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What They Said: Transcript of Reggie Bush's introductory press conference

RB Reggie Bush

Q: So how happy are you to have this opportunity or what do you see in this opportunity?

A: Yeah, I’m very excited to be here. I’m very excited to be back to playing football and back on the team. This has been the first offseason I’ve spent without going to minicamp and OTAs and it was kind of nice actually to take a little break. But it’s good to be back to football and I felt like the opportunity here is special for me and for the team, for the coaching staff, and for the fans as well so I’m looking forward to getting on the field and helping out this team.

Q: How long do you think it might take you to be in game shape having missed OTAs and minicamp?

A: I don’t think it’ll take long. If I haven’t figured it out by now then I guess I won’t ever have it, right? So I figured it’ll take me a week, max, to just kind of get into the flow and get used to the environment, the new team, the coaches, the players, the field, the fans, but it won’t take long.

Q: You had the knee injury last year in San Francisco, so what was that recovery like and was there any concern that it could prevent you from this chance?

A: The recovery, it wasn’t too bad. I’ve went through worse. I guess the good thing is I’ve been through enough injuries to where I knew what to expect and how to handle it and how to approach it on a day-to-day basis. So I felt like from a recovery standpoint and rehab process, everything went extremely smooth. I was back to full-strength months ago, a long time ago. Now, I’m in shape, in full-strength and ready to go so I should have no limitations on the football field.

Q: Because the Bills have a night practice tomorrow then they have a day off, do you expect to be on the field…

A: I planned it that way. No, I’m joking. I’m sorry, what was your question? I cut you off.

Q: Do you anticipate you’ll be taking the field for practice tomorrow?

A: Yeah. I’m here, I’m ready to go. I’m not sure how much I’ll do at practice but I’ll definitely be out there learning, getting used to the verbiage from the play calling standpoint and just gaining experience about the new system. I guess the good thing is I’ve been around long enough to where I’ve pretty much been through every offensive system possible so I’m sure that there’s nothing in this system that’s going to surprise me or be too difficult.

Q: A lot has been made of this team’s need for a punt returner, focusing on that. You only had two last year and those were your first two since 2011. So what’s your punt return readiness at this point?

A: I’m 100 percent ready for any and everything and the coaching staff and I, we’ve expressed the same things in that respect so I’ll definitely be back to returning punts and kicks if they need me to and whatever else it is that they need me to do, I’m ready and prepared to just go out there and be a factor in any way, shape possible.

Q: Did you talk to Rex?

A: Yeah, I spoke to him. It was good, it was good.

Q: Did hot sauce come up?

A: It did. It did come up and me and Rex have had some battles, going back a long time, so we have history obviously from New Orleans to Miami. But I’ve always been a fan of Rex and now getting the chance to play for him I think’s going to be pretty cool and getting the chance to share some stories and some experiences and a lot of our battles going back.

[Reggie Bush puts 'Hot Sauce' flap with Rex aside, signs with Bills]

Q: What did you envision or think when you were laying on that concrete surface (after suffering an injury that ended his season in St. Louis)?

A: Honestly, truthfully, when the injury first happened, I thought it was my ACL and I thought maybe my career could be over. Those were my first, initial thoughts and it’s tough going down like that. Obviously as a football player, you’d rather get hurt between the lines, you know, getting tackled or something like that, making a play, not getting injured on concrete or anything like that. So those were my first initial reactions, that I thought my career might be over and this might be it.

Q: So, to be here today standing here with a contract, that must be…

A: It feels good. Like I said, again, it just feels good to be back on the team and back to playing football. It really does. It feels really good to be here and doing some interviews.

Q: What about that injury? With surgery all that, what were some of the things you had to go through?

A: As far as?

Q: The knee itself. You were fearful of it.

A: Yeah like I said, the first initial reaction was ACL and I was extremely happy to learn that it wasn’t. It was just a meniscus, in which they prepared, and it was nothing lost. They didn’t have to shave anything down. They just sewed it back and stitched me up. And as far as therapy goes, I worked day and night overtime to just get myself back to full strength with the physical therapist, with the team doctors in San Fran. But mostly in the offseason, when I went back home, I really put in a lot of overtime, a lot of work, and just my conditioning and just making sure my knee was back to full-strength.

Q: How close are you with Shady McCoy?

A: Honestly, not that close at all. But, I’m looking forward to developing a relationship with him. I’ve been a fan for a while and seeing what he’s done over the course of his career, I’m a fan, watching him and what he did in Philly. So I’m excited to get a chance to develop a relationship with him and I think it’s going to be pretty cool to have both of us back there and making some plays.

Q:  At some point it becomes a natural question for running backs, how much do you think you have left?

A:  Well, the competitor in me says forever, but realistically I don’t know. Once I got to year 10, now I think I’m just taking it year by year. And I’ll evaluate how I feel after every season, and I don’t know how much longer that is but I’m just taking it year by year at this point. I’m just happy to be back to football and after this season is over and granted I’m able to stay healthy, and be myself, you know, I’ll make a decision after that.

Q:  On a team with Tyrod, LeSean, Sammy kind of as the big three, do you think you can contribute this season?

A:  100 percent. 100 percent. And I’ve expressed that to the coaching staff and they’ve expressed the same thing in me. And just wanting to get me out there and to be a factor, any way, shape, form possible. I think that the direction that you’ve seen, football, you know it’s more geared towards two back systems now and kind of the days of the one backs, who’s every game, 25-30 carries is kind of in the past so and I think I’m a perfect example, you know, running backs can go down at any time. You know? And so you always need some guys back there that can step in right away to filling that void.

Q: Can you see some sets where – and I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to talk to Greg Roman—but sets where you and LeSean (McCoy) are on the field at the same time?

A: Yeah, we’ve talked about that as well with the coaching staff. Obviously, we haven’t gone into great depth or detail about it, but that’s definitely I think a package that you’ll see this year on the football field.

Q: I’m not sure if you’ve had a chance to look at the schedule at all, but getting chance to play at the Coliseum, what would that mean to you?

A: It’ll be surreal going back into the stadium. And it’ll be fun and I look forward to it. When the time comes-- you know we’ll-- I think it will be exciting. I’ll definitely look forward to that, being back in there.

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