Thus far we've taken a look at how many yards guys like Carlos Hyde, Torrey Lynch and Colin Kaepernick will put up over the course of the 2015-16 season. I've tried to generally be positive with the numbers I've set, especially in the case of tight end Vernon Davis -- you can find the links to all of those at the bottom of this article. Today, we're going to take a look at the newest San Francisco 49ers running back: Reggie Bush.
Bush is one of the more versatile running backs in the league and I think that versatility is how he'll impact the 49ers. That doesn't necessarily mean I expect Bush to put up big numbers rushing, receiving or even returning kicks but I do expect his presence on the field will make the 49ers a more unpredictable and interesting offense. I think that's a net gain, whatever happens when the ball is thrust in his direction.
That said, I expect the 49ers will try and get him the football early and often. Bush is a playmaker, even if he hasn't been a consistent one and even if he's clearly lost a step at this point in his career. A 3.9-yard rushing average in 2014 doesn't inspire confidence, but he's only a season removed from putting up 1,006 rushing yards and four touchdowns, with a per-carry average of 4.5 yards. He also had 506 yards and three touchdowns receiving that year.
As far as this past season goes, he didn't catch a single touchdown reception and only managed 253 rteceiving yards. That's with significantly fewer snaps and significantly fewer targets, though. As to how many touches he'll get from the 49ers, I'm honestly not sure. I don't know how the team feels about Kendall Hunter at this stage.
All that said, I'm going to set an over/under on carries at 80, rushing yards at 300, receptions at 30 and receiving yards at 200. These numbers are on the low end overall for Bush, but definitely on the high end for a 49ers backup running back, so I'm interested to see how you folks think this shakes out.