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Lions free agency: Reggie Bush analysis from The Phinsider

A look at new Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush from the perspective of the Miami Dolphins.

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Before the Detroit Lions signed running back Reggie Bush earlier this week, I asked Kevin Nogle from The Phinsider for his take on Bush, who spent the last two seasons with the Miami Dolphins. In Miami, Bush put up big numbers, rushing for 1,086 yards in 2011 and 986 yards in 2012. Bush had 6 rushing touchdowns in each season, and he also added another 588 yards and 3 touchdowns catching the ball in his two years in Miami. Here's a look at what Kevin had to say about Bush's time with the Dolphins:

Reggie Bush was brought in to much hype, and then exceeded our expectations. He was a great running back for the Dolphins, doing more than what he was asked, and showing he could run up the middle. The problem was, he wasn't asked to do enough. Both the Tony Sparano and Joe Philbin regimes seemed to shy away from using Bush like he was used in college or New Orleans. If you can find the balance between running him up the middle and using him as a wide receiver, you will have an explosive, dangerous weapon.

As a pure running back, Bush did some great things, averaging over 1,000 yards in each of his two seasons in Miami. However, he could also be frustrating, as he can dance behind the line of scrimmage too much at times. Let's put it this way -- there are times where he will remind Lions fans of Barry Sanders, where he will slip through tackles, cut back and suddenly be gone when there was no hole whatsoever. Then there will be times you will have time to drive to the stadium, fight through security, get onto the field and run through the hole the offensive line is making, and Bush will still be trying to find the cut back.

I would love to have him back in Miami, but the coaches all seem sold on Lamar Miller bringing us the same impact plays at a cheaper price, with more power and durability. Hopefully they are correct. He's a great fit for the Lions. Detroit should love having Bush up there, especially with the pass-happy offense and Matthew Stafford throwing the ball 8 billion times.

For more, check out our StoryStream on Bush signing with the Lions.


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