Michael Bush #29 Running Back
DOB: June 16, 1984
6'1", 215 lbs.
5th season / Louisville
Bio - This is Bush's first year as a Chicago Bear after spending the last four as an Oakland Raider. Despite using his rookie year to rehab a leg injury, Bush has played in at least 14 games each season of his career. Bush is coming off a career year setting new personal records in five different categories. The newcomer tallied eight total touchdowns last season and has recorded 15 in the past two seasons. Bush adds another option to the Bears' running game with an already impressive crew led by Matt Forte.
Lou's Call – I loved this guy in Oakland and can't believe the Bears signed him. We haven't heard much about him because he played behind Darren McFadden but Bears GM Phil Emery saw too much of him while Emery was with the Chiefs. He's a year and a half older than Forte but he sat out most of his senior season in college and his first NFL season with a broken leg. He has 410 fewer carries than Marion Barber did when the Bears signed him and 396 fewer than Chester Taylor did. This guy still has plenty of juice in those legs and will be huge on third and fourth and one and goal line situations which have been problems for the Bears. He's averaged seven touchdowns in four seasons in Oakland as a backup. Forte had three rushing touchdowns in 2011. Now you know why I like him.
Tom's Take – Michael Bush is very capable of being a consistent 1000-yard rusher if given enough carries. He's an upgrade over Marion Barber and should be good for at least 500 rushing yards. At 235 pounds, he will also be called upon a lot in goal line situations.
Dionne's View – A near 1000-yard rusher in a back up roll? Sounds good. He led his team last year, the Raiders - a feat in and of itself. He'll be a great compliment.