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Bush sees himself as complete back

Posted by Larry Mayer on July 27, 2012 – 1:42 pm

Bruising running back Michael Bush is known for his ability to gain tough yards in goal-line and short-yardage situations. But the 6-1, 245-pounder prefers to be viewed as an all-around back.

“No one likes to be a battering ram. It just happens that way,” Bush said with a smile. “That’s the role that I’ve been stuck with because of my size. But if it’s what I’ve got to do, it’s what I’ve got to do.”

Last season with the Oakland Raiders, Bush tied for 13th in the NFL with a 75 percent success rate on third-and-one, picking up first downs on 12 of 16 opportunities.

The Bears signed Bush to a four-year contract in March to back up and complement starter Matt Forte. Bush spent his first five NFL seasons with the Raiders, rushing for 2,642 yards and 21 touchdowns on 256 carries while playing in 61 games with 19 starts. He has also caught 91 passes for 879 yards and 1 TD.

The Louisville product had his most productive season in 2011, setting career highs in attempts (256), yards (977), touchdowns (7), receptions (37), receiving yards (418) and starts (9).

Bush joined the Raiders in 2007 as a fourth-round draft pick, but missed his entire rookie season while recovering from a broken leg he suffered in Louisville’s 2006 opener. Since debuting in 2008, he has increased his rushing yardage each year from 421 to 589 to 655 to 977.

Asked about his comfort level in the Bears offense, Bush said: “I’m getting there. I took a break [between minicamp and training camp]. So now you’ve got to come back and learn everything and the footwork and stuff like that. I’ll be fine when it’s time to roll.”

Bush sees himself as complete back

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