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New Jets Spotlight: DB Josh Bush

By Alan Schechter

October 1, 2011; Boston, MA, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons safety Josh Bush (4) reacts after making an interception during the third quarter against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

Today we take a look at a guy that flew a bit under the radar for teams. Teams that aren’t the Jets, of course. He has been brought in to play some safety, and help us guard the middle of the field against our friends Gronkowski, and many others. He has the potential to do just that. Spotlight on Josh Bush, safety out of Wake Forest:

He is 5’11” 205 pounds, and runs a 4.51 forty yard dash.

He came into his own in 2011 with 6 INTs.

I couldn’t find much tape available to attach, but I did find this play from early in his career, where it looked like Bush was the receiver, and not the actual receiver:

PROS: He has good instincts, and everything I have read indicates that he is adept at shutting down the slot receiver of the opposing team. He can read the quarterback’s eyes well, and is a very instinctual player.

CONS: His biggest con is durability. He has gone through some injury issues, with hamstring and shoulder problems. His speed is decent at 4.51, but not elite.

I believe that Bush will get every chance to make an impact, especially on special teams, and in dime situations. Not sure if he has enough to crack the starting lineup, but he was one of the first rookies on the team to sign for a reason. They like him, and will have every opportunity to succeed. If he can stay healthy, look for him to make his mark in 2012.