pass. With a large hole, Bush would stutter step then run, stutter step then run. He had enough space to gain a good amount of yardage, but if he had sprinted and one-cut, he could have broken off a long gain. Not until the second half did Bush finally just run as hard and fast as he could at holes. On a draw play in the second half, Bush cut past a tackler at the line and sprinted through the space in the middle. No longer dancing, he was able to gain 17 yards. When the Dolphins were able to block a hole, Bush lowered his shoulder and hit the hole, gaining what he could. He also played a large role in the passing game as a safety valve for Tannehill when the receivers were unable to gain separation (which was most of the game). Bush showed great hands adjusting to balls both low and behind him while also showing more speed and determination when running in space, successfully executing cut-then-sprints on screen passes and dump offs.
2012 Week 15 vs JAX (21 / 104 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush was back to being the bell cow for Miami, getting 20+ carries for the first time since Week 2. He looked like a back running for a new contract in the offseason. His cuts were defined and he did not shy away from contact between the tackles. The offensive line was a major contributor to his final statistics as they paved his way with frequent big holes at the point of attack. Despite a 53-yard run in the second half, more runs were there for the taking to give Bush an even bigger day. For example, on one occasion Bush had a clear running lane on an outside run to cut inside. It was close to five yards wide if he had chosen to run to daylight. Instead, Bush continued to bounce the play outside, which ended at the sidelines for a loss of yardage. Bush's successful runs came inside in this game, not when he reverted to his pre-2011 ways of thinking he can run around the corner on every defender.
2012 Week 16 vs BUF (19 / 65 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 42 / 2 rec)
Leading the team in carries with 19, but only at 3.4 yards a carry; Bush did most of his damage in the passing game, leading the team in all receiving categories. After picking up 14 yards on his catch, Bush turned his next short toss into a TD. Tannehill faked the hand off to Bush and he slipped untouched and uncovered into the flat. Tannehill dumped it off and Bush promptly cut up field. What has become a staple of his, Bush went airborne as soon as he set foot inside the five-yard line, extending to the pylon for the TD. It looked as if Bush actually stepped out as he left his feet, but replay officials upheld the call on the field. Later, Bush and Tannehill connected again through the air for a TD. Again coming out of the backfield, Bush ran right past lead footed Nick Barnett on the wheel route. The pass was perfectly thrown, as Bush was able to run under throw, complete the catch and immediately sit to ensure the TD. While Bush's numbers weren't as flashy as Miller's, he stilled show some tremendous cuts and shiftiness. On his first of two 10-yard runs, Bush slipped through the line before using a jump cut at the 2nd level to pick up five more yards. Like Miller, Bush's longest run (he had two of them) came on the read option. With plenty of space in the middle, Bush easily burst through the hole but was unable to beat the only man between he and the end zone (DB George Wilson).
2012 Week 17 vs NE (8 / 26 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
With just 10 touches against New England, Bush logged his lowest yardage total since Week 11. Miami trailed from the first quarter on, which limited the rushing attempts. In addition, Lamar Miller has been seeing more time on the field recently. Bush's biggest play of the day came on the final play of the game, a meaningless rushing attempt that gained 20 yards. Outside of that play, Bush struggled to less than 10 yards on the ground. In addition to the low yardage, Bush coughed up a fumble in the red zone on Miami's most promising drive of the game. Before Bush even got to the line of scrimmage, the ball was on the ground. In the passing game, Bush's two best targets had potential for big gains and the possibility of a touchdown. On one pass, the linebacker tipped the ball as Bush ran a route down the seam of the defense. On the other, Tannehill overthrew Bush, who came wide open down the field on third down. Bush nearly matched his production from a season ago in 2012 with 262 touches and eight total touchdowns. With free agency looming for Bush in his late 20s this offseason, the Miami backfield and Bush's final destination is one to watch in 2013.
2011 Week 1 vs NE (11 / 38 / 0 rush, 10 / 9 / 56 / 1 rec)
Reggie Bush- He tried really hard to be an RB1 tonight. His 1st carry was terrific as Richie Ingonito cleared the way with a great block and Lex Hilliard the FB also had a major block along the way which sprung Reggie for a nice gain. Bush did everything the Dolphins asked him to and while his numbers were not nuclear he was solid overall and added in a late touchdown to likely push him into the top 10 this week. The disappointing part of the night was that Reggie cannot punch the ball in when the Phins got inside the red zone. They really didn't even try so don't look for a lot of touchdowns this year unless Reggie can break them from beyond the 10 or 20 yard line. Most owners should feel pretty good about his performance.
2011 Week 2 vs HOU (6 / 18 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
After being largely ineffective in his first three touches, Reggie Bush was pulled from the game in what was called a coach's decision. Bush would later be brought back in the second half but received few touches, in part due to the consistent gains of Daniel Thomas. Bush was used most frequently as a traditional running back, as opposed to being split out wide as a receiver like he did on the Saints.
2011 Week 3 vs CLE (10 / 13 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
1st carry of the game you are liking what you see as he has Richie Incognito and Vernon Carey both pulling right in front of him but you notice right away that Bush was running towards the right sideline and then cut it up whereas he probably should have been on the hip of his LG Incognito the whole way and he likely could have gotten even more than 7 yards on the play. The theme keeps playing in Reggie's career as he seems to run East West meaning to the sidelines instead of moving North South towards the end zone. He caught his only pass of the day in the 1st quarter coming out of the backfield and showed some nifty moves getting Miami from a 1st and 15 to a very manageable 2nd and 3. Later on that drive as Miami was driving he fumbled the football and that more than anything is going to keep him out of football games. He was running hard on the play but Bush simply is not built to run the ball a lot and is best suited in the slot catching a lot of balls in open space with a few carries mixed in. Miami doesn't use him like that and has tried to make him a conventional running back and that simply is not going to work. Even when the coaches let him try to redeem himself he fumbles the 1st carry on a 1st and 10 after Cleveland had just made it 7-7, absolutely kills all momentum and puts Miami in a 2nd and long as he did manage to recover his own fumble but no one hit him, he simply fumbled it after the hand off. This was a terrible game for Bush.
2011 Week 4 vs SD (13 / 50 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Bush wasn't actually that bad. He ran tough through the middle, but never had a lot of holes. I thought he really tried to avoid dancing too much, except for one play where he was met immediately, tried to turn left, then right, and finally took a 5 yard loss. The problem with Reggie is that at times he views a stuffed play as a bad thing and can take a 1 yard loss and turn it into a 5 or 6 yard loss, which can instantly kill a drive. Bush also wasn't use much as a receiver, which seems odd. He had 2 receptions, but the overall usage of Bush just seems out of whack. Sparano was so creative with his players when he first got to Miami, and it's odd to see the ultra-conservative use of Bush and this offense now that he has some actual talent on offense.
2011 Week 6 vs NYJ (10 / 71 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Early on the Dolphins showed they'd been studying tape by sending Bush on runs to the edge, where the Jets are often vulnerable to big runs (for further evidence watch most of Oakland running back Darren McFadden's performance a few weeks back against the same Jets team). Bush was able to use his speed to get to the corner and turn upfield. He did this on the very first Miami play of the game, where he dashed to the right corner and sped past defenders for a 36 yard gain. The Dolphins occasionally sent Bush between the tackles but that's not his specialty and he saw very little success there. He also had a fumble which luckily for him went out of bounds. Overall, Bush was on his way to a very nice day before leaving mid-third quarter after a Sione Pouha hit which injured his neck. It remains to be seen if this injury will be a lingering one.
2011 Week 7 vs DEN (10 / 42 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
He had some very nice runs and more than once you would have thought it was Daniel Thomas the way he was running and breaking tackles but int he end the Miami Dolphins are clueless on how to use this guy. His stat line includes 2 very short receptions for less than 5 yards. This should be unacceptable and how Brian Dabol the Offensive Coordinator for the Phins still has a job is unimaginable. it's as unimaginable as this offense and what the game plan is to involve Reggie bush each and every week. Bush did a good job with his carries but he needs to be put into the slot sometimes and given a lot more touches receiving.
2011 Week 8 vs NYG (15 / 103 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)
Reggie Bush took advantage of a Giants run defense that is not playing well right now. The Giants were not respecting the Dolphins running game and Bush was able to break many runs through holes that were created by a defense playing the pass too much. Bush has always only been a successful runner when he is in space and the Giants rushed upfield too often which gave Bush some room to work with. Bush sprinted down the field and ran through some poor tackling by the NYG to set up an easy touchdown for his teammate. The Giants were willing to give up some running lanes to try and play the pass, which is well known to be their weakness. Bush made them pay however and got into the second level of a defense on many occasions. He is fast and elusive and made several big gains up the middle but only when there was a huge hole. Bush was taken down early on many other plays and made almost no impact in the passing game.
2011 Week 9 vs KC (13 / 92 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)
Had a 38 yard run called back on the 1st drive of the game for Miami. When you factor that in to the huge chunks of yards he racked up Bush could have had an even bigger day. Had an 18 yard reception off a bubble screen that ended up just short of a touchdown, that could have been more points for him again. He cashed in on a big TD run which started as an end around to the right and that is how you use Reggie Bush effectively. Had a huge catch on a 3rd and 5 running a wheel route beating Sabby Piscatelli up the right sideline extending the drive and setting up Marshall for a TD on the same drive. You get him the ball 12-15 times which Miami did and try to work him into space instead of running him up the middle. Miami was like a different team this week and had an excellent game plan to put Bush in space all day long. Bush could have had at least another touchdown and probably 40-60 more yards if he had not had plays called back on silly penalties. Things might change some when Thomas gets healthy but they shouldn't. Bush did everything Miami asked him to do and he took advantage of a soft KC defense that could not tackle him.
2011 Week 10 vs WAS (14 / 47 / 2 rush, 5 / 4 / 4 / 0 rec)
The Miami Dolphins coaching staff still has not learned that running Reggie Bush up the middle is going to shorten his time on the field but again this week they knew when to dial him up and also how to find some space for him. His 1st touchdown was a nice little bounce to the outside left as Jake Long sealed the line and he went untouched and was almost invited by the Skins defense to take that path to the end zone. His 2nd touchdown came late in the game on a play that was similar to the one he streaked into the end zone last week against the Chiefs and also Washington did a terrible job of tackling on the play as it looked like Bush would be stopped around the 10 yard line but then he kept going all the way into the end zone. Bush was not too involved in the passing game despite the 4 reception he went nowhere on the catches. Bush was used early in the game and then when it was time to pound and run the clock the Phins played Daniel Thomas more. Reggie whiffed pretty good on some pass protection which is something to think about going forward as Miami will face stiffer competition.
2011 Week 11 vs BUF (15 / 32 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)
Bush got the start at running back again this week and was mostly kept in check by the Bills front seven. He finished with 15 rush attempts - his highest total of the season - but only averaged 2.1 yards per carry. In his favor, he was able to reach the end zone on a 5-yard run to give him 4 touchdowns in his last 3 games. Although shut down as a runner, Bush once again made an impact in the passing game with 34 yards on 4 catches. He's clearly a focal point of the Dolphins offense right now and is benefiting from a more efficient passing game.
2011 Week 12 vs DAL (16 / 61 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
Reggie Bush continues to perform well as a heavily utilized running back for the Dolphins. He is still bouncing many of his runs to the outside after first contact (as opposed to barreling upfield) but the results are hard to disagree with. His best run came on a 14 yard scamper wherein he looked to take the ball off-guard to the left but broke to the outside for a large gain. Bush's break away speed is not evident in inside runs but he certainly shows good quickness once he gets to the open field. Bush also had two short receptions on screen passes and a nice 34 yard gain on a swing pass. The Dolphins like to give Bush the ball a lot early in the game before working Daniel Thomas in relief. While Bush is running with more power up the middle than at any other point in his career, the reduction in breakaway speed is evident on most running plays. Bush's trademark speed doesn't become evident until he has the ball on the run in the open field, most often off of a reception.
2011 Week 13 vs OAK (22 / 100 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Beautiful 1st run on a student body right as he slid right off a tackler and bolted up the sideline for close to 12 yards. That really set the tone for the offense. On a 1st down later in the 1st quarter Bush took a pitch to the left and then had lineman running a counter back to the right. Bush ran the defense to the left and then cut it back hard to the right on a misdirection counter play that caught Oakland completely off guard. Had an easy TD running behind Jake Long on the left side of the line early in the 2nd half set up by a big kickoff return by Clyde Gates. Bush made the Raiders pay all day and he is having one of his best seasons ever. The Miami OL is opening holes and he is finding room to roam as well as good play calling allowing him to work the sidelines more on sweeps.
2011 Week 14 vs PHI (14 / 103 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 27 / 0 rec)
Bush was limited in he 2st half and Miami got away from what they do well. They really didn't start getting him cranked up until midway thru the 3rd quarter and you wonder if they could have gotten him going earlier in the game if Miami could have had a better outcome. his LT, Jake Long, had to exit the game but Miami finally started dialing him up. He had 2 drives in the 3rd quarter that probably accounted for almost all of his rushing yards and he did manage to get over 100 yards rushing with a lot of 8-10 yard bursts along the way. Reggie managed to rack up enough yards and receptions to please most owners but it felt like he could have had a lot more if Miami had utilized him a lot better.
2011 Week 15 vs BUF (25 / 203 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Bush came to Miami with the goal of proving that he can be a feature back in the NFL. He has played well for much of the year but likely removed any remaining doubt on Sunday with a dominant effort against the Bills. Bush helped set the tone for the game in the first half when he averaged 5.4 yards per carry on 15 rush attempts, with many of them coming between the tackles. He helped put the game away in the second half, however, when he broke through the Bills defense and sprinted for a 76-yard touchdown run. For a player who normally does most of his damage in the passing game and out on the perimeter, Bush showed great willingness to pick up the hard yards between the tackles while still showing the speed and elusiveness that makes him a big play threat on nearly every snap.
2011 Week 16 vs NE (22 / 113 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Keeps adding to what is likely his best season ever in the NFL. He has now rushed for over 1,000 yards on the season and had another 100 yard rushing performance. He might very well be the RB2 of the 2nd half of the season meaning if you had Reggie on your roster you have gotten a lot of production out of him. He continued to show great burst and also some vision like when things were bottled up inside and he bounces the run to the outside; that is beautiful football. This was the 4th game in a row where Reggie Bush ran for at least 100 yards on the ground. He looks like an entirely different RB and the fears of his running up the middle are still there but he does it a lot better now. He trusts his OL and he is acting on instinct now vs trying to dance behind the OL and thinking too much. he had a sensational leap over a defender running towards the left sideline in the 2nd quarter. It also seems like their is room for improvement as Bush could certainly catch a few more passes during the game but Miami has turned him into a feature RB wanting him to carry the football 15-20 times a game as of late. Bush even tried to throw a halfback pass but he threw up a wild duck to Matt Moore across the field however it did draw a PI flag from the referees. Reggie hobbled off late in the game, hopefully it's not too bad.
2010 Week 1 vs MIN (2 / 14 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)
Heisman or no Heisman, Reggie Bush was heavily involved in the New Orleans passing attack in the first half and looked to be Brees go to guy when things broke down. He only saw 2 carries for 14 yards, but his value was clearly apparent in this somewhat "Jekyll and Hyde" type game plan. When the Saints went to a grind-it-out style in the 2nd half, Bush took to the sidelines in favor of his running mate, Pierre Thomas. Look for Bush to be an integral part of this offense in passing situations going forward however.
2010 Week 2 vs SF (5 / 4 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 30 / 1 rec)
Bush was on his way to another good multifaceted game before suffering a nasty looking leg injury on a muffed punt return. Before the being carted off Bush had touched the ball 9 times but was doing the majority of his damage on screen routes. He ran a very crisp route with a sharp cut beating Patrick Willis for a TD catch on the Saints opening drive. Bush later suffered the aforementioned injury and he needed to be helped off of the field by the team's training staff after failing to do so under his own power. No word directly after the game on the severity of injury, but it looks like an injury that will cause Bush to miss time.
2010 Week 12 vs DAL (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Bush returned to action in this game, but was clearly still very rusty from his time off. On his first target, Brees threw a pass to him in the flat, but Bush wasn't read for it and the pass bounced off of his helmet. His only carry for the game was a one yard off tackle run and his one reception was a short 12 yard catch and run two plays later. Bush also missed another reception mid-way through the third quarter when he fell down while running his route and the couldn't recover before the ball got there. Bush could have had a TD reception on the play, and if he had been 100%, he probably would have scored. Bush's final action in the game was a punt return in the third quarter where Bush had the ball stripped away from him and the Cowboys were able to recover and pull the game to within 3 points.
2010 Week 13 vs CIN (5 / 26 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush was actually the starter and had a nice run outside to open the game, but he is still being used sparingly, even in the passing game. He didn't get his normal goal line looks or numerous quick targets in space to use his open-field running ability. His role might grow a bit, but it will be limited by the emergence of Chris Ivory and eventual return of Pierre Thomas. He is droppable in all but deep PPR leagues.
2010 Week 14 vs STL (9 / 39 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 22 / 0 rec)
Bush saw the majority of his work due to the injury to Chris Ivory and didn't disappoint, rushing for a 4.3 yards-per-carry average and adding five receptions for 22 yards through the air. It's unclear how long -- if at all -- Ivory will be out (although it's rumored not to be very serious), but if he is then Bush obviously makes a very intriguing play heading into the last few weeks of the fantasy football season -- especially in PPR leagues. If he's on your league waiver wire or you think you can get him at a discount then you should definitely keep abreast of the updates going forward, since a healthy Reggie Bush is just too talented not to play.
2010 Week 15 vs BAL (4 / -4 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 36 / 0 rec)
Bush resumes his role as a main outlet on the two-minute drill, with four catches on the scoring drive to end the first half. Otherwise, he was bottled up on his screen pass targets and carries and had little effect on the outcome of the game. Bush doesn't seem as explosive as he was before his broken fibula and only has marginal value in PPR leagues.
2010 Week 16 vs ATL (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
Bush was largely an afterthought in week 16 from an offensive standpoint. His number was called just once out of the backfield for no yards and he caught 4 screen passes for 20 yards. Bush didn't find room to show his typical burst this week. He looked to tweak something early on and was used sparingly throughout.
2010 Week 17 vs TB (9 / 70 / 0 rush, 9 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)
With Pierre Thomas out again, and Chris Ivory leaving early with an injury, Bush carried the load at running back and had a pretty successful day, looking healthier than he has in some time. One of the runs which best exemplified what the Saints hope to see from Bush in the playoffs was a 23 yard gain late in the third quarter. On that play, Bush hit the hole hard and made a nice cut right, then accelerated into open space. he even ended the run by moving a pile of tacklers the last yard for a first down. On another play at the start of the third quarter, Bush took the ball behind the line and was immediately face to face with no room to run along the left side of the line, then when he cut right, several tampa Bay players were waiting. Bush dodged them, broke through the line and into some open space. he made another nice cut and gained several more yards as well. Bush also split out wide several times. When Brees sees the right matchup (such as at the start of the fourth quarter) he won't hesitate to throw it Bush's way. On the play to start the fourth, Bush lined up on a safety and immediately juked inside, then broke back outside. The safety was slow to follow and Bush kept him away from the sideline as he ran his route. Brees threw a great pass along the sideline and Bush, keeping his body between the Tampa safety and the ball, made a nice catch for a first down.
2010 Week 18 vs SEA (5 / 12 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
In 10 touches, Bush managed to show a brief flash of how good he could be but also some of the reasons why he hasn't completely fulfilled his potential. Two of his catches happened in space, and he was able to turn upfield and gain good chunks of yardage. His other action, however, showed the horizontal dancing style he seems to prefer over the upfield sprinting effectiveness that runners like Jamaal Charles and Chris Johnson have shown. He also left the game early with an injury - another bad attribute that has prevented him from fully breaking out.
2009 Week 1 vs DET (7 / 14 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)
Reggie Bush looked healthy against the Lions. The Saints continue to motion him out of the backfield to force the defense to show their hand and generate mismatches. Bush quickly took advantage of one such man coverage mismatch against a linebacker on a long sideline route for a long gain early in the first quarter. When Bush wasn't in the backfield, the Saints often aligned him behind a WR to keep the Lions from jamming him on the line of scrimmage and threw him quick passes to get him in space. Bush struggled between the tackles as a ballcarrier, however, and wasn't nearly as effective as Mike Bell, who got the bulk of the carries in the second half. Bush also struggled as a punt returner, fumbling twice while returning punts and losing one.
2009 Week 2 vs PHI (10 / 33 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
Let's clear this up a little. Reggie Bush is a wide receiver pretending to be a running back. Bush had only three carries for the game, all coming in the final quarter. Bush was only given that duty because they did not want to risk Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell was out with a knee injury. The rest of Bush's production all came in the passing game as Bush snagged targets from Drew Brees either in the flat or for short yardage with some room to use his speed. Bush's value is much higher in PPR leagues as the expectation has to be either Pierre Thomas or Mike Bell to take back the rushing workload starting next week.
2009 Week 3 vs BUF (13 / 64 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
The combination of Brees' off-day and the fact that Bush was used as the primary back in the first half meant that his receiving stats are unusually low. He was productive as a runner, averaging almost five yards per carry, and actually put up his two longest rushes (14 and 17 yards) late in the game when Pierre Thomas was getting most of the touches. He looked solid running up the middle, but the playcalling - and the Bill's pressure on Brees - kept him from getting the ball in open space.
2009 Week 4 vs NYJ (6 / 37 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 7 / 0 rec)
Reggie Bush started the game for the Saints and had 6 carries for 37 yards to go with 3 receptions for 7 yards. Bush accounted for 22 yards on the Saints first scoring drive and found a little bit of open space on a rush around the end (11 yard gain) in the 2nd quarter. Otherwise, Bush's carries were limited to short gains of 3 and 4 yards. Bush also had a lost fumble but remained in the gameplan. As the Saints' first drive showed, Bush can still be an effective weapon as both a rusher and a receiver but Sunday was another example of his inconsistent use of his ample speed. On multiple carries, Bush looked like he was one good step away from daylight only to be gobbled up by the defense for a short gain.
2009 Week 6 vs NYG (6 / 17 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Bush was really not needed in this rout. He had one short catch and another short target that was poorly thrown, and he also had a few decent gains on outside carries. Bush also converted a short yardage carry and took a red zone carry to the pylon to salvage his fantasy day. He is clearly just a luxury item in this offense, not an integral part of the game plan.
2009 Week 7 vs MIA (3 / 10 / 1 rush, 6 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Bush wasn't used much except in the red zone. He was well-covered on his few targets in the regular offense, but he was able to find room to run on a double reverse in the red zone that he punctuated by soaring over the pylon even though he took off from around the five-yard line. Bush also had a couple of receptions in the red zone, but seems to be a novelty player for this team right now.
2009 Week 8 vs ATL (2 / 3 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Bush scored easily on a pitch at the goal line after a fake that the defense bit on, but otherwise, he had little effect on this game. He is a novelty player and he will continue to be on the margins of this offense unless injuries strike.
2009 Week 9 vs CAR (2 / 16 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 37 / 0 rec)
With Lance Moore out of action in week 9, Bush was more involved in the Saints passing attack than he has been all season. Bush looked explosive and ran with surprising power on all of his touches. He appears to have found a new level of determination as this power and speed combo has not always been on display this season. He continues to be a limited participant in the Saints ground game, but could be a solid contributor down the stretch in PPR leagues.
2009 Week 10 vs STL (6 / 83 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 1 rec)
Bush was electrifying in week 10 and appears to be gaining strength as the season progresses. He was the Saints most important player in week 10 totaling 98 yards and 2 TD's. It was Bush's first multiple TD game in over a year. He ran with surprising force and power for a player of his stature and made quick decisions at the line of scrimmage. Bush was able to rip off a 55 yard gain due to his quick decision making. Bush was able to do his damage on just 8 touches, and his weekly improvements may force the Saints to give him a bigger chunk of work moving forward.
2009 Week 13 vs WAS (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
Bush was not a big part of the game plan vs. the Redskins. He was upended trying to leap over a tackler, but Bush's knee did seem to be completely healthy when he was making moves in the open field. He was also stuffed on a short yardage attempt as the Redskins shut down the Saints running game all day.
2009 Week 14 vs ATL (6 / 33 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 46 / 2 rec)
Bush had a stretch of games earlier this season where it looked as if he was getting stronger by the week and his production was ticking upward. He was then setback by his gimpy knee and turned in a dud of a showing last week. In week 14 though, Bush was tremendous. He saw plenty of looks and touches in key situations and in the red zone. QB Drew Brees hit Bush twice for TD's; first on an out when he was matched up with LB Mike Peterson and then again on a screen pass in which Bush went untouched (letting his blockers do the dirty work in front of him) from 19 yards out. When healthy he is still a dangerous talent.
2009 Week 15 vs DAL (1 / 29 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Reggie Bush started Week 16 well, getting 46 yards on three combined touches in the first half. He showed good speed and explosiveness in the open field right up until he came up lame on a crossing route in the second quarter and hopped to the sideline and then straight to the bench. Bush did not return to the game after the injury which might have been just cramps, but as a precaution the Saints held him out the rest of the way. It remains to be seen if the leg injury will affect him in Weeks 16 and 17 or even in the postseason.
2009 Week 16 vs TB (2 / 16 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 37 / 0 rec)
Bush had a few of his patented short catch and runs, including one where he made a tackler grasp at air just like he did back at USC, but he was also tackled for a big loss on a screen pass to knock the Saints out of field goal range, and Bush wasn't able to make an impact as a runner after Pierre Thomas was sidelined.
2009 Week 17 vs CAR (5 / 35 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush started at tailback and looked competent and ready to carry the load early on. He showed his classic burst and speed breaking loose for some nice gainers in the 1st half. He was rested for the 2nd half however and finished with just 5 carries for 35 yards on the day.
2009 Week 19 vs ARI (5 / 84 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Even though Bush shared backfield duties with three other players, he simply looked unstoppable each time he touched the ball. Bush played a very physical game, knocking several defenders down as the game went on. In the second quarter, Bush broke free for a long touchdown run, and in the second half, returned a punt for the score that pretty much put the game away.
2009 Week 20 vs MIN (7 / 8 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 33 / 1 rec)
Reggie Bush struggled to run the ball effectively for the Saints against Minnesota, with his best run likely a failed double-reverse where Bush saved a big loss by dancing and weaving his way back to the line of scrimmage to avoid a 10+ yard loss. Bush made up for the poor showing on the ground with a twisting five-yard catch for a touchdown the fourth quarter where he was able to stay in bounds just long enough to get the ball just inside of the pylon for the score on a play that was so close that it required a booth review for the Saints to get credit for the touchdown. Bush was not without fault as he did muff a punt inside his own 20 that the Vikings did recover, but both he and the Saints were fortunate that the Vikings did not convert that possession into any points.
2008 Week 1 vs TB (14 / 51 / 0 rush, 9 / 8 / 112 / 1 rec)
Reggie Bush showed just how valuable he is to the Saints offense, as he finished with over 160 total yards. Of those yards, 51 came on 14 rushes, and 112 came through the air on eight receptions. Bush showed his big play ability on a 42 yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. One observation of Bush is that although he totaled just 51 yards rushing, he looked more decisive and didn't seem to dance as much as he did last year. While it didn't translate to much against Tampa Bay, that could be a positive sign for his rushing abilities as the season goes on.
2008 Week 2 vs WAS (10 / 28 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 63 / 0 rec)
The Washington Redskin defense deserves a ton of credit for keeping Bush in check. Bush was unable to get much going against the pumped up Redskins who stacked the box frequently. Most of his rushing yards came on two draw plays during the final drive right before the half. The Redskins were in a prevent style defense at the time and were happy to give the Saints and Bush small chucks of yards in the run game. Aside from these plays it was a forgettable day on the ground. Bush hauled in seven receptions for 63 yards. Most of the plays were screens, short outs and swing passes that never netted big plays. The highlight of the day for Bush came on a punt return that he took to the house for 55 yards.
2008 Week 3 vs DEN (18 / 73 / 1 rush, 14 / 11 / 75 / 1 rec)
He was all over the place, and all over the stat sheet, though it wasn't all roses. Bush coughed up the ball in the second quarter and Denver ran it in for a TD. Aside from that, he took a hand off 23 yards for one touchdown and a swing pass six yards for the other, and nearly had a two point conversion, but Brees was high with the throw. Bush also had a score called back due to a holding penalty, though he got one of his TDs later on that drive.
2008 Week 4 vs SF (10 / 31 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 7 / 0 rec)
Bush was able to do most of his damage while being paired in the backfield with Deuce McAllister. When the two were on the field together Bush would be used to catch short screens or quick passes in the flat designed to get close to the first down marker. Bush seemed to have trouble running inside among traffic, but was also unable to get outside on runs against the quick line backing corps.
2008 Week 5 vs MIN (12 / 29 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 64 / 0 rec)
Bush was flashy as always, single handedly kept the Saints in the game by returning two punts for touchdowns. He was a force in the passing game as well, catching seven passes for 64 yards. He potentially cost the Saints the game though when he slipped in open field after a series of moves saw him break free to open field during a long reception run. He fumbled the ball twice but one of them legitimately was not his fault.
2008 Week 6 vs OAK (14 / 27 / 1 rush, 6 / 3 / 40 / 1 rec)
Bush continues to be a big play player in this offense and is used as both a runner and a receiver. While he only gained 27 yards on 14 carries, he scored the first New Orleans touchdown on a three yard run in the second quarter. He was more effective as a receiver, as Sean Payton used multiple formations to get advantageous match ups with safeties and linebackers. Bush caught three passes for 40 yards including a 15 yard TD pass and run in the third quarter, but was benched in the fourth quarter with the game out reach.
2008 Week 7 vs CAR (9 / 55 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Bush was off to a decent start in this game, rushing nine times for 55 yards and catching one pass for five yards. He returned three punts with limited success as Carolina managed to keep him in check. On his last return, just before halftime, he didn't pick up much yardage, but he proved to be elusive and slipped a few tackles running back and forth trying to break it for a touchdown. When he went finally went out of bounds he suddenly started limping. Bush had been nursing that same knee during the week due to "swelling and soreness." He suffered the original injury in the opening day win over Tampa Bay and has been dealing with it ever since. He missed the last four games last season with posterior ligament damage in the same knee, but that set back was reportedly unrelated to this current injury.
2008 Week 13 vs TB (3 / 0 / 0 rush, 10 / 5 / 32 / 0 rec)
Reggie Bush returned for the Saints, but had a minimal impact on the game. He had just three rushes for zero yards and finished with five receptions for 32 yards on 11 targets in the passing game.
2008 Week 14 vs ATL (10 / 80 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 26 / 1 rec)
The Saints lined Reggie Bush up in different spots to try and take advantage of mismatches. He was used as a traditional running back during the first half and took a handoff up the middle for 43 yards on a designed draw play on their second offensive series. Two plays later he scored the game's first touchdown by catching a quick slant out of the receiver position. Bush struggled between the tackles and when given the ball on outside runs he would seek out the sidelines if he was going to run into a group of defenders.
2008 Week 15 vs CHI (6 / 30 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Bush looked good early in this game with his normal burst and quickness but, didn't get that many touches as he split carries with RB Pierre Thomas. Bush seemed to have trouble with his footing on the turf at Soldier Field when he tried to break runs to the outside. On one of those outside runs midway through the second quarter, Bush seemed to tweak his injured knee. He sat out the rest of the half. Bush finished the half with 30 yards rushing and 16 yards receiving. Bush returned back to the game in the third quarter but only got one more carry in the game and spent the rest of the game on the sidelines.
2007 Week 1 vs IND (12 / 38 / 0 rush, 8 / 4 / 7 / 0 rec)
Bush had a disappointing first game as only had 45 total yards of offense. He had six carries for 21 yards rushing in the first half. He picked up a nine yard gain on an end around in the first quarter which would be his longest play from scrimmage all game. Bush did get a first down on a seven yard carry on a rare run up the middle that helped set up set up the Saints only offensive points of the game. The tough Colts pass defense held Bush to only two catches for a negative three yards in the first half. Things didn't get much better for Bush in the second half as he was held to 17 yards rushing and ten yards receiving. The Colts speedy defense did a good job of containing Bush and covering him in the open field.
2007 Week 2 vs TB (10 / 27 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 43 / 0 rec)
Bush really could not get much going on the ground, totaling 27 yards on ten carries with a long of just ten yards. He did receive a goal line carry on the play before the Karney touchdown, and was used as a decoy on the ensuing score. His main contribution came in the passing game, with six receptions for 43 yards on eight targets. Bush did have two fumbles in the game, but the Saints were able to recover both of them.
2007 Week 3 vs TEN (7 / 15 / 2 rush, 8 / 6 / 20 / 0 rec)
Bush was well contained by the Titans defense and was limited to one yard or less on five of his seven carries (though two of those carries were one yard TD runs). As usual, he was quite active in the passing game, catching six of eight balls sent his way (he was targeted two other times on plays negated by penalties). Bush's mediocre stat lines are becoming disturbingly common, though the two TD's saved him in this case.
2007 Week 5 vs CAR (21 / 67 / 0 rush, 10 / 9 / 52 / 0 rec)
Bush was heavily involved in the game plan, with 21 carries and nine receptions. Bush saw much of rushing yardage on runs designed to go outside, but he would run out of bounds rather that try to pick up extra yards. Where Bush was most impressive was on runs between the tackles, and he was able to consistently pick up the necessary yards to keep the two long drives alive. Bush did have one reception called back due to an offensive pass interference penalty.
2007 Week 6 vs SEA (19 / 97 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 44 / 0 rec)
Bush had a great game, earning 141 total yards from scrimmage. He was the Saints' workhorse, especially in the first half, where he had the three longest rushes of his career. Bush used his exceptional quickness and speed to get around defender, while he attempts to go through them were generally much less effective. He was the second most targeted Saints player.
2007 Week 7 vs ATL (17 / 54 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 19 / 1 rec)
Bush's biggest contribution came on a screen pass to the outside with five minutes remaining in the game, where he was initially stopped at the two yard line, but fought for the extra yards and spun out for a touchdown. His longest run on the day was for nine yards, as he averaged just 3.2 yards per carry against the Falcons defense.
2007 Week 8 vs SF (10 / 64 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 49 / 0 rec)
Bush went over 100 combined yards, but left the game in the third quarter with what appeared to be a rib injury. The game was well in hand when he was sidelined, so it's hard to say whether the injury was serious or if the Saints were just playing it safe by resting their star.
2007 Week 9 vs JAX (17 / 72 / 1 rush, 9 / 7 / 43 / 1 rec)
Bush played with great determination, taking on defenders routinely instead of trying to run around them when he carried the ball. When he caught the ball in the passing game, he showed more of an inclination to attempt to use his speed, with moderate success. He was in the game for the majority of the Saints' red zone possessions, and scored touchdowns rushing and receiving. Bush gave a very focused and strong effort throughout the game.
2007 Week 10 vs STL (7 / 17 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 27 / 0 rec)
Outside of the seven yard touchdown run for RB Reggie Bush, he was ineffective on the ground. He nearly had another rushing touchdown late in the game but was forced out of bounds at the one yard line when he was handed the ball in the middle but opted to run outside. Bush was involved in pass protection for the Saints in the absence of RB Deuce McAllister but was run over again and again by the St. Louis defenders. In the fourth quarter, Bush was shaken up after being hit on a receiving play in which he may have also fumbled but he was ruled down. He returned to his feet and jogged off the sideline. Bush also ran in two two-point conversations. He was useful in the passing game for the Saints, but running out from the backfield proved to be a challenge for the second year back.
2007 Week 11 vs HOU (15 / 34 / 0 rush, 16 / 12 / 70 / 0 rec)
Bush played with great determination, taking on defenders routinely instead of trying to run around them when he carried the ball. When he caught the ball in the passing game, he showed more of an inclination to attempt to use his speed, with moderate success, as he was funneled back inside to additional defenders when he attempted to break free on the outside. Although he gave a strong and determined effort on every play, he did not come close to breaking free for any major gains in either the running or passing game.
2007 Week 12 vs CAR (9 / 32 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Bush started the game but he was used sparingly. He only ran the ball nine times for 32 yards. He also caught three passes for 30 yards. Bush had a couple of carries that got close to the goal line but then he was pulled for Stecker. Bush was lined up at wide receiver a few times in the game.
2007 Week 13 vs TB (13 / 64 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
Bush ran well against the Buccaneers, averaging nearly five yards per rush on 13 carries, finishing with 64 yards on the ground. He also added three receptions for 13 yards on seven targets in the passing game. On the negative side, while Bush ran well when he was called on, he received just 13 carries and had a fumble on a questionable handoff / reverse play late in the fourth quarter that Tampa Bay recovered, and their offense later turned into the game winning touchdown. Bush also had another fumble that he was able to recover and seemed to be hobbled by numerous injuries throughout the game.
2006 Week 1 vs CLE (15 / 67 / 0 rush, 10 / 7 / 52 / 0 rec)
Bush had an impressive debut, even though his longest play from scrimmage was just eighteen yards and he did not find the end zone. The Saints found many different ways to get him involved in the game early, as ten of his fourteen carries came in the first half. Bush showed good footwork in hitting the holes, but also showed good aptitude to turn the ball up the field at just the right time. Bush averaged 4.4 yards per carry, 7.3 yards per reception and 7.3 yards per punt return. On his longest run of the day, he broke through the center of the defense and spun his way out of would be tacklers en route to eighteen yards. The presence of Bush caused the Browns' defense to drop an extra linebacker into coverage, limiting their pass rush and giving Bush more time to get open. Utilizing Bush in play action fakes provided multiple other openings in the passing game, and something the Saints will likely continue to utilize in the future. It will be interesting to see how other teams adapt to his presence and if they try to shadow him more closely than the Browns did. While adding a unique dynamic in returning punts, Bush struggled a bit in week one, having the first punt fly over his head, though he picked it up on one bounce and turned it into positive yardage.
2006 Week 2 vs GB (6 / 5 / 0 rush, 9 / 8 / 68 / 0 rec)
Bush was ineffective rushing the ball, gaining just five yards on six carries most of them in the first half. His speed was nullified to the outside as Green Bay's defensive back played closer to the line of scrimmage expecting Bush to get the ball. Bush was much more effective catching the ball, lining up as a receiver often and grabbing an occasional swing pass out of the backfield. He caught more passes than any other Saint with eight receptions for 68 yards.
2006 Week 3 vs ATL (13 / 53 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)
Bush started the game slowly by slipping on the loose turf and losing three yards on his first carry. He was involved in a double reverse play that led to an 11 yard touchdown by Devery Henderson. Bush carried 13 times for 52 yards. The Saints employed two-back formations on some plays, and Bush was also used as the single back at times. His longest run of the day was a 13 yard gain which helped set up a 51 yard field goal at the end of the first half. Bush caught four of his five targets for a total of 19 yards, and the other pass was uncatchable. Bush was given two carries from the two yard line, but was unable to get into the end zone.
2006 Week 4 vs CAR (11 / 22 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
Bush was very ineffective as a rusher; picking up just eight yards on six first half carries. He also appeared to have lost the handle on the ball in the second quarter, which was later verified by a successful replay challenge by the Panthers. He added 14 more yards rushing on five second half attempts. Bush was much more effective as a receiver, catching four of six targets for a combined 48 yards. He broke a 32 yard catch and run in the second quarter, then added a 14 yard catch in the last period.
2006 Week 5 vs TB (9 / 23 / 0 rush, 11 / 11 / 63 / 0 rec)
Bush is simply electric. Every time he touches the ball is exciting, and he has to be accounted for at all times, whenever and wherever he is on the field. While McAllister got most of the work rushing, Bush was used extensively in the passing game. He was targeted eleven times, catching all eleven passes for 63 yards. He ran the ball only nine times for 23 yards. Most importantly, he had 75 yards in punt returns that included a 65 yard punt return for a touchdown that gave the Saints the lead and proved to be the game winner. The punt return was the first touchdown of his career. On a side note, a few times during the game, New Orleans fans broke out in Reggie! Reggie! Reggie! cheers, showing just how excited they are about this talented rookie.
2006 Week 6 vs PHI (11 / 26 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Bush had 11 carries for 35 yards and four receptions for 35 yards. It is a good sign for Bush owners that he saw significant time in a close game, but he was limited to a disappointing 2.27 yards per carry. Bush, who again ran mostly to the outside, was not as effective as McAllister.
2006 Week 8 vs BAL (5 / 16 / 0 rush, 8 / 4 / 5 / 0 rec)
Bush was largely ineffective running, receiving, and throwing the ball. Bush was twice popped early in the backfield behind the line of scrimmage. Once on a swing pass he was dropped immediately. The other was on a running play where he fumbled. It went from bad to worse when Bush sprinted out to the right flat on a hand off and threw up a jump ball for WR Marques Colston in the end zone that was blanketed in coverage. The pass was overthrown and easily intercepted. The cherry on top of his day came when the Saints were backed up to their own goal line. QB Drew Brees dropped back to pass, and Bush was matched up against LB Terrell Suggs coming around the corner. Suggs shed Bush easily and pressured Brees into throwing a poor pass that was intercepted and returned for a score. Bush saw seven late passing targets as the game was a blowout, but wasn't able to use his speed to make any big plays.
2006 Week 9 vs TB (11 / -5 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)
Bush struggled to get much going against Tampa Bay, rushing the ball eleven times for minus five yards and catching four passes for 22 yards. His struggles rushing the ball continued, and the commentators made numerous comments on his tendency to turn everything outside, much the way he did in college. At times, Bush seems to be too quick for the play when he first receives the handoff. In the passing game, he was targeted six times and hauled in four passes for 22 yards. Bush had been nursing a sore ankle that could have contributed to his sluggish performance.
2006 Week 10 vs PIT (10 / 49 / 1 rush, 12 / 7 / 40 / 0 rec)
Bush showed flashes of his speed and moves, gaining 49 yards on ten carries and QB Drew Brees used him several times out of the backfield for another 40 yards receiving, but it took a gadget play to cut Bush loose for his first NFL career offensive touchdown. Bush was the recipient of a double reverse that completely fooled the Steelers' defense and he took it around the left end, sealing it by flying over a tackler for the final three yards and into the end zone. Bush also coughed up a fumble on the Saints' 38 yard line, which led to a Steelers' touchdown one play later in the third quarter.
2006 Week 11 vs CIN (13 / 51 / 0 rush, 11 / 8 / 58 / 0 rec)
Bush took his first carry of the game for six yards up the right side. It was a sign of things to come for a player who had recently seen too many of his carries go for zero or negative yardage. Bush ran a bit differently in this game. Rather than trying to spin and juke defenders on every touch, Bush simply took what the defense gave him. He was still making moves on defenders, but he made moves while moving upfield rather than laterally. On many of his runs, he almost stopped in the backfield while hesitating for the blocking to open up for him. More often than not, it did. And he was able to capitalize in averaging nearly four yards per carry. While he didn't come close to breaking any big runs, this was more of a help in trying to sustain drives and not setting the team up in many third down and long situations. He was also active in the passing game as usual, and 25 of his receiving yards came in garbage time. He lost six yards rushing on a play called back due to holding. Bush limped off during the second quarter after appearing to re-aggravate his ankle injury, but he was able to return for the second half and showed no ill effects.
2006 Week 12 vs ATL (5 / 24 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Bush entered the game for one carry on a third down near the end of the Saints second drive. He picked up the first down, but was immediately replaced by starting RB Deuce McAllister as soon as the ball was inside the ten yard line. McAllister punched it in for the score three plays later. The Saints ran a special play for Bush early in the third quarter. He lined up wide to the left and ran a double move. QB Drew Brees pump faked and threw the go down the sideline, but the ball was overthrown on the play. Bush had two other nice plays late in the game with a 13 yard reception and a 12 yard run, but mostly watched as the Saints remained committed to whittling down the clock with McAllister.
2006 Week 13 vs SF (10 / 37 / 3 rush, 9 / 9 / 131 / 1 rec)
Reggie Bush had a record setting game in Week 13, as he ran for just 37 yards but three touchdowns and added 131 more yards receiving and a fourth score. He pounded the ball well in the red zone, moving piles and then either leaping over the line or running quickly outside to get the ball across the goal line at the corner of the end zone. Bush caught all nine of his targets, including a 74 yard short catch and long run where Bush really should have scored but he hit his own facemask with the ball and it popped out of his hands. He later scored on the same drive so he still had the touchdown, but that was his only mistake of the day.
2006 Week 14 vs DAL (6 / 37 / 0 rush, 9 / 6 / 125 / 1 rec)
Bush only had six rushes but his nine targets led the team. He continues to flash the skill set that made his one of the most coveted prospects in recent memory. Bush led the Saints with six catches and 125 yards. His 61 yard touchdown catch was a thing of beauty, as he followed his blockers and used his phenomenal speed and cut back ability to make all the nearby defenders miss. It was a play sure to be shown on all the highlight reels. Bush led all Saints' players with 162 total yards.
2006 Week 15 vs WAS (7 / 14 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 19 / 0 rec)
Bush was effectively removed from the equation early on, and never came close to breaking a big gain despite the constant chants of "Reg-gie, Reg-gie" from the Superdome faithful. He totaled just 33 yards from scrimmage on his 12 touches, with 15 of those yards coming on a screen pass late in the game. He tried dancing around a lot and didn't find consistent yardage at all, but he didn't look like the back who was lost early in the season. Rather, this just seemed to be a case of the Redskins playing outstanding defense more than anything.
2006 Week 16 vs NYG (20 / 126 / 1 rush, 6 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Bush started the game in the backfield on the first play, but split out wide to the left leaving an empty backfield. Bush also got the first carry on a pitch to the left, but tried to cut it back to the right when bottled up for a one yard loss. The Saints continued to use Bush more effectively as a receiver. At the end of the first quarter Bush pulled in a deep pass down the left sideline, but it was overturned as an incompletion after review. He was bobbling the ball in his hands before stepping out of bounds. Midway through the second quarter Bush started to flash the speed and power that made him the number two pick in the draft. He ripped off runs of 17, 7, 7, 10, and 10 yards during the drive that was capped by the Colston touchdown. When the Saints neared the goal line Bush was pulled for RB Deuce McAllister (two short carries). Bush split time through the third quarter with McAllister and scored on a four yard end around midway through the third quarter, but sat for most of the fourth quarter while New Orleans opted to grind away at the clock with McAllister.
2006 Week 17 vs CAR (3 / 20 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Bush scored the first touchdown of the game on a one yard run. With New Orleans already having their playoff spot locked up, Bush only played the first quarter. He carried just three times and also caught two passes.
2006 Week 19 vs PHI (12 / 52 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Bush had some remarkable plays against the Eagles, including several change of directions that were reminiscent of many of the great runners ever to play in the NFL. Bush looked to have been stopped for a four yard loss in the first quarter on a run to the right, yet he stopped, changed direction, and ran for 25 yards around to the left side of the field. Bush added a touchdown in the second quarter, as again he ran the play as it was intended (up the middle) then bounced it around the right side and kicked over the pylon to outrun the defense for the score. Bush did have some miscues that reminded everyone that he is still a rookie, as he fumbled twice and nearly cost the Saints the game. His fumble in the second quarter was recovered by his teammate, WR Terrance Copper, but the second fumble came very late in the fourth quarter and was the only turnover of the game. Bush dropped an easy toss from QB Drew Brees and the Eagles had the opportunity to tie or win the game. Bush added 22 yards as a receiver, all coming on screens, which is remarkable in that he was drilled by DB Sheldon Brown on the second play of the game on one of the hardest hits you will ever see. Bush was fortunate to take that kind of punishment and return to the game.
2006 Week 20 vs CHI (4 / 19 / 0 rush, 10 / 7 / 132 / 1 rec)
Bush got his first touch midway though the first quarter on a third and short. They ran a play to Bush in the left flat. Bush caught the lob from QB Drew Brees just over the extended hands of the defensive end before running for the first down. At the start of the third quarter the Saints ran a similar play. Bush caught the lob on the run over the hands of a linebacker and raced down the left sideline. He cut back to his right avoiding DB Danieal Manning after about fifty yards and sprinted to the end zone for an 88 yard touchdown. Just before he crossed the goal line he pointed back over his shoulder taunting LB Brian Urlacher. Bush finished the game with four garbage time receptions that inflated his receiving statistics.