Nov 15, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Marcus Thigpen (34) returns a kickoff for a touchdown during the first quarter of a game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo won the game 19-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Thigpen vs. Reggie Bush: Miami Dolphins Position Battle

 

At the end of the year, there is no doubt in my mind running back Reggie Bush will not be on the Miami Dolphins official roster for the 2013-14 season.

Lamar Miller, the fourth-round draft pick this past year, is going to transform into an every down running back with second-year back Daniel Thomas as the complimentary back for Mike Sherman’s offense. While Bush has a lot versatility built within his game, first-year player Marcus Thigpen has the same skill set, and at a young age it’s tough not to enjoy watching him excel up and down the field.

Thigpen has a Devin Hester-esque in him. He has a ton of upside and fights for the extra yardage for Joe Philbin and company. The rookie has knack of reading the right holes created by the offensive line as well as running north and south rather than east and west.

Bush negatively attributes to the east and west feeling frequently. The seven-year running back has recorded 179 carries for 791 yards and five touchdowns, but if you look the inconsistency over the course of the year there is a slight weakness. Bush should be flirting with 1,000 yards, not 209 yards away.

In the slot, Thigpen has a more dynamic presence on the outside than Bush. If you want to argue Bush had a good performance this week you are right, but against a defense ranked 31st in the NFL anyone can post the numbers he did. If anything, there should be a shock he didn’t have a bigger impact on Sunday.

At the end of the day, you shall decide. Does Ireland sign Bush or forget him for the rookie with the same ability with the football and versatility. I want to read what you all have to say.

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