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Reggie Bush eager to join Matthew Stafford, Megatron

Reggie Bush grinned throughout his introductory news conference Wednesday after signing a four-year contract with the Detroit Lions.

Bush repeatedly talked about the offensive possibilities of playing with Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

"It's a running back's dream," Bush said about facing six- and seven-man fronts. "That's the first thing we talked about. When we were watching film and you see those safeties deep and safeties rolling over, double-coveraging Calvin Johnson. It's a running back's dream.

"We have to be able to run the ball in that situation. That's one of the reasons why I wanted to come here, to be able to bring a balanced attack and help take some of the pressure off Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford and just complement them."

The Lions have had one of the top aerial attacks the last two seasons, with Stafford averaging 5,000 passing yards and Megatron setting records, but the run game has been nonexistent. Not only should Bush find running lanes, but the Lions have wanted a quick, shifty back to work underneath routes and the screen game. That's what Jahvid Best was supposed to bring before concussions derailed his career. Bush averaged more than 1,000 rushing yards and nearly 40 receptions the last two seasons.

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"It just made sense. If felt right from the beginning," Bush said. "They really didn't have to sell me too much. They could have just pulled up one clip and I was already sold.

"Just the possibilities of being out there on the football field with Calvin and Stafford and all the other guys out there and just scoring lots of points all the time."

Bush said he's at a point of his career where he doesn't care about personal stats -- winning is the No. 1 concern. He'll be the Lions' primary back, with Mikel Leshoure providing the power option.

Bush will have to find a new number with Bobby Layne's No. 22 retired in Detroit.

Follow Kareem Copeland on Twitter @kareemcopeland.

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