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Is Bush really an upgrade over Bell?

I have been a huge fan of Bell and talked often about how I think he was clearly the better RB last season. Well, I am not the only one thinking that. PFF recently posted this Article about Joique naming him their "Secret superstar". Here is an excerpt form the article.....

Bush may have forced more missed tackles over the full season, but those 10 extra missed tackles came on 128 more touches. The Lions absolutely needed to upgrade their rushing attack heading into this season, but does Bush coming in and stealing touches away from Bell, in a role that Bell had impressed in, really represent an upgrade? Hopefully, Bell will still see his share of the ball in 2013 but with Bush and Mikel Leshoure to compete with he may be forced to make the most of limited opportunities again. Either way he’ll still likely make an impact when he does get on the field.

Further from ESPN...

Detroit Lions: Free-agent acquisition Reggie Bush figures to benefit from opponents' attention on receiver Calvin Johnson to much greater extent than the Lions' backfield did last season. Early indications are the Lions will use Bush similarly to the way the New Orleans Saints did earlier in his career. With the Saints in 2006, Bush caught 88 passes. Training camp should bring competition for the right to be the "thumper" behind Bush. Will it be 2011 second-round draft choice Mikel Leshoure, who looked slow and not very elusive after returning last season from a torn Achilles tendon? (No NFL running back had as many touches as Leshoure without at least one play of at least 20 yards.) Or will it be the lesser-known Joique Bell, who as Pro Football Focus points out, made defenders miss regularly last season. He forced 26 missed tackles in 82 carries and actually averaged more yards after contact (2.99) than Bush did with the Miami Dolphins (2.06).

I didn't like the Bush signing before, I like it even less now. This article just confirms what I felt about Bell and Bush all along. We have a young improving RB and we buried him behind LeShoure last year. It does not take a genius to see that happening again this coming season but instead now being buried behind two players. One of them because of where he was drafted and the other because of his hype and contract. This is one of the big reasons why the Lions are also rans in the NFL. We have a diamond in the rough RB, young and still improving player developing and instead of asking more from him we sign an older RB hype machine player to take touches away from him and to put butts in the seats.

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