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Reggie Bush will make his Miami debut Friday

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When the Panthers head to Miami on Friday, Cam Newton will be making his debut as a starter.  More significant for the fans of the home team is that Reggie Bush will be making his debut with the Dolphins.

“We are gonna use him,” coach Tony Sparano said Wednesday regarding Bush, who dressed but didn’t play in Miami’s preseason opener against the Falcons (the photo is from pregame warmups).  “We are gonna use him some.  Get him some time in there.  Again, I gotta give five backs a look right here so we’re gonna play Reggie [Bush], play Daniel [Thomas] early in this game and then you know see how we fall with the rest of it.”

Sparano isn’t talking about how much he plans to use Bush, and he’s not telling Bush.  “I have a pretty good feel, you know, he don’t know that yet so I’m not going to share it, but I have a pretty good idea what I like to do out there,” Sparano said.  “Now, the touches can come in a bunch of ways and I don’t know if we’re going to have opportunities that way you know, but we need to try to get him involved a little bit here and get his hand on the football and let him, you know, take some of those hits and get behind that line and do some of the those things.”

Sparano also applauded Bush for putting in extra time as he prepares to get more touches than he received in New Orleans.

“I’m not asking him to do anything, you know, anything like that,” Sparano said.  “I just know that from the first day he was out here on the practice field I seen him doing extra out here.  And he hasn’t stopped there he usually ends up back in the weight room doing something even if it’s a non-lift day for him he’s doing somethin’ in there.”

Bush hopes to do more in Miami than he did in New Orleans, where he often served more as a decoy.  The question is whether he’ll get be able to withstand the extra pounding that comes from extra touches.

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25 Responses to “Reggie Bush will make his Miami debut Friday”
  1. giorgiom3 says: Aug 17, 2011 6:57 PM

    He will have a huge role in Miami and should do pretty damn good in their system…if he’s healthy…Which is a very BIG if.

  2. readysethike says: Aug 17, 2011 7:03 PM

    I don’t know what direction the coaches plan on goin in with Reggie at HB, but he’s never going to be your in between the lines RB. But if they use him like the Saints he’ll be effective.

    i think the Dolphins sleeper pick is Daniel Thomas, he was a bruiser at Kansas State, he reminds me a lil of Frank Gore.

  3. Eric Fay says: Aug 17, 2011 7:10 PM

    you know

  4. jumpinjoebuck says: Aug 17, 2011 7:16 PM

    You know?

  5. ajcard929 says: Aug 17, 2011 7:26 PM

    Sparano is the resident truck driver of NFL coaches

  6. tommynatorii says: Aug 17, 2011 7:34 PM

    Why does our coach speak like a New York meat butcher? You know?
    Reminds me of that coach Minny had for a while. Forgot his name.

  7. iplaybingowitholdpeopleandwin says: Aug 17, 2011 7:42 PM

    Bush is getting in shape for all those weeks he’ll be visiting South Beach while on IR.

  8. tmac4454 says: Aug 17, 2011 7:50 PM

    I hope that the fins have a good system for Reggie. Wild Cat, screens. Utilize Reggie for what he is. A scat back that like to jump around. Gd luck Reggie, did not like you at USC, loved you when you was with the Saints.

  9. kayotiicdat says: Aug 17, 2011 7:57 PM

    As a Saints fan I’m glad he’s gone.. He was never healthy and he made wayyyyyyy too much money and i always felt like Sean Payton was forced to give him a certain amount of touches. Miami enjoy getting 1 good game out of every 3 games from him.. and that’s when he was healthy. SEEEE YAAAAA!!! Spoles > Bush

  10. depotnator says: Aug 17, 2011 8:40 PM

    Sparano doesn’t sound too bright when he gives pressers.

  11. oldhamletman says: Aug 17, 2011 8:49 PM

    they spent big money on a guy who is only healthy for about half the games and they don’t have a QB

    just sayin

  12. frankdatank23 says: Aug 17, 2011 8:57 PM

    sparano’s actually fantastic with interviews…….. but feel free to judge his accent.

  13. FinFan68 says: Aug 17, 2011 8:57 PM

    I really wish Tony would shut up. Every time he speaks, I lose confidence in him. He does not sound like he has a clue. Everything is generalized, secretive and noncommittal. That seems to be a disconcerting trend by the top guys in this organization.

  14. FinFan68 says: Aug 17, 2011 9:03 PM

    As for Reggie, I hope they use him correctly. He is an open field threat. Screens, swing passes, sweeps/toss plays with an occasional run between the tackles. If they use him as a workhorse back and bang him up the middle a lot he will break down and be a highly paid spectator. He is a great addition if used smartly. He is closer to Eric Metcalf than he is to Emmitt Smith

  15. frankdatank23 says: Aug 17, 2011 9:05 PM

    last season drew brees and the saints offense lost their mojo without reggie….. they werent fooling anyone and were exposed as being devoid of talent. It’s time for cholston,meachem to man up. Ingram will help, but i really think having a guy like bush can really open up an offense. Thats why they signed Sproles, who by the way is hardly the same player. Keep kidding yourself. They should be alright, miami however, now has a new element not yet seen in their offense.

  16. harpoo51 says: Aug 17, 2011 9:14 PM

    Anyone want to bet that after this season Sparano will be sleeping with the fish?

  17. sclazo says: Aug 17, 2011 9:46 PM

    I hope Reggie has a great season!

  18. timegambit says: Aug 17, 2011 10:08 PM

    Is he heading down to play for the Dolphins or counsel the Hurricanes?

  19. mdd913 says: Aug 17, 2011 10:13 PM

    last season drew brees and the saints offense lost their mojo without reggie….. they werent fooling anyone and were exposed as being devoid of talent. It’s time for cholston,meachem to man up. Ingram will help, but i really think having a guy like bush can really open up an offense. Thats why they signed Sproles, who by the way is hardly the same player. Keep kidding yourself. They should be alright, miami however, now has a new element not yet seen in their offense.

    —————————————————

    Oh, pul-leeeeze. This is about the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. The Saints historically are BETTER on offense without Bush. More yards, more points, better win percentage. Look it up if you don’t believe me.

    If they missed anybody last year it was Pierre Thomas. He’s the guy that really makes the offense work. Reggie was a nice piece but hardly essential.

  20. peanutbutter&jelly says: Aug 17, 2011 10:22 PM

    FINFAN68 hit the nail on the head with the way to use bush he would be a major offensive wepon if used properly and would make everybodys job easier as he would have to be accounted for by the defense on every play

  21. ikoikofinanay says: Aug 17, 2011 11:37 PM

    Saints fan here. All the best to Reggie. I wish him the best but he’s just not an every down back. Period. It sounds like Sparano is is being a little vague about his intent. Reggie might think he’s going to get more touches than the coach intends to give him. Sparano has to be smart about how to use him. He can’t listen to what the player wants.

  22. scomibord says: Aug 18, 2011 1:43 AM

    frankdatank23 says: Aug 17, 2011 9:05 PM

    last season drew brees and the saints offense lost their mojo without reggie….. they werent fooling anyone and were exposed as being devoid of talent.

    you cannot be serious, put down the bong!

  23. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 18, 2011 1:49 AM

    Sparano has to, you know, know history, and if you know Reggie Bush’s history you’d know he rarely is healthy.
    He is soft as cotton, but fast as a ferrari.
    If you take a ferrari and run it full speed down a street with potholes, eventually it won’t be as fast and sleek anymore.
    You need a big rig to drive down the middle, not a high performance sports car.
    Take heed.

    p.s. don’t be jealous she’s getting married, you had your chance, just watch the tapes, we know you got ‘em. :)

  24. bullethead527 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:52 PM

    Reggie should be a slot WR, he cant run between the tackles without getting injured, I think if he was a slot WR, he would have a better career, that dude in space is dangerous!!!

  25. bullethead527 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:57 PM

    Oh and if Thomas Davis can run stride for stride with Deangleo Williams I’m pretty sure he can keep up with Bush, Davis and Anderson will start vs Phins on friday with Connor or Gaither at MLB, we going to be aggressive and attack the phins O line and I think we going to shut that Offense down, I’m just wondering about Bush if he is used properly in the screen or short passes out of BF, but Cam will get his start with Smith and Olsen and maybe Shockey and Edwards and D will, cant wait!!!!

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