*Friday's Niners Daily features an exclusive interview with running back Reggie Bush.
When a 10-year veteran speaks, people listen. That's what happened when the team's free-agent addition to the running back corps sat down with 49ers Studios.
In Bush, the San Francisco 49ers gained an experienced veteran, a versatile offensive weapon and a former Super Bowl Champion. In nine years of NFL experience, Bush has racked up 8,954 yards from scrimmage (5,465 rushing and 3,489 receiving) and 53 total touchdowns (35 rushing and 18 receiving).
The free agent addition to the San Francisco 49ers goes through drills at a recent Organized Team Activity.
Bush covered a number of topics in our sit-down, including his progress report of where the team is at through two weeks of OTAs.
"I like what I'm seeing so far. I think right now it's still early so we're still learning the new offensive system. Guys are working hard. Guys are focused. Guys are dedicated. That's the most you can ask for during OTAs."
This is Bush's fourth team having spent five years with the New Orleans Saints, two with the Miami Dolphins, and most recently, two with the Detroit Lions. The running back said 49ers offensive coordinator Geep Chryst stacks up favorably compared to other coordinators he's worked with.
"He brings a lot of energy to our offense and does well to get the most out of his players. He creates opportunities for a lot of guys. For me, it's been great because he's used me in a lot of ways that I've been used to doing in my career. It's been really good and I like what I'm seeing, but we're still hacking away at this thing."
The former second overall pick in 2006 also threw in his hat for the team's punt-return job last week. Bush owns four career punt return touchdowns but didn't return a single punt in Detroit. He explained why he missed returning punts and why special teams is such an important part of his game.
"I did miss it and I just felt like the opportunity was there for me. Just speaking with the coaches, I told them I wanted to return punts and they were all for it. I think it's something that gives me another way to showcase my talents and help the team. The past four years, just sitting back and watching, it was something I kind of missed, making an impact from a special teams standpoint."