Unfortunately for Bush, his college production has rarely been reproduced in the pros, and the durability concerns have proven to be fully valid. Bush has averaged just under 14 offensive touches a game for his five year pro career.
The only season Bush appeared in 16 games was his rookie season, the only season he started double digit games was 2007; less of an important statistic given his role.
What is important, however, is he’s played an average of 12 games per year his five year career, eclipsing that number once in the past four seasons.
His rookie season was his most productive; two short of his career high in carries (155), career highs in catches (88), receiving yards (741) and touchdowns (8), but also a career low in fumbles (2); 243 offensive touches in all and one punt return touchdown.
His second season saw a slight drop in touches, but he appeared in only 12 games. Two more carries, 15 less catches and a staggering eight fumbles. A career high 581 rushing yards, but a career low 5.7 yards per catch. Statistically more production per game, but a nearly 3 yard per catch drop and a 400 percent increase in fumbles a major concern.
In the last three seasons (2008-2010), Bush has appeared in an average of less than 11 games per year; his carries, rushing yards, catches, receiving yards and yards per catch have dropped each season; career lows across the board, including games played, the only non-career lows coming in yards per catch and carry, though neither number impressive.
Bush has become more of a north-south runner in recent years-his yards per carry was a fluffy 5.6 in 2009-but his overall production, and durability, has been on the general decline from his first two seasons in the league.
So to this point, Bush has fulfilled the expectation of being unable to live up to his college production, and also proved to be an injury risk do to his dynamic, yet unorthodox style of play.
His role as a versatile offensive and special teams weapon on the Saints Super Bowl team proves Bush has been valuable, but the No. 2 pick in the 2006 draft has only one season with 1,000-plus yards on offense; his rookie season in 2006.
Ronnie Brown, the 2005 No. 2 pick, had three such seasons in his first four years, less than 10 yards shy of a fourth when injured through seven games in 2007.
Minus the championship ring, Bush has had an average career; at the least, not one deserving of the hype that comes with a No. 2 draft pick and the resulting contract.