Bush Looking for Big Plays

Reggie Bush came to the Miami Dolphins hoping to prove that he could indeed be the every-down, featured back that he had never been during his years with the New Orleans Saints. He wanted to prove he could effectively run between the tackles, and wanted to prove that he could remain durable.

Four games into the season, though, Bush, has produced more questions than answers. He has averaged just 3 yards per carry and hasn't stood out in the Dolphins' passing game, either.

A Monday night game at the New York Jets could provide Bush just what he needs to get going. The Jets are allowing an average of 134.8 rushing yards per game, which ranks 26th in the NFL. Opposing runners have gained an average of 4.2 yards per carry against the Jets.

Bush said on Thursday that his goal is to gain at least 4 yards every time he touches the ball.

"I just got to work on 4 yards every time I touch the ball, every time I run the ball, at least," Bush said. "Giving the offense a chance at second-and-shorts, third-and-shorts, especially against the New York Jets. Just focusing on doing the little things right and not so much about the big plays. The big plays will come."

The big plays haven't come yet, though. Not for Bush, anyway. His longest run of the season is 16 yards.

Though Dolphins coach Tony Sparano continues to claim that Bush remains the team's No. 1 running back, rookie Daniel Thomas received more work — and was more productive — in the two games in which he played.

Thomas could return on Monday night after missing time with a hamstring injury.

Bush said he's hopeful that Thomas can play against the Jets.

"Obviously Daniel brings a lot to the table," Bush said. "He's a great player and he's explosive and he brings a power game to this run game, to this offense. I think we do a good job of being that one-two punch combination together, so hopefully we'll get him back soon."


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