The Buffalo Bills are trying to add some depth at the running back position in case starter LeSean McCoy is sidelined by injuries like he was last season. On Monday, the team brought in former first round draft pick Reggie Bush for a workout. NFL betting odds have the Bills as a fringe team to make the playoffs in the AFC, and the addition of Bush could improve the team’s chances of making the postseason.
Last year, Bush’s season was cut short by an injury, but he is fully healed and hoping to earn a spot on a team before the start of the season.
The Bills also had injury problems of their own at the running back position, with McCoy and backup Karlos Williams missing games because of injury.
The fact that Williams showed up to training camp overweight, and will miss the first four games of the regular season due to a suspension, adding a veteran like Bush makes a lot of sense.
The team announced Bush’s visit on social media, and a source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Bush is expected to sign with the team as soon as he passes his physical.
Throughout his career, Bush has been plagued with injuries, but when he is healthy, he is a very good running back. He has played in 16 combined games over the past two seasons, but he is hoping to bounce back with a productive season.
Bush is also a very good kick returner, so he will likely see some time on special teams with the Bills. As a member of the Detroit Lions two seasons ago, Bush had over 1,500 yards, so if he is healthy, he should be able to contribute to the Bills rushing game significantly.
In addition to being able to contribute to the rushing game, Bush is also a great receiver out of the backfield, which will create a lot of matchup problems for defenders, especially since he is still one of the fastest players in the NFL.
Bush, who was taken second overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 2006 NFL draft never lived up to the high expectations teams had for him after his Heisman winning career at USC. In his 10 years in the NFL, Bush has only rushed for over 1,000 yards twice, which is disappointing because he was supposed to be the next great running back.
Although he won a Super Bowl with the Saints, the team didn’t utilize him the way he had hoped they would after drafting him, and used him as a third down back and as a kick return specialist.
When he signed with the Miami Dolphins as a free agent, he finally went over the 1,000 yard mark for the first time in his career, but after a couple of seasons, the Dolphins wanted to go with a younger player at the running back position, which led to Bush signing with the Detroit Lions.
After a successful first season in Detroit, injuries sidelined Bush again, and the team decided to go in another direction and Bush signed with the 49ers, a team he only played in five games for.
If Bush decided to sign with the Bills, it will be his fourth team in five seasons.