Detroit Lions: Most Overrated/Underrated Players

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Aug 2, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) walks with a young fan to the field during training camp at the Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Last month, our very own Braden Shackelford predicted the Lions’ most overrated/underrated offseason acquisitions.

This time around, we will be going over whom I believe to be the most overrated/underrated Lions in general.

Most Overrated – Reggie Bush

This may be an unpopular label to most fans, but I believe the hype behind Reggie Bush’s play for the Lions has been slightly unwarranted.

I was not a big advocate for bringing Bush to Detroit, but after I saw the contract details last offseason, it was hard to argue against such a great contract with solid value.

Bush immediately stepped in as the starting running back for the Lions last year, and he showed us why we needed such an electric player in the backfield after losing Jahvid Best.

The big plays will always be there, but consistency is what Reggie Bush lacks. One play he’ll bust out for a 50-yard run, and the next he’ll either have a ball go right through his hands, or turn the ball over completely.

Last year, Bush was benched several times for inconsistent play, mostly due to fumbling the ball in key situations. At times, Joique Bell just looked like the more complete back, and you wouldn’t see a whole lot of Bush’s face for the rest of the game.

According to Pro Football Focus, Bush dropped 10 passes on 64 catchable targets for a 15.63 percent drop rate (highest among all RBs), and only Greg Little had a higher drop rate (16.33 percent) among all pass catchers with at least 50 targets.

Reggie Bush is without a doubt the undisputed starting running back going into the 2014 NFL season, and you will get no argument from me there. But I think some tend to see the flashy plays and overrate him just a bit.

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