The 49ers have lost many "trusted agents" as they turn the page on the Jim Harbaugh era, but newcomer Reggie Bush is hoping to be just that for starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“I think we’re starting to develop a good relationship," Bush told the NFL Network on Thursday.
Given that Bush's duties as a tailback revolve around running the football, the 10-year veteran elaborated on how he aims to help Kaepernick in their first season together.
"Obviously, catching the ball out of the backfield and running routes as a receiver, all of those different things I’ve been doing my whole career. Hopefully we can start to develop that relationship to where he trusts me enough to if he gets in a jam, he can just check the ball down to me. Just little stuff like that. But we’ve been working on it and it’s going good so far.”
Nearly 3,500 of Bush's 8,954 career yards from scrimmage have come through the air.
He has scored on 18 passing touchdowns with three different NFL teams, and averages 7.5 yards per reception.
Bush has averaged more than 50 receptions in his first nine NFL seasons.
The 49ers attempted five screen passes to running backs last season, according to Pro Football Focus, and they rarely threw to backs otherwise.
Earlier in the offseason, Bush told KNBR radio that the underneath passing game would be a large part of the what the new-look 49ers do under offensive coordinator Geep Chryst.
"Yeah, if you're asking if we're going to throw some swing passes, yes," Bush said, laughing. "I think that'd be an understatement."