Fantasy Football: Is New Orleans Saints’ RB Reggie Bush Worth Owning?

September 14, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

I have taken a lot of heat, during my time as a football writer for making excuses for New Orleans Saints RB Reggie Bush. While others have turned their backs on him, calling him a “bust” and criticizing his performances on and off the field, I have stuck by him and his ability to be one of the most dynamic football players in the NFL.
I believe that most NFL analysts are too harsh on Bush’s contributions to the Saints. He is constantly criticized for not being able to run between-the-tackles, yet numbers indicate that he is actually significantly more successful running between-the-tackles than he is off-tackle.
Bush had an impressive 5.6 yards per carry in 2009 (compared to Pierre Thomas’ 5.4 yards per carry and Mike Bell’s 3.8 yards per carry), so the popular opinion that he “can’t run” is obviously not true.
But Bush’s biggest contribution to the Saints actually has to do with what happens when he doesn’t e...

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