HBO's training camp series Hard Knocks returns Tuesday night at 10 p.m. This year, it will follow the Miami Dolphins.
If the producers of the show are smart, they will focus on running back Reggie Bush and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Miami has a roster utterly devoid of dynamic personalities, so HBO needs to focus on storylines more than individual players. With Brandon Marshall now gone to the Chicago Bears, the team's only real lightning rod for controversy is now gone.
Bush is a guy coming off a year in which he finally looked like a legitimate No. 1 running back. It took six years, but the former No. 2 overall pick had his first 1,000-yard rushing season in 2011. Bush ran for 1,086 yards and six touchdowns on 216 carries (5.0 yards per carry) in 15 games. He also added 296 yards and another score on 43 receptions.
Now, Bush will have to deal with the expectations that come after having a breakout season. He will also be looked at as a leader in a backfield that includes second-year back Daniel Thomas and rookie Lamar Miller.
Quarterbacks have traditionally always been a big part of Hard Knocks, and this year should be no different. But with David Garrard and Matt Moore battling for the starting spot, Tannehill will be the best story. Neither Moore nor Garrard will be particularly interesting.
Tannehill is a rookie who was selected with the No. 8 pick in the 2012 NFL draft despite not having much experience under center. Seeing how he goes about the business of learning how to be an NFL quarterback will be interesting to watch.
Those are the two stories HBO should focus on if it wants to bring viewers in to this year's edition of Hard Knocks. They are compelling and will give a different spin on the typical stories depicted on the show.
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