Why hasn’t Reggie Bush been used more as a receiver?
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by Ben Volin
A trio of Dolphins talking points to kick off your post-Christmas food coma:
1. Why didn’t the Dolphins using Reggie Bush more as a receiver?
Bush was unstoppable in the passing game in Sunday’s 24-10 win over Buffalo. First he had a 14-yard catch on third-and-4. Then he easily burned past a linebacker across the middle for a 17-yard catch-and-run touchdown. Then he had an incredible over-the-shoulder catch on a perfect fade pass from Ryan Tannehill over two Bills defenders for another 12-yard touchdown.
Using Bush as a receiver also meant getting more action for rookie Lamar Miller, who finished with 10 carries for 73 yards and impressed the coaches.
Sherman was asked about his usage of both players on Monday. As for Bush, he said, “I don’t believe he ran any more routes than he normally does.” But in terms of finding creative ways to use Bush and Miller, Sherman said he was a bit limited in that regard early in the season as they taught their new offensive system to the players.
“You would have liked to do some things earlier but maybe we weren’t quite ready for that step,” Sherman said.
“Reggie is our featured tailback, and that in itself takes a lot of reps, a lot of teaching,” Sherman said. “He has been a part of our passing game. A lot of times, he’s made some big plays for us on third down, but I don’t feel like we did any more with him than we’ve done in the past.”
2. Dolphins may have found an intriguing option in Armon Binns.
It took 11-year veteran Jabar Gaffney four weeks to get on the field after he was signed earlier this season, but Binns was on the field just six days after being claimed.
now the Dolphins control his rights this offseason, and he could be a good depth player for their receiving corps. At 6-3 and 210 pounds, he’s also the tallest and heaviest receiver on the Dolphins’ roster, and is a mismatch in the slot.
3. Dimitri Patterson could alter offseason plans at cornerback.
Patterson was another waiver wire claim impressed the coaching staff last Sunday and could have a future in Miami beyond this Sunday’s game.
Claimed by the Dolphins on Tuesday after being waived by the Browns on Monday, Patterson didn’t just start on Sunday against Buffalo, but he played all 67 snaps. And Patterson, an eight-year veteran who has been with six teams, played well, finishing with four tackles and not allowing any big plays in the passing game.
“We were really impressed with his ability to pick up the scheme,” defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said.
Patterson’s presence could mean the Dolphins don’t need to use a high or mid-level draft pick on a cornerback. His presence could also potentially move Marshall or Wilson to free safety, if Chris Clemons, another free agent, doesn’t return.