Reports have #49ers signing Reggie Bush
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After visiting the New England Patriots yesterday, running back Reggie Bush has agreed to sign on with the San Francisco 49ers. With Frank Gore moving on to the Indianapolis Colts and guard Mike Iupati now with the Arizona Cardinals, it appears the 49ers are getting away from smash-mouth football.
In his first five years with the New Orleans Saints, Bush wasn’t much of a pure running back, averaging under four yards per carry in three of those years. But he was a very effective receiver out of the backfield and helped the Saints win a Super Bowl as a scat-back. Then he went to the Miami Dolphins where he fell just 14 yards short of going over 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.
He then went to the Detroit Lions, where he had another 1,000-yard season but had an ankle injury that never really healed in 2014. The 30-year old, former No. 2 overall pick never did live up to expectations as injuries have plagued his career throughout. There will be a competition between Bush Carlos Hyde to see who will be taking over the featured-back role for the 49ers in 2015.
But Bush will at least be the 49ers third-down, scat-back to catch passes out of the backfield. The size of his role will depend on what type of scheme new offensive coordinator Geep Chryst puts in with quarterback Collin Kaepernick. Either way, the 49ers’ plan for Bush has to be one that puts him out in space where he is most dangerous.