Reggie Bush Is Perfect Addition for Matthew Stafford and Detroit Lions

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMarch 13, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 23: Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins runs with the ball against the Buffalo Bills on December 23, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Bills 24-10. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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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'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.

In his seven years in the league, Bush has rushed for 4,162 yards and 29 touchdowns. Those aren't exactly numbers that jump out at you, but he never got a chance to really shine until two years ago when he joined the Miami Dolphins. 

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. 

In his career, Bush has caught 372 passes for 2,730 yards and 15 touchdowns. He's an absolute terror to try to bring down in the open field, where his elusiveness, quickness and speed are most effective.

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. 

Simply put, the Lions now have as complete an offensive contingency as they've ever had, and Stafford shouldn't have any reason not to excel in 2013. 

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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