Don't sleep on #29 in 2009

Barnavicious XCorrespondent ISeptember 11, 2009

NAPA, CA - AUGUST 05: Michael Bush #29 runs with the ball during the Oakland Raiders Training Camp at the Napa Valley Marriott on August 5, 2009 in Napa, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

As much as I like McFadden, the 6' 2" 245 pound beast of a ball carrier is the man to watch in Oakland this year. Bush averaged 4.4 yards per carry on 95 attempts, the exact same as McFadden in 2008.

What is generally forgotten in the Michael Bush equation is that the guy broke his damn leg, missed his senior year, spent a year essentially red shirting in the NFL and has had only one season with limited carries to show his potential. Just ask Tampa Bay about his potential, the stench from Bush taking a big dump on their playoff hopes still s around the stadium, or so i hear. Does any body remember Bush's 23 touchdown year at Louisville, McFadden had 25 total in two years. Bush has an ellusiveness neither McFadden or Fargas have, he rarely goes down on first contact and is sneaky fast despite his larger frame.

Where Bush will improve this season is his confidence and decision making. The two year hiatus made him a little rusty picking holes and making decisive cuts.

Both McFadden and Bush spent a suspicous amount of time on the sidelines during the preseason leading one to believe Cable has been dealt a hand he's not yet willing to show. Bush carried only 5 times this preseason and is poised to be Cable's secret weapon. Hopefull McFaddens versatility out of the backfield will create more opportunities for Bush this year I'd love to see these two on the field together as much as possible this year.

With the monday opener getting nearer I can't help fantasizing about Bush sticking Merriman with a stiff arm and going the distance for a TD on the first drive of the game following it up with a 80 yard screen pass to McFadden on the next.