Nate Burleson very impressed with Reggie Bush

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Reggie Bush has lived up to the hype so far in Nate Burleson's mind.

Back in February, long before it was clear who the Detroit Lions were going to target in free agency, wide receiver Nate Burleson made it known that he wanted running back Reggie Bush to join his team. The Lions needed a replacement for Jahvid Best, and Burleson said that Bush could "do wonders" for them.

Bush did end up joining the Lions, and Burleson seems quite happy with what he's seen out of him so far. Burleson recently talked about the addition of Bush on SiriusXM NFL Radio, and he said that Bush has lived up to and exceeded his expectations. From Pro Football Talk:

"He’s everything we expected him to be and more," Burleson said. "I knew he was a good running back. I knew he could catch the ball out of the backfield. But when he motions and gets into the slot or goes on the outside and runs a route, he didn’t look like a running back running a route. He looked like a receiver running a route. And that’s a really big difference and for people who know football, they know exactly what I’m talking about."

This type of play-making ability is exactly why the Lions made it a point to sign Bush. After not having Best last year, they desperately needed a running back who can stretch the field and force defenses to take some of their focus away from Calvin Johnson and the receivers. It obviously remains to be seen if Bush will truly be the answer to the Lions' problems on offense, but he certainly seems capable of being the explosive player they've been looking for since Best got hurt.

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