Reggie Bush: Detroit Lions Would Be Wise to Add Talented Running Back

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IFebruary 27, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 02:  Running back Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins rushes against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Reggie Bush is the top free-agent running back on the market this year, and the Detroit Lions would be wise to add the talented back to their offensive attack.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions seem to have an interest in the 27-year-old:

The Lions' interest in Reggie Bush is real.

Who knows what happens with Bush at the end of the day, but plenty of NFL people at the combine believe the Lions will make Bush a primary target in free agency.

The Lions passing and rushing attacks were polar opposites of each other last season. While Detroit ranked No. 2 in passing, it also ranked No. 23 running the ball, which is not a sufficient balance for a team that likes to throw the ball.

Without that balance and a threat on the ground, the Lions' offense was much more predictable and easier to stop. Bush would help alleviate that issue for Detroit, as the USC product is a major threat when the ball is in his hands.

Last year with the Dolphins, Bush compiled 986 yards and six touchdowns on a team that lacked a solid offensive line. The season before that, Bush broke the 1,000-yard mark, again without much help around him.

Bush will also bring some versatility to the Lions' offense, as he can catch the ball out of the backfield. Quarterback Matthew Stafford utilized Joique Bell as a receiver often during the 2012 campaign, so it'll be a welcomed plus to have an explosive back like Bush catching passes on a regular basis.

With his speed, Bush is a home-run threat from anywhere on the field and can break big plays at any moment during the game. After all, he did compile six runs of 20 yards or more, and his longest run of the season was 65 yards.

The Lions No. 1 back last season, Mikel Leshoure, didn't break a single run over 20 yards the entire season, and the team's running backs only had four combined runs of 20 yards or more.

Consistency on a run-to-run basis will be important for the 2013 campaign, and it goes a long way toward keeping opposing defenses honest and taking pressure off the passing game.

Bush's average of 4.3 yards per carry isn't great, but remember the lack of personnel surrounding him in Miami. In 2011, Bush averaged a cool five yards per carry, and both of his previous season totals in the yards-per-carry department are better than Leshoure's 3.7-yard average from a season ago.

Injury concerns were once a major negative in Bush's career, but it seems he's shaking that label off every year. Bush has missed just one game in the past two seasons, so durability shouldn't really be a worry moving forward.

If the Lions were to pick up Bush, he would be an instant upgrade in just about every category you can think of as far as a running back is concerned.

Detroit can surround Bush with what he needs to be successful, and as long as the blocking is there for him, Bush will give the Lions one of the most feared and complete offenses in the NFL.