By Eric Schmidt

The Detroit Lions finally addressed the running back issue which has plagued the team for several seasons this offseason with the signing of free agent back Reggie Bush. Bush spent two seasons with the Miami Dolphins totaling 2,072 yards on the ground and nearly 600 yards through the air catching passes. It now appears that Bush’s role with the Lions is being laid out by head coach Jim Schwartz.

Bush is an explosive back and excels at catching passes out of the backfield, putting him in space. Last season, the Lions integrated Wayne State product, Joique Bell into the offense and Bell recorded 52 receptions. It seems as if that will be a key role for Reggie Bush in the 2013 Lions offense.

Tim Twentyman on Twitter reported that the workload for Bush this season could be large. “Jim Schwartz said Reggie Bush could potentially catch 60-70-80 passes next season.”

For fantasy owners that play PPR leagues, you need to take note of that statement. No running back in the league caught 80 passes last season but Bush is capable of achieving that number. In his rookie season with the New Orleans Saints, he logged 88 receptions and totaled 161 in his first two seasons.

So owners should downgrade Bell’s expectations and consider Bush as a legitimate threat in all PPR leagues for next season.

 

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