Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush could see less touches on offense in 2014. According to ESPN.com, he’s actually fine with it.
Per the report, Bush sees the writing on the wall thanks to the Lions signing backup running back Joique Bell to a $9.3 million deal in the off-season. Bush cited giving Bell a little more work as better for the team, and also a good way to keep himself fresh for later in the season.
“That’s only going to help us toward the end of the season,” Bush said, “[it will] help us to stay healthy and probably play a little bit stronger and better toward the end of the season.”
It seems to be a much more conservative approach with new head coach Jim Caldwell at the helm, as Bush touched the ball a whopping 25 times in his Lions debut in week one last year, and ended up breaking down as early as week two. Bush went on to miss week three entirely, as well as week 14, while dealing with nagging injuries for much of his first season in Detroit.
Despite the injuries, Bush still ended up putting up just his second career 1,000+ rushing yard campaign, while also catching 54 passes and touching the ball a career high 277 times on offense. Look for that number to be down considerably in 2014.