Coming into this season, the Miami Dolphins' Reggie Bush was someone many thought would soon be looking for work. Even though he was coming off the first 1,000 rushing season of his career and set career marks in carries with 216, the Dolphins went out and drafted Lamar Miller last spring– the second year in a row they drafted a running back in the early rounds of the draft. Miller, Daniel Thomas — the 2011 draft choice — or both were thought to be replacements for the 27-year-old Bush, who is in the last year of his contract.
Obviously Bush didn't get that memo. The former Saint has posted 241 rushing yards through two games, currently ranking second in the NFL in the category. As a late bloomer, Bush is now looking like the player everyone thtought he would be when he was drafted out of USC in 2006.
But can he sustain the success?
When Miami traded for Bush in 2011, coach Tony Sparano said he was going to use Bush as an every down back. While most people didn't believe him, Bush was used as heavily as Sparano stated. Bush believes he has the durability and ability to be a successful 25-touches-a-game back in this league and recent statistics have backed him up. The most interesting one was offered up by fantasy guru Matthew Berry, who said that since week 13 of last season, the only running back with more yards than Reggie Bush is Baltimore Ravens stud, Ray Rice.
Now granted, that isn't a big body of work but considering all his early career injuries and the 'soft' label that went with it, it's a good sign that Bush is showing a marked improvement on the field while avoiding any serious injury.
For owners of Reggie Bush who either have a couple of bigger names ahead of him on the depth chart or aren't quite believers, I'd say sell now because his stock is looking pretty good at the moment and you may be able to shore up any holes at other positions with it. For everyone else who has him, I recommend you place him on your starting roster and leave him.
Miami employs a rookie quarterback at the moment, one who looks to be very talented, and with any team looking to have success in this type of situation, the Dolphins will look to the run to take off the pressure. Bush will get his touches and while he may not get the 320 he's on pace for, 270-280 isn't out of the question.
Expect him to make the most of those touches in a season where he is looking to earn a major payday in the offseason.
Final Verdict: Buy
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