When the Miami Dolphins traded Jonathon Amaya and a late round draft choice to the Saints for Reggie Bush, we weren’t as excited about the addition as most Dolfans were. We knew the Dolphins were getting Bush, a big name player, but with less than expected production. However, after seeing Reggie in practice and 1 preseason game, we’re a little more excited about the Dolphins new RB. Bush is not only a running back, which is how many view him. He’s also a big weapon in the passing game. Bush showed against the Panthers (yes, we know they’re the crappy Panthers), that he can take a checkdown pass and scamper 20 yards. We’re confident that Brian Daboll can utilize Bush and get the most out of him.
Reggie is also the last player on the field after practice. He regularly stays 30 minutes AFTER practice to catch extra balls, run sprints, and push the tackling sleds. This guy wants to be great. He wants to live up to the hype that surrounded him when he was drafted. And it seems as though the Dolphins are going to give him that opportunity. Dolphins coach, Tony Sparano, said earlier this week that Reggie will be the ‘first guy out of the gate’, meaning he’ll be the starting running back. The big question is whether or not Reggie can stay healthy throughout the course of the season. We certainly hope so.
Below is an interview that was done by The Finsiders, in which Reggie talks about his goals for 2011. He also talks about the transition to the Dolphins, coming from the Saints. I find it interesting that he says Dolphins camp is more relaxed. Really?!
1. Win the Super Bowl
2. Win the AFC East
3. Average 4 yards a carry as a running back stable
4. Make the Pro Bowl
You have to love that the guy put two team priorities first on his goal list. Even #3 on the list, he talks about the running back stable as a whole. He can help Daniel Thomas and the other Dolphins running backs. Thomas has been unspectacular at Dolphins camp thus far, but the two could potentially be a dynamic 1-2 punch in the backfield.
We know it’s only the preseason, but we’re excited to see how explosive the Dolphins offense can be this year. Reggie adds an element to the team that they haven’t had in some time….speed and elusiveness. We never realized how much of a hard worker Reggie was, until he came to Miami. One thing is for sure, he’s dedicated and motivated to be the best player he can be, which will help the Miami Dolphins be the best team they can be.
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