When it comes to making a statement from a physical perspective, Chicago Bears and former Miami (Fla.) safety Deon Bush has proven capable of making it happen either defensively or on special teams. DraftNasty’s Corey Chavous sat down with Bush during 2016 East-West Shrine practices and discussed the strengths in his game.
Corey: How has it been so far this week working with a guy like Sam Madison (former All-Pro cornerback with Miami Dolphins)? I know you’re kind of familiar with him from down that way (South Florida).
Deon: It’s always an honor to work with Sam Madison. Coach Madison, I’ve worked with him since high school. He was on
my 7-on-7 Express (South Florida Express) and he worked us out. He’s always good to work with; he knows the game of football. He’s
played for so long and it’s great to work with a guy like him.
Corey: You’ve had a lot of games in your career where you’ve kind of imposed your physicality. Go back to the Notre Dame game three years ago (2012), two forced fumbles. The physical part of the game is always been something you’ve always enjoyed. But you’ve had some injury problems. How have you been able to overcome that and become a consistent player?
Deon: I’ve been able to overcome that by accepting that in football you’re going to have injuries. It’s a physical game and when
you play physical it is going to happen. You’ve got to fight through it and try to avoid those injuries as much as possible. Just
fighting through it and not letting it just bring me down. It’s part of the game at the end of the day.
Corey: Do you feel like your man coverage skills are a little bit underrated?
Deon: I feel like it’s an underrated part (of my game). I’m confident against whoever they (offense) put out there. You can put a fast
receiver out there, a tall receiver, a tight end and I feel like I can cover them all. I feel like I have the speed to cover them, I feel like I have the size to cover the big guys and I think I’m physical enough to cover the tight ends. Every time I step on the field I try to show what I can do and try to prove to everybody that I can play all the coverages and be physical at the same time.
Corey: Who would you say was your toughest opponent in school?
Deon: I’d probably say Dalvin Cook (RB-Florida State). He was a very explosive and fast running back.
Corey: We want to wish the best of the luck in the draft.
Deon: Thank you.
-2016 East-West Shrine practices