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Bush changing people’s perceptions

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 20, 2012 – 2:55 pm

A few weeks ago in training camp Michael Bush insisted that he’s more than just a bruising battering ram capable of lowering his head and driving the pile back a yard or two.

The 6-1, 245-pound running back proved that assertion in Saturday night’s preseason win over the Redskins, nimbly faking out linebacker Perry Riley on an eight-yard touchdown run.

“I think he has quicker feet than anyone anticipated, making the guy miss in the hole,” quarterback Jay Cutler said Monday at Halas Hall. “That kind of threw us for a loop just watching it.”

Bush signed a four-year contract with the Bears in March after spending 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 also caught 91 passes for 879 yards and 1 TD.

“He’s a hard worker,” Cutler said. “He’s a professional. He can do it all. He can catch passes. He’s a sleeper. He turns it on on game days and he can make plays for you.”

Bush knows there are perceptions of him that aren’t true.

“Just because I have a long stride, some people say I’m slow,” Bush said. “Because I’m big, some people say I can’t move. But I don’t know what y’all been watching. I’ve been doing it for a while.

“I think you guys don’t know what you guys got. I just keep showing everybody each week and just getting better. I know what I can do. I just need for you guys to believe as well.”

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