Reggie Bush: New Miami Dolphin Will Surprise Opposing Defenses in 2011

Joseph HealyCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 19:  Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins loses his helmet during a Preseason NFL game against the Carolina Panthers at Sun Life Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Right or wrong, it seems that the knock on Reggie Bush is that he has failed to live up to the considerable hype that came with being the second overall pick back in 2006.

No one would argue that Bush doesn't possess the natural talent to be a star, but for one reason or another, he hasn't been able to put everything together.

In a new season with a new franchise, Reggie Bush will finally find a way to break out and be the star that so many have been waiting for him to be.

The reason most often given for Bush's perceived struggles is that he has been used improperly ever since he came into the league.

At USC, Bush excelled by getting the ball in his hands in any numbers of ways. He was used as a safety valve receiver, a slot receiver, a "Wildcat" quarterback before that was trendy and as a traditional running back.

Once in the NFL, the Saints proceeded to use him almost exclusively as a traditional running back and his production suffered. In his first three seasons in the league, he averaged less than four yards per rush. He was a solid receiver, but that failed to pacify those that expected Reggie Bush to be a running back that changed the way we think about running backs. 

As time passed, the Saints figured out how to better use him. His yards per rush average went up in his last two seasons there and while his total reception numbers dipped, he remained a good receiver.

His progression as an offensive weapon will continue in Miami. If any team knows how to use running backs in a number of ways, it's the Dolphins. They took two otherwise pedestrian running backs, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, and turned them into a solid running tandem as part of their Wildcat offense.

It's exciting to imagine all the different ways Miami could use a running back with the level of ability that Bush has. If Daniel Thomas emerges as a threat alongside him or Larry Johnson proves that he has a little more left in the tank, all the better.

If Bush still fails to impress in Miami, there might be something to all the disappointment, but let's give this a chance. The marriage between Bush and the Dolphins has a chance to be wonderful.