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Reggie Bush is difficult to project during any given season, mostly because even now after seven seasons, he hasn’t handled a full workload, or been asked to be a featured back. Hell, we can even go back to his USC days (SCANDALOUS), and see a time when LenDale White was the boom to his flash.

Due to both injuries and an inability to run between the tackles consistently, Bush still hasn’t logged a 250-carry season. He makes up for that as a steady option in the passing game, with his single-season receptions peaking at 88 during his rookie year. Still, as he prepares to likely, almost definitely leave Miami, the question of durability is a difficult one. He’s missed 21 games, and is much better suited for the higher end of a platoon situation.

That’s why Detroit may be the ideal landing spot.

We’ve now reached the Friday morning after the Super Bowl, and the Dolphins still haven’t made an offer to their pending free agent running back, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Sure, it’s early in the process, but this is yet another strong indication that Bush won’t be retained, and the Dolphins think they’ll be just swell thanks with Lamar Miller ascending the depth chart next fall. We concur.

So what of Bush then? Well, Cecil Lammey floated the Detroit idea, and that’s pretty easy to agree with too.

Matthew Stafford mostly struggled at times this past season because of a regression, and his insistence on throwing sidearm. But the utter lack of a running game outside of the red zone didn’t help. At all.

The Lions ranked 23rd in rushing with 100.8 yards per game, and they also averaged a very average 4.1 yards per carry. It’s an attack that was led by Mikel LeShoure, he of the 3.7 YPC, and plodding 57 yards per game. In the open field he gained what was blocked, and little more, as his breakaway speed is entirely absent.

But near the goal-line, LeShoure thrives, which is why a pairing with Bush would be ideal, with the two forming the proverbial thunder/lightning duo. Despite his minimal yardage, LeShoure still scored nine times in 2012, including three touchdowns in one game. Bush’s versatility and receiving ability out of the backfield will also provide another safety valve for Stafford, who often set his crosshairs too firmly on Calvin Johnson.

From a fantasy perspective, Bush would go to an offense where he’s surrounded by much more skill, and that will lead to open areas in the middle of the field for receiving gains. This is a running back who had 742 receiving yards way back in that rookie season, showing he has the potential to be a point-per-reception league stud, and sort of Darren Sproles-lite. Just as he did this year, Bush could provide quality late-round RB3 value, and he’d consistently be a high-end flex option in Detroit.

And now the links part of the links post…

  • Adrian Peterson is not a human. [USA Today]
  • Osi Umenyiora is now officially a free agent. [CBS]
  • The top-five contract Joe Flacco was offered last August will be back on the negotiating table. [Baltimore Sun]
  • There’s optimism elsewhere in Baltimore too, with general manager Ozzie Newsome confident that he can re-sign Ed Reed. [SB Nation]