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Dolphins’ offensive player to watch: Reggie Bush

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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.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.


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