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Dolphins will like what Bush brings if expectations are in check

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Reggie Bush has a versatile skill set that should help the Dolphins if he can stay healthy.


The Miami Dolphins' desire to add some explosiveness to their offense drove the trade for Saints running back Reggie Bush -- a move that should produce the desired effect.

Bush should allow a once innovative-turned-predictable running game to diversify. He'll be used much like he was in New Orleans as a receiver and a perimeter threat, but he could be a bigger part of the running game.

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Bush also gives Miami the big-play potential it sorely lacks. The Saints will miss what Bush brings but his salary of more than $11 million was too costly for a player that wasn't a full-time stud.

With the Dolphins, Bush will be paired with rookie Daniel Thomas, a big, turf grinder, allowing the Dolphins to change pace more often than the past few seasons. Bush won't deliver the tough yards Ronnie Brown or Ricky Williams did. If the Dolphins think he will, they could be disappointed.

The biggest issue with Bush is durability. If he's on the field, he's a perpetual threat. He's hurt too often, though, and that's why he was expendable for the Saints.

I like the move because Miami needs playmakers and some sizzle. Bush also will provide options for whomver plays quarterback. I just wouldn't expect sustained production because of Bush's injury history.

Follow Steve Wyche on Twitter @wyche89

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