Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has that vital weapon — a versatile and explosive running back — that has been lacking in his arsenal for so long.
“Well, I think [Reggie Bush is] definitely going to add a dynamic to our offense,” Linehan said. “First of all, he gives us a running back that has produced in this league and really, in the last two years, done a really good job of just carrying the ball. He’s done it.
“You saw it even prior to his last stop (in New Orleans), he was doing a lot of the things you’ll see him do in our offense and be a dual-threat guy. He gives us a dynamic that, you know, a lot like what we got with Jahvid. It’s a little different, everybody’s different, but he definitely gives us a guy that can be an effective rusher and effective receiver.”
“So,” Linehan said, “the one thing about his position is you can get him the ball as a runner and as a pass receiver and his involvement is going to be pretty substantial.”
Bush's value will hinge on how much the Lions use him as a runner. We currently have him projected for 176 carries, while we project his backup, Mikel LeShoure to see 133 carries. LeShoure is likely to see the goal line work.