Reggie Bush Showing He Is an Every-Down Back for Miami Dolphins

Joseph BeguiristainContributor IIDecember 19, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 18: Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates his touchdown with Brandon Marshall #19 during their NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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When it was announced that the Miami Dolphins made a move for Reggie Bush, most fans didn't think Bush would contribute that much as a pure rusher. Here we are now with two games remaining and Bush is closing in on his first 1,000-yard season.

This past week against the Buffalo Bills, Bush ran 25 times for 203 yards (third highest in Dolphins history) and one touchdown. Bush capped off his spectacular day with a 76-yard touchdown run to seal the deal for the Dolphins. This game was reminiscent of when Ricky Williams ran 27 times for 228 yards against Buffalo in similar weather conditions in December of 2002.

Many analysts and fans speculated that Bush would be used sparingly running the football this season and mainly used in the passing game like he was in New Orleans. I thought that rookie running back Daniel Thomas would get the call on most runs, but I was wrong. Bush had a slow start to the year, but he has burst out onto the scene this season in a big way.

Bush has also been a vocal guy in the locker room this season. While in the midst of an 0-7 start, Bush flat out said, “We stink.” Since then, the Dolphins have won five out of their last eight games with Bush leading the charge.

His last three games he has posted 100, 103 and 203 yards respectively while averaging 4.5, 7.4 and 8.1 yards per carry. For the year, he has 973 yards and six touchdowns on five yards a carry. Bush has undoubtedly silenced his critics who said he couldn't be an every-down back.

Up next the Dolphins have the New England Patriots in Foxborough and the New York Jets at home. The Patriots gave gaping holes to Lance Ball and Willis McGahee last week against the Broncos and the Jets got gashed by LeSean McCoy. Bush has an opportunity to continue to fill the stat sheet once more.