The Maturation Of Reggie Bush


Career highs for Reggie Bush were another spectacular display of the man the Dolphins signed during this off season to change the dynamic of the Miami Dolphins offense. Bush has been the absolute highlight for an otherwise mediocre at best offense this season.  But why was this only the second time the Dolphins have been able to win with Bush rushing for more than 100 yards? This is a question that points to the passing game that has gone through 2 different starting quarterbacks and an insurmountable amount of drops from the wide receivers and tight ends.
As Reggie has been telling us since he entered the league, he can be a feature back and handle a full workload. So far this season his best rushing performances have come in the game he has had 15+ carries.  Over the last three games, weeks 13, 14 & 15, he has rushed for a total of 406 yards. The health issues that were a concern and a problem in New Orleans seem to only be memories of the past.  Bulking up this off season and preparing to be an every down back has made Reggie a more complete running back that Dolphins fans will enjoy watching.

An unfortunate part of this past weeks 200+ rushing yard performance was that it came in the only game Jake Long did not play as a Dolphin. This is not to take anything away from the best left tackle in the NFL, but it should be noted that Reggie was able to do a lot of this on his own.
He has always been a player, when either rushing or receiving, that could make the first defender miss but he is not becoming a man that can bounce off of hits. Arm tackles are no longer going to bring him down.

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