Reggie Bush realizing potential with Lions offense
3:59 PM, May 22, 2013
8:50 PM, May 26, 2013
ALLEN PARK, Mich. - The biggest offseason addition to the Lions offense? The answer is easy: Reggie Bush. The explosive running back brings star power to an already potent scoring attack.
Before the offense takes shape on the field against anyone else, the crop of new players led by Bush is getting its feet wet in the Lions system.
"There's nothing that we'll do with him that he hasn't done before, but all the terminology is new, and the timing that goes with the quarterback...that's important," Jim Schwartz said of his team's new weapon.
Bush saw the potential in the Lions offense when he signed here in March, and stepping on the practice field helped him realize that already.
"I think this offense can be extemely explosive. We've got all the right pieces here. We've got all the right players," Bush said Wednesday after the team's OTA workout.
"Now it's up to us to put in the necessary body of work to go out there an be effective every week."
Adding Bush to an offense that features Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford, Brandon Pettigrew, Nate Burleson, and Ryan Broyles has put the NFC North on notice. But Bush said the goal is to compete every week, not just once in a while.
"We have to show up and be consistent. That's gonna get us to where we want to go."
Bush will be a factor in the passing game after carrying success for two years in Miami. Schwartz told reporters he thinks Bush can catch upwards of 80 passes this season, a number the running back didn't shy away from.
He also didn't balk on the talk of returning punts.
"I've done it before, I feel like I can still do it if I need to and if they want me to do it."
The 28-year old will be in the mix for the job vacated by Stefan Logan, but Bush said at this point, the Lions haven't talked to him about the job.
As for Bush's star power off the field, after living in New Orleans and South Beach, the seven-year veteran said his only focus is football.
"I came here to work. I didn't come here to vacation. I came here to win championships and football games, and that's what I look forward to doing," he explained.
"If football isn't right, it doesn't matter where you're at."
Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter at WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter
For full video from the OTA, visit DetroitLions.com.