Not that such a result would create much shock given the player in question and the offense in which he operates, but still. Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Tuesday that Reggie Bush "could potentially catch 60-70-80 passes" this season, via DetroitLions.com writer Tim Twentyman.
That's a lot of receptions, but it's not totally out of this world for Bush. He caught 88 passes as a rookie and then 73 passes in 12 games the following year. Yes, that was seven seasons ago, but Bush is still a top-notch receiving back, and the Lions are still going to throw it a ton. Consider two things:
One, Joique Bell caught 52 passes for the Lions last year. Is it really inconceivable that a more-talented RB who is still in his prime and will be on the field for a much larger percentage of snaps can catch 80? Also, the Lions aren't exactly deep with quality receivers right now. Past that big guy, Nate Burleson will turn 32 in August and is coming off a broken leg. Ryan Broyles has youth on his side, but he suffered an ACL injury in December. Then you have Kris Durham, Mike Thomas and tight end Brandon Pettigrew. If Father Time finally catches Burleson, and Broyles' knees just don't hold up, I think it's possible that Bush would be Matthew Stafford's second-favorite target. I don't want to get carried away ... but Bush's PPR value is absolutely through the roof right now.