Camp Spotlight: Safety Rafael Bush

Posted Aug 1, 2016

Tim Twentyman tracks the performance of safety Rafael Bush during Day 4 of training camp practice.


Position: Safety

Ht./Wt.: 5-11, 205

College: South Carolina State

Experience: 6th season

Outlook: Bush was signed in the offseason to step in and compete for the starting role at strong safety.

He has the most starting experience of the group – 14 games over the last three seasons – but injuries have derailed his last two seasons. Bush was limited to one game last year by a torn pectoral muscle and missed six games in 2014 with a broken tibia.

When healthy, Bush is a versatile safety that both covers and plays the box well.

Practice report: It was a pretty uneventful Monday at practice for Bush, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing when you’re talking about the safety position.

Bush showed off his versatility playing in the box, out in cover two and even in some single-high looks. He made a nice play filling a running lane in a team drill that would have resulted in no gain if it were a game.

He was good in coverage all day, especially on tight end Eric Ebron, as no throws went his way in seven-on-seven or team drills.

He’s been taking a majority of the first-team reps next to Glover Quin, but that four-man competition between Bush, Tavon Wilson, Isaiah Johnson and Miles Killebrew is far from over.

Quotable: “That’s how the NFL is,” Bush said of not seeing much action at practice Monday. “That’s how games can go sometimes. Throughout the season it may be a couple of weeks you might not get any action and then a couple of weeks where you get a ton of action.

“You just have to continue to work on your eyes, technique and study and the plays will come to you. You don’t want to rush them.”