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Reggie Bush compares Lions' offense to Saints'

  • By Kevin Patra
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Reggie Bush is already comfortable in the Detroit Lions offense.

The running back told "NFL AM" Friday morning that the comfort with his new team stems from the familiarity to his first NFL offense.

"As far as from an offensive perspective it's a lot like what we did in New Orleans," Bush said of the team he won a Super Bowl with in 2009. "It's a lot of spread-open passing. Obviously we can attack downfield, and with the running game, a lot of screens, draws and stuff like that. Basically what I did in New Orleans, so running this offensive system has been pretty easy for me."

Bush was drafted by the Saints in 2006 but was never seen as an every-down back. Instead he was used as a change-of-pace back alongside Deuce McAllister and later Pierre Thomas. He spent time split wide and caught a lot of passes out of the backfield -- the role Darren Sproles now fills in the Saints offense.

Bush said the proliferation of wide-open offenses in the NFL fits right into his game.

"I've always enjoyed being in the position that I am and doing what I do, being able to split out wide and catch balls so it's great that offenses are going toward that direction," Bush said.

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It's a different tone than we heard last offseason, when the Miami Dolphins' bell-cow was saying he wanted to lead the league in rushing.

Bush will add a dynamic element to the Lions and leave the 3-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust plays to Mikel Leshoure. It's also a good thing Bush likes catching passes. With questions in the Lions' receiving corps, he might have to do even more outside of the backfield than he did with the Saints.

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