Miami Dolphins: Evaluating the Reggie Bush Question

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst INovember 15, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 11:  Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins looks on during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Sun Life Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Reggie Bush has just not been same running back he was last season. His explosiveness comes in sporadic patches, he has not been as involved in the passing game as he should be, and sometimes, he just looks weathered out there.

Bush, who is in a contract season, has drawn a lot of media attention, particularly due to his lack of productivity in recent weeks. He just has not been the dynamic player he once was.

In Miami's crushing defeat at the hands of the Tennessee Titans, Bush was exposed for his lack of production. A costly fumble in the first quarter that turned into a 9-yard touchdown by Kendall Wright led to his benching, something Bush later reported that he "deserved."

But where does the organization draw the line?

At this point, if Bush does not start producing along the line of what he was able to do last season, he will not see his contract renewed by the Miami Dolphins, and his free agent stock will drastically plummet.

And currently, with Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller on the roster, Miami does not necessarily have an imperative need to extend that contract. Thomas has shown that he has the ability to takeover the reigns as a work-horse, especially if he can put the concussion issues behind him. Miller, who still needs to work on his presence in the passing game, mirrors Bush in his elusiveness and has the potential to be a star back for the organization someday.

But, at this point, Bush's future rests entirely in his hands. He must start performing if he wants to stake his place in the organization or else he might just have problems finding a new home.