Reggie Bush Is Perfect Addition for Matthew Stafford and Detroit Lions
Reggie Bush, Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions are a match made in heaven.
Bush agreed to a four-year deal with the Lions on Wednesday, per DetroitLions.com's Tim Twentyman:
Fans of the team have been clamoring for a legitimate running back for years now, and while Bush may not be a traditional in-between-the tackles powerhouse, he's more than capable of toting the rock 20 times a game.
Lions and Reggie Bush have agreed to terms on a 4-year contract. Press conference set for 1:45.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) March 13, 2013
Will the Lions be better on offense or worse with Bush?
The past two seasons have seen Bush rush for 2,072 yards and 12 touchdowns—impressive numbers by any standard.
But that's not what makes him so perfect for the Lions. No doubt he'll have plenty of opportunities to gash defenses in the running game, but even more critical for the Lions, Bush is an exceptional receiver out of the backfield.
With Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, Brandon Pettigrew and Ryan Broyles spreading defenses out down the field, Bush's abilities as a receiver out of the backfield gives Stafford an arsenal of weaponry with which to attack opposing defenses that will be nearly impossible to completely contain.
He'll make a living on dump-off passes, as his speed and agility will allow him to easily defeat most linebackers underneath while both safeties retreat to cover the back end.
Screen passes should be a big part of the Lions offense with Bush, too. Defenses will focus so much on stopping the vertical passing game of the Lions, with Stafford's strong arm leading the way, Bush will have many an open lane underneath to exploit.
Should the Lions draft an offensive tackle or Dee Milliner, should both be available at No. 5?
All that's left for Detroit to do now is select either Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher in the draft to solidify its offensive line and protect Stafford. For now, though, Lions fans should rejoice over the team's new acquisition.
Bush brings electricity to any offense, and with the Lions, he's set to have a career year in 2013.
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