NFL veteran and free agent Reggie Bush may be the man backing up All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy for the first four regular-season games on the Buffalo Bills schedule. Karlos Williams would be the man expected to fill that role for Buffalo, but he will be forced to serve a four-game suspension. Bush and the Bills were reportedly having conversations about a contract over the past few weeks, and Buffalo confirmed that Reggie was in town Monday morning for a visit and a physical. Sources say that if Bush passes the physical, the deal is all but sealed.
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As reported by FanSided, Reggie Bush flew into Buffalo Monday morning to visit with the team, as confirmed by the Bills’ Twitter account. While they have been in talks for weeks, this was the first face-to-face between Reggie and Buffalo. The Bills first made Bush an offer about a week before training camp, but the 10-year veteran didn’t accept right away. After weighing his options, which were likely few, he appears ready to be coached by Rex Ryan.
As noted by the New York Post, there is a little history between Rex Ryan and Reggie Bush. In 2012, while Ryan was coaching the New York Jets and Bush was playing for the Miami Dolphins, Rex made a comment that his defense needed to “put some hot sauce” on Reggie. The running back took that to mean the coach wanted one of his players to rough Bush up so bad that he would suffer an injury. In that game, one of Ryan’s own players, cornerback Darrelle Revis, left the game with a torn ACL.
In addition to being a very solid back-up to run the ball, Bush is also considered a double-threat off the snap as a receiver. He surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in both 2011 and 2013. When combined with his receiving yards, he broke 1,000 yards in his rookie season and reached 998 yards the following year, adding even more value to his stock is his kick return ability.
Bush only played five games last season as injuries continued to plague him. He had a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that neither party seemed interested in renewing. Prior to that, Reggie had a two-year stint with the Detroit Lions, preceded by two years with the Miami Dolphins. He spent the first five years of his career in New Orleans after being drafted by the Saints. Due to recurring injury issues, Bush has only played 16 games in two of his 10 seasons in the NFL.
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With a record of 8-8, the Buffalo Bills finished the 2015 NFL season at third place in the AFC East. They were eighth overall in the AFC Conference, missing the playoffs by two spots.
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Assuming Bush signs with the Bills, he’s expected to play the four games that Karlos Williams will miss. Reggie would see action in Baltimore against the Ravens in Week 1, at home against the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals in Weeks 2 and 3 and in New England against the Patriots in Week 4.
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