By Ashley Dunkak
DETROIT (CBS DETROIT) – New Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush talked with Terry Foster and Bob Wojnowski of 97.1 The Ticket Friday about the first day of training camp, why he chose the Lions and what he hopes to do for the team this season.
Compared to other teams he has played on, Bush said the Lions’ first day went smoothly.
“I felt like we looked pretty good for our first day out there,” he said. “I didn’t feel like we were sloppy. Not a whole lot of mistakes or penalties. I’ve been on teams where the first day is just complete chaos. So everybody looks like they were focused in and we got a lot of work done. We executed, and that’s really all you can ask for on the first day of practice.”
It sounded like an extension of the positive impression Bush had of the team when he signed. Bush spoke with coaches at length and liked what they had to say, but he seemed most impressed with the greeting of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who flew with the coaches to meet Bush.
“It kind of reminded me of when I was getting drafted and I got drafted to the Saints and [quarterback] Drew Brees called me and told me how excited he was to have me and have me come play with them and so on,” Bush said. “He really didn’t have to take time out of his day to come and fly to meet with me … It’s not his job to do that, and he didn’t have to do that. So it speaks volumes about the type of player he is, type of person he is and the distance he’s willing to go.”
Besides his positive interactions with coaches and Stafford, Bush loved the offensive possibilities for a running back that come because of the fearsome presence of wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
“I think for any running back, once you see how big those holes are in there with the way they play Calvin Johnson, it’s a running back’s dream,” Bush said.
Bush said he hopes to expand the offense the way former Lions running back Jahvid Best did before suffering a concussion that ultimately – along with previous concussions – ended Best’s career.
“[He] really opened up, I thought, the offense for them,” Bush said. “He really brought another element, another dimension to the offense that they hadn’t had and that really, I thought, complemented Stafford and Calvin and the rest of the guys out there.
“Hopefully we can duplicate that,” Bush added.