Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Reggie Bush in spotlight as camps open
Drafted second overall by the New Orleans Saints in 2006, Reggie Bush has never lived up to expectations as a runner, but is one of the best receiving tailbacks in the league.
Since his rookie season, he ranks 42nd with 2,090 rushing yards, and has just one 100-yard game. However, among running backs since 2006, he has the most receptions (294), second-most touchdown receptions (12) and the highest receiving yards per game (35.7).
Bush is scheduled to earn nearly $12 million in 2011, and it’s likely that the Saints will cut him unless they can re-structure his deal. New Orleans drafted running back Mark Ingram in the first round of this year’s draft, and also has tailbacks Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory returning.
If Bush is cut from the Saints, he will become a footnote in history, with the fifth-fewest rushing yards by a running back drafted in the top two for his drafting team. The fewest is 747 yards rushing by Ki-Jana Carter, who was drafted by the Bengals in 1995.
McNabb wearing out welcome in Washington
Donovan McNabb clashed with head coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in his first season with the Washington Redskins in 2010, and was benched at the end of the season. Despite signing a contract extension in November, he could be traded or cut prior to the start of training camp.
McNabb had one of the worst seasons of his career last year, with his most losses (8) and most interceptions (15) in a season, and his fewest touchdown passes (14) and lowest passer rating (77.1) since 1999.
However, his legacy as a dual-threat quarterback remains untouched. He is one of four players in NFL history with at least 30,000 passing yards, 200 passing touchdowns, 3,000 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns.
Palmer one of Bengals' best under center
Bengals owner Paul Brown said he won't trade Carson Palmer, who is under contract through 2014, and considers the former No. 1 overall pick retired.
Palmer has re-written the Bengals’ record books with his play behind center, compiling the second-most completions (2,024), third-most passing touchdowns (154) and third-most passing yards (22,694) in team history.
Although Palmer had 20 interceptions last season, he was successful at stretching the field. His passer rating of 106.1 on throws least 30 yards down the field was the second-best in the league behind only Kyle Orton (124.1) .