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Will Reggie Bush repeat 2011 success?

Updated: July 31, 2012, 8:51 AM ET
By Eric Karabell

Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush finished 12th in standard scoring among running backs last season. He was one of 15 running backs to rush for more than 1,000 yards, and of that group nobody averaged more yards per rush than he did, at 5.0. Unlike Michael Turner, Bush isn't 30 years old. Unlike Frank Gore, he isn't part of a team that openly discussed a potentially reduced workload and brought in immediate help. Unlike Darren Sproles, Bush is not dependent on receptions. So why are Turner, Gore and Sproles ranked higher and being drafted ahead of Reggie Bush?

Sometimes it takes more than one breakthrough season to convince people that past negative factors have disappeared. In Bush's case, durability had never been a strong point, but he also didn't seem to possess the running style and power to warrant more than 200 rushing attempts. While injuries and team offensive strategy (we know now) were surely a factor, Bush totaled 212 rushing attempts his final three seasons with the New Orleans Saints. Expecting 216 chances in his first season with Miami, considering the franchise chose Daniel Thomas in the second round of the draft, was folly.

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