Running back Reggie Bush probably knew for most of this off season that he was not going to return to as a member of the New Orleans Saints.
He fought off constant questions surrounding the re-structuring of his whopping 11.8 million dollar contract, and maintained that his desire was to return to the Saints for a sixth season.
As it turns out that wasn’t the case, which everyone close to the sport already knew, and in the end Bush chose to move on as a member of the Miami Dolphins after agreeing to a new deal in a trade last month.
The Dolphins also promised Bush something the Saints would not, a chance to star as the number one back, which truly is what he wanted all along.
New Orleans had already tried that, and Reggie failed.
The Saints have moved on already — drafting Mark Ingram prior to Bush’s departure — they signed all-purpose running back Darren Sproles the same day he was traded.
So far in training camp all indications are that Sproles is a superb fit in Sean Payton’s offense, and the well-oiled machine the high octane offense is known to be should only be better with his addition.
Miami has been tight lipped about Bush and what their plan when it comes to utilizing him in the offense. Will they follow Payton’s blueprint or go a different direction?
He is however listed as the top running back on the depth chart, and tonight he will get the start as an “every down” back against the Panthers.
All eyes will be on Bush tonight, how effective he will be, and if he can handle the workload.
Most are skeptical, which is understandable, as he averaged only eight touches a game rushing the ball in five years with the Saints.
He has also been one of the most injury prone running backs in the league.
Pundits declare if he couldn’t hold up with the light work load in New Orleans, how is he ever going to survive the pounding in Miami.
Bush may come out and shock Saints fans by running over opponents while displaying the “wiggle’ that made him a college star.
Then again maybe not, maybe it will be more of the same old Reggie — negative runs.