Sep 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Getting Expected and Unexpected Contributions from Reggie Bush


With Barry Sanders, the Detroit Lions had a perennial 1,000 yard rusher. The Hall of Famer never had fewer than 1,115 rushing yards in his ten seasons as a pro. Since his retirement prior to the 1999 season, however, the Lions have struggled to get 1,000 yard seasons out of their running backs.

James Stewart hit the mark twice – in 2000 and 2002 – and Kevin Jones got there as a rookie in 2004. But in the eight seasons since then, the Lions haven’t had a 1,000 yard rusher.

Coming off a season in which Matthew Stafford shattered the all-time record for passing attempts in a season, the signing of Reggie Bush was discussed more for his ability to catch passes out of the backfield than for his ability to take a handoff and run.

Don’t get me wrong, Bush has been as advertised, or better, with what he has brought to the passing game but Stafford is on pace to attempt fewer passes this year than he did in 2012 or 2011. Reggie Bush has a lot to do with that as well.

While Bush has excelled where expected, he wasn’t necessarily expected to give the Lions their first 1,000 rushing yard back since 2004. Despite missing the better part of a game and a half due to injury, he is on pace to do just that. At just over 75 yards per game, Bush is on pace for a career-high 1,128 yards on the ground.

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