NOTEBOOK: Reggie wants the rock; scouting report on Peterson and Megatron explains the soda machine

Posted Sep 12, 2013

In games that RB Reggie Bush carries the ball 19-plus times, his team's have a 9-2 record over his career

Reggie Bush wants the football and history is on the Detroit Lions side if they continue to feed it to him.

Reggie BushRB Reggie Bush (Photo: G.Smith/Detroit Lions)

Bush had 25 touches (21 rushes) and amassed 191 total yards in Detroit’s win against Minnesota last week. It was just the 11th time in Bush’s eight-year career that he’s carried the football 19-plus times in a game.

In those games, his team has a 9-2 record.

"I definitely welcome it," Bush said of the workload he got last week. "I’m a competitor and I love having the ball in my hands. I love being able to make plays and help will my team to a win."

Bush did exactly that as the Lions dispatched of the Vikings, 34-24. He also showed he could play through an assortment of injuries, which include a dislocated thumb, a pulled groin and a sore knee on this week's injury report.

"All my parts are still there, my limbs are still here — I'm still in one piece," he said after practice Wednesday.

Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Bush’s workload will very from week-to-week, but he’s not concerned about any toll that many carries might take on him.

"Some games he’s going to have that," Linehan said. "Some games he’s going to have less.

"He was going to be the primary guy until they were to change and basically take him away."

The Vikings never changed their defense and the Lions continued to feed Bush, which is the dynamic he brings to the offense. They now have options.

Bush carried the ball more than 200 times in each of the last two seasons in Miami and had more than 2,000 combined rushing yards, so carrying the load isn't that new for him, it's just something he hasn't had to do a lot of over a number of years like other backs.

Bush says he’s ready for a similar workload in Arizona on Sunday if the game plan calls for it.

"I honestly think we are just scratching the surface of what we can do in this offense," he said.


The Lions face one of the premiere players in the NFL this week in the Cardinals' Patrick Peterson. He’s so dynamic of a player in his third season; the Cardinals will use him as a starting cornerback, their main punt returner and they have a package for him on offense as a receiver.

"He’s a guy that with the ball in his hands he can score a touchdown," head coach Jim Schwartz said. "There are a lot of guys like that. Not many can do it in so many different phases. He does it in punt returns, interceptions, fumble recoveries.

"They scheme the ball to get the ball to him in offense. They have worked that into their package. He ran a wildcat play against us last year. He’s the guy that when you have a play maker like that you want to put the ball in his hands. We just have to be alert every time (No.) 21 comes on the field. We have to do our jobs and make sure that he doesn’t make a big play in the game."

Here’s a quick scouting report on Peterson from two guys who might see Peterson up close and personal come Sunday.

Nate Burleson: "One, he’s a playmaking cornerback. There are different types of cornerbacks. There’s hitting cornerbacks, coverage cornerbacks, he’s a playmaking cornerback, which means he’s not always content with being there and getting a tackle after you catch it. He wants to get the (pass breakup) or the interception.

"He’s strong. He plays his hands well and he knows that. Some corners don’t know how big they are and strong they are and how much of an advantage they really have. He knows he can knock receivers off balance with a couple jabs.

"And then, obviously, he has good speed, which is one thing you can’t teach."

Calvin Johnson: "He’s physical. He likes to get his hands on you. He presses all the time. The thing is, we’re going to see a lot of man coverage, so we’re going to have a lot of opportunities."


A soda machine?

Calvin Johnson, a.k.a. Megatron, couldn’t transform into anything cooler than a soda machine is his newest ESPN commercial?

"I guess it just fit the setting," Johnson said of the Transformers-like transformation he makes from himself into a soda machine in the ESPN offices in his new commercial.

Johnson joked that he doesn’t give change and drinks are $2 in his machine.

"They had the whole idea set up and the director explained it to me when I got there and I just ran with it," Johnson said. "I take pleasure in the fact that all the guys like it and my family likes it and everything."