He is the perfect modern-day back, a pass catcher who can turn a 5-yard gain into a 50-yard gain. He might not be the great inside-the-tackles runner, but his value to the Saints offense is enormous.
I talked to a lot of quarterbacks this summer that raved about the Saints ability to check the ball down to Bush, creating real problems for a defense. His burst makes it tough to cover him as a check-down option. With Drew Brees being as accurate as he is with the passing game, that's been a real weapon for the Saints.
Bush is ideal for the offense. That isn't to say Pierre Thomas can't pick up the slack since he's a pretty good receiver out of the backfield. But Thomas doesn't present the fear factor that Bush does.
Bush's broken leg is one that the New Orleans offense -- and the return game -- will feel in a big way.
You can bet the Atlanta Falcons are relieved they won't face him this week in that big NFC South game.
Bush might not be what many expected when he was the second overall pick in the draft, but he is what you want in a back for an offense where passing is the premium.