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Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Dolphins’ offensive player to watch: Reggie Bush


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How he beats you: At his best when playing in space, the 6-foot, 203-pound Bush is startling to settle in with the Dolphins and is being used in a variety of ways. He has great speed, agility and elusiveness. He’s a good route-runner and has good hands. Bush leads the Dolphins in rushing with 88 carries for 427 yards (4.9 yards per carry) and a touchdown. He also has 24 catches for 164 yards and a touchdown. In a narrow defeat by the New York Giants two weeks ago, Bush rushed for 103 yards on 15 carries, and last week he had 142 yards of offense (92 rushing, 50 receiving). “He’s more of the feature back now so he gets more of your traditional runs, but he’s a guy who likes to get out in space,” Redskins defensive end Kedric Golston says. “That’s what he likes to do. He’s a smaller guy, shifty and does well in space, so they find ways to put him in those situations.”

How to stop him: The best way for the Redskins to hold Bush in check is to avoid one-on-one tackling situations. “You’ve got to get multiple guys to the ball,” Golston says. The less room Bush has to work with, the more normal he becomes. The Redskins also need to protect the edges. Bush isn’t a very strong interior runner, and not being very big, he isn’t going to run over anybody.

Bottom line: The Redskins expect to see the Dolphins use Bush in a variety of ways. Unlike in New Orleans, where he wasn’t the feature back, he has a more conventional role with the Dolphins. But they do still find ways to move him around, as they use him as a receiver out of the backfield. Says DeAngelo Hall: “He’s an OK running back, but he’s a great football player. They have to find ways to get him the ball. Last week they found ways to get him the ball on the edge and split him out at wide receiver, they threw some screens to him. He’s not just a running back. When he’s on the edge, we’ll treat him like a receiver. When he’s at running back, we’ll treat him like a running back.”

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