Reggie Bush has not been at his best in each of the Lions’ 4 losses. ( Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports )
“It won’t happen again, inch he vowed Wednesday afternoon.
Asked if he was indeed guaranteeing no more fumbles this year, Bush replied, “Yeah. ”
Bush can’t wait for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to make up for his disappointing performance three times ago in a loss at Pittsburgh.
“I’m extremely inspired, ” Bush said. “I could have played the game yesterday if they allow me to. Anytime you have a game like I had formed, the fumble and not playing too, the game can’t come fast enough.
“I’m making sure I’m doing everything this week that I can to put myself and my group in the best possible situation and just in order to bounce back and be the player I know I can be. It will happen. I’ve been on this situation before. It will happen. inch
Bush has not been from his best in each of the Lions’ four losses. He rushed meant for 25 yards on nine carries, with one fumble, at Az before leaving with a knee injury. He finished with 13 carries for 44 yards at Eco-friendly Bay. He had 50 yards on 20 attempts against Cincinnati.
And then there was Sunday’s ordeal when he went for just 31 yards on 12 carries, including the second-quarter fumble, before spending much of the game on the sideline watching.
“He’s definitely a key and we need to get him back on the right track this week, ” coach Jim Schwartz said.
Bush, in the eighth season in the NFL and first in Detroit after signing as an unrestricted free agent final March, said he understood the reason why he lost playing time Sunday to reserve running Joique Bell and even rookie Theo Riddick.
“When you turn the particular ball over, you put your group in bad situations, that’s what happens, you might get benched, ” Bush mentioned. “I’ve been in this league lengthy enough to know that could happen.
“I’ll bounce back this game. Theo and Joique are great players. They performed well. … I look forward to bouncing back. These are types of situations great athletes will bounce back. ”
After the last game, Bush acknowledged that he expects the Buccaneers to try to go after him.
Tampa Bay ranks tied meant for 17th in forced fumbles with seven in 10 games and tied for 19th in fumble recoveries with four.
Cornerback Darrelle Revis leads the particular team with two forced fumbles and is tied for the team guide with one fumble recovery.
“I know they’re going to be gunning for the ball and they’re going to do everything they can to remove the ball away, ” Bush said. “It’s on me to make sure it doesn’t happen again. ”
Asked about the reason for the fumbling problems, Bush said, “Not thinking enough, not protecting the basketball, not being aware enough of our surroundings.
“I was actually protecting as I was going down (against Pittsburgh). I just didn’t squeeze it tight enough.
“That just comes with me psychologically, constantly reminding myself all week throughout practice, just making sure I’m high and tight whether I’m going through the hole or whether it’s right after practice and I’m doing a few extra drills. Those are the things that will help me to make sure that doesn’t take place again. It won’t happen again. inch
Not only does Bush need to bounce back, so do the Lions, which lost their one-game lead within the NFC North and are now linked for first place with the Chicago Has.
Bush said he didn’t think there was enough sense of urgency in Pittsburgh, a minimum of not for four quarters.
“If we get caught looking ahead, Tampa Bay will certainly beat us, ” said Bush, who has rushed for 654 back yards and two touchdowns and caught 36 passes for 366 back yards and two more TDs this year. “We’re in no position in order to overlook anybody right now.
“This last loss was one which stings pretty badly. We know we’re able to have and should have won that game and we let that one slide away. We have to bounce back.
“Our sense of urgency definitely needs to be high. It definitely has to increase. We need to start fast. We need to become the most physical team on the football field.
“We can’t just show up in the 2nd quarter, put 27 points for the board (like they did against the Steelers) and expect that to be enough to win us the game. We need to play consistent football throughout the game in all three phases. inch
The perception is that Bush struggles in poor field conditions after what happened Sunday within Pittsburgh on a wet, muddy field.
Even his coach conceded that Bush is not a “mudder. ”
Luckily for the Lions, they play five of their last six games indoors, including four at Ford Industry.
A fast track and a motivated Bush – sounds like a mixture that will make him very difficult to stop.
Schwartz’s “I’m not scared” comment in reference to his choice to try a fake field goal that failed against Pittsburgh, has been highly scrutinized, including by Hall of Fame receiver Cris Billings, now an analyst for ESPN.
“I wish he was scared, ” Carter mentioned. “Because dumb is not a better option. ”
— Security Glover Quin, who has missed only one game in his first 4 1/2 NFL seasons, sat out Wednesday’s practice while wearing a protective shoe on his left foot. Quin mentioned he has been wearing the shoe for several weeks and expects to play Sunday.
— Cornerback Bill Bentley practiced for the first time since struggling a knee injury in the Based in dallas game on October 27.
— Receiver Nate Burleson worked with the first-team offense, a great sign that he could be back in the selection this week after missing seven online games with a broken left forearm.
— Tight end Dorin Dickerson returned to practice, a month and a day after he had been released, all part of the ongoing roster balancing. A spot opened up for Dickerson right after running back Montell Owens (knee) was placed on season-ending injured reserve.
— Running back again Steven Miller was re-signed to the practice squad, replacing tight end Martell Webb, who was released. Callier was released August 31, re-signed Sept 1 to the practice squad, released October 17, re-signed October 21, released November 5 and re-signed Wednesday.