Michael Bush is coming off a season where he rushed for a career-high 598 yards in 2009, despite being part of a three-back rotation.
Bush appears primed for a breakout season but even with Justin Fargas no longer in Oakland, the bruising running back will still have to share the spotlight.
Bush was the Raiders most effective runner last season but Al Davis and Co. still have a lot invested in former top draft pick Darren McFadden, who will also see time in Oakland’s backfield.
While some players might look at sharing time as a negative, Bush told the Courier-Journal that he has no problem with the current situation.
Although he still won’t be the featured back — the Raiders have a big investment in former first-round pick McFadden — Bush believes the two-back system will benefit him.
He pointed out a pattern of success including the Carolina Panthers’ use of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart and the Dallas Cowboys’ use of Marion Barber and Felix Jones.
“That’s what’s been going on in the league for a long time now,” Bush said. “Using two different backs throws the defense off, and it keeps guys healthy, so I welcome it.”
Here is my take on things: Both players will get plenty of touches, especially early in the season. However, I expect as the year goes on Bush will start getting more carries, while McFadden is used as a receiver and third-down back.
We’ll see what happens but in my opinion, McFadden isn’t an every-down back and will be much more effective in spot duty spelling Bush.