At some point in every players career they realize that not all criticism they receive is un-deserved, Reggie Bush may have just had that moment.
After an illustrious collegiate career at USC where Reggie’s juking, elusive running style netted him a 7.3 yards per carry average and national fame, the same success has eluded him in the NFL.
Reggie has been criticized for his dances in the backfield that have little to no affect at the NFL level, netting him an unspectacular 3.7 yards per carry average in his four year career.
But after three seasons of not living up to the lofty expectations placed on his shoulders Bush now has realized his east-west college style simply is not working and he must learn to run between the tackles.
"“The first step to recognizing when you have a bad habit is just admitting it to yourself,” Bush said Wednesday, “It’s like an alcoholic when they go into an (Alcoholics Anonymous) meeting or something,” he said. “That’s the first step, just recognizing it and getting better from there. … I’m really just working on being explosive and, yes, hitting the holes. I think over these last two years I haven’t done that.”"
Meanwhile rookie corner back Malcolm Jenkins continues his assault on the Saints depth chart with continued impressive play.
In the Saints first pre-season game against the Bengals Jenkins solid play in the third and fourth quarters lead to the third turnover of the game when he shot in on a Bengal receiver, popping the ball into the air, allowing fellow teammate Jonathan Casillas to intercept the pass.
In Wednesday practice against the Houston Texans, where the Saints are preparing for their next pre-season game, Jenkins jumped a route intercepting a pass intended for receiver Jacoby Jones.
In the flash of an eye Jenkins raced seventy yards for the defensive touchdown while his teammates cheered him on.
Apparently Jenkins is learning his new defense quickly even after the rookies long holdout from the first few weeks of the Saints training camp.
"“It was cover 2; I just happened to be in the right place,” Jenkins said. “I’m pretty comfortable with the defense. Every rep we get, every practice, I’m getting more and more comfortable. Now it’s just about getting better.”"
The injury bug strikes again as left tackle Jammal Brown could possibly miss significant playing time with an apparent sports hernia, an injury that has plagued Brown for most of training camp.
Jammal flew to Philadelphia to meet with Dr. William Myers, an expert in sports hernia treatment and surgery, to evaluate the extent of the injury.
The 2-time Pro Bowler is the starter at left tackle and the man in charge of protecting Drew Brees’ blindside, the Saints don’t have many options to backup Brown as top option Zach Strief is battling a knee injury of his own.
It’s unclear if the Saints will look for veteran help in free agency but in the meantime reserve OL Jermon Bushrod will line up with the first team in preparation to start Saturday’s game against the Texans.
As always we will keep you up to date on any news regarding Brown’s injury.
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