Bush sees winning pieces in Detroit

Detroit's newest running back believes talent, character and attitude will carry Lions in 2013

Author: Mark Pierce, Sports Reporter, mpierce@wdiv.com
Published On: Jul 26 2013 11:28:38 PM EDT
DETROIT, Mich. -

Reggie Bush will be the first to say the Lions have the winning pieces on their team.

Detroit's newest running back has already noticed a winning atmosphere in the locker room.

"This team has that chemistry where guys have been here for a couple years," Bush said. "The chemistry is here. We have all the guys."

And Bush has fit right in. Matthew Stafford is quick to point out that Bush plays a vital role in the locker room culture.

"He's a veteran guy that's bringing a lot to that room," Stafford said.  "The younger guys are responding."

Complementing that chemistry is the talent the Lions have on the field. After only one day of training camp, it's hard not to notice. The players understand that earning playing time will be competitive.

"We have a ton of talent which means everybody has to step up everday," Nate Burleson said.  "If you have a chance to make a play, you better make a play. The only thing that's going to last at the end of the day is what you put on film."

Bush's impact on the field has been one of the most talked about additions to the Lions' high-octane offense. The multi-threat running back is expecting his style to blend seamlessly with Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson.

"I've experienced 25 carries a game and I've experienced three carries a game where I'm catching balls more," Bush said of his versatility. "I think this is going to be the best fit for me."

Detroit fans hope so. Injuries have plagued the Lions at the running back position in years past but with Mikel Leshoure healthy and Reggie Bush coming off two successful seasons, the Lions may finally see a well-balanced offense when the regular season begins.