Daily Focus: Can Reggie Bush revive his career in Buffalo?
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Impact of Reggie Bush on Bills’ rushing attack: At 31 years old and coming off a serious meniscus injury, Reggie Bush is far from an in-demand commodity. He managed a meager 49 snaps in 2015 and just 302 a year before that. Realistically, it’s not ridiculous to think Bush may not even make the Bills final 53. It’s clear that the former No. 2 overall pick understands that, as he’s stated he’s willing to return kicks and punts.
The move makes sense stylistically for Buffalo, as his running style compares similarly to LeSean McCoy’s. Both have shown the ability to create big runs when blocking breaks down, while also having the unfortunate knack of abandoning clean running lanes. As a coach, you just hope the good outweighs the bad, and that hasn’t been the case for Bush in awhile. He still has natural receiving ability out of the backfield, and can stand in for McCoy there.
McCoy’s stock has been on the rise
The suspension for Karlos Williams opened for door for Bush to sign in Buffalo, but it also bumped up McCoy’s overall value.
Will Joey Bosa’s holdout affect his performance as a rookie? The new CBA was supposed to make contract negotiations a cinch, but don’t tell that to Chargers general manager Tom Telesco. Training camp rolls on in San Diego without the third-overall pick in April’s draft, as both sides have dug in over “offset language” to defer a portion of Bosa’s signing bonus. In the grand scheme of things, missing a few days—or even a few weeks—of training camp is not a huge deal. But if the Chargers want Bosa to make an impact along their defensive line right awa—and they certainly need him to—these reps could impact how quickly Bosa acclimates to the NFL.
The Chargers didn’t have a single down-lineman a season ago post even 20 total pressures. The competition level is obviously different, but Bosa led all NCAA pressures back in 2014 (65) before finishing third last season (70) while playing fewer snaps.
Steelers can’t afford to lose Senquez Golson for any more time: After a shoulder injury cost the Steelers’ former second-round pick his entire rookie season, Senquez Golson is back in the training room. This time, an apparent foot injury took him out of practice on Monday. The Steelers’ secondary was one of the most maligned in all of the league last season. They’ve since parted ways with our second-lowest-graded cornerback from 2015, Antwon Blake (Titans), but there is no guarantee that either first-round pick Artie Burns (University of Miami) or second-round pick Sean Davis (Maryland)—who replaced Golson when he went down—will be ready to step into a starting role effectively.
Golson was one of our favorite slot cornerback options in the 2015 draft after he posted the highest coverage grade of any defensive back in 2014. His 10 interceptions led the country that year. Hopefully Golson gets back to running with the first team in the slot for Pittsburgh sooner rather than later.