The Saints have lost last years leading rusher (Pierre Thomas) and this years (Chris Ivory) to season ending injuries and while Reggie Bush will start the game at Seattle, running back Julius Jones has the ability to be a major factor for the Saints during the playoffs,but especially against the Seattle Seahawks.
The New Orleans Saints chose the Hiesman Trophy winning running back Reggie Bush out of USC as their first pick and second overall in the 2006 draft because of his ability to make plays every time he touched the ball.
Saints coach Sean Payton had visions of the type of plays he could run with a back like Bush playing for the Saints and Saturday in Qwest field he will get his chance to start against his former coach.
Although Bush hasn’t made the pro bowl since his arrival in New Orleans, he has been a intricate part of the Saints offensive scheme, and he constantly causes opponents defenses to have to plan against him, which is never easy and it always leaves other offensive play makers open.
After missing most of this season with the broken bone in his right leg he is beginning to come on strong. The Saints think Bush is ready to show the rest of the NFL what he really is capable of doing as a starter.
Bush is already a serious threat from anywhere on the field and will command respect from Seattle’s defense.
He has more than 4,900 all purpose yards mainly from playing the role of a third down back and punt returner since joining the Saints in 2006.
Saints number two running back this week is Julius Jones formally of Seattle who should have a big chip on his shoulder and want to prove it was a mistake on their part for dumping him in favor of running back Marshawn Lynch who they aquired from the Bill’s.
Another advantage with having Julius Jones is he is already familiar with the Saints offensive scheme because of his playing time under Sean Payton when he was the offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys.
Last but not least Jones should have plenty of knowledge about the Seahawks offensive and defensive play book.
Jones is just one of several running backs on the Saints active roster, along with Reggie Bush, DeShawn Wynn and rookie running back Joique Bell,who was signed off of the Eagle’s practice squad Wednesday.
They will all play and contribute against the Seattle Seahawks 21st ranked defense to allow quarter back Drew Brees time to make his reads and throw the ball to open Saints receivers.
Saints Quarterback Drew Brees has the mentality and the weapons on offence to carry the Saints past this round of the playoffs against Seattle but the running backs need to do their part.
The running back duo of Bush and Jones will be the face of the Saints franchise durng their run for their ultimate goal of winning two consecutive Super Bowl’s.
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