Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Top 100: Reggie Bush of the Detroit Lions

“As a running back, as a receiver, this guy has been outstanding.”

Reggie Bush made his debut as a Detroit Lion in the 2013 season. In his first season with the big cats, he ran for 1,006 yards in 14 games.  He had 223 attempts for an average of 4.5 yards per carry. Additionally, he had 54 receptions for 506 yards, including one reception for a 77-yard touchdown. He did have 5 fumbles to go along with these impressive stats, but he held the ball just fine the other 218 carries he had.

Reggie was not featured on the NFL Top 100 last year, but the solid year he had in 2013 put him on the list at  #85. The highlights from this one season are jaw-dropping. Spin moves, jukes, hurdles… he does it all. Heading into the 2013 season, Detroit’s run game was nearly non-existent. Coming into the 2014 season, the Lions are once again respected in the ground game. Backed by Joique Bell, the teeth are back.

Bush and Bell are expected to be a threat for Detroit once again in 2014. Detroit’s passing game will still be solid and respected, but 2014 will see opposing teams changing the way they defend against the Lions. There should be far more emphasis on stopping the run, and simply focusing on Megatron is not going to cut it.

This coming season there is an expectation for winning the division (or at least competing for it) and making the playoffs, and that expectation doesn’t strictly come from having the best receiver in the league. One of the best offensive lines coupled with one of the best running back tandems is going to be a major contribution to a solid season.

All Bush needs to do is keep playing hard and hold on to the football.

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