Morning Roar: Bush graduated from returns

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DEARBORN, Mich. -- Reggie Bush appeared happy with his role last season, his first with the Detroit Lions. He seems excited about how he'll be used in the team's new offense under Joe Lombardi, who is bringing a lot of the same principles Bush played under during his first few years with the New Orleans Saints.

He would like that, though, to be his only role. Returning to returning is not something he would be all too excited about.

"As of right now, no," Bush said. "And hopefully no. I'd like to think I've graduated from returning kicks and punts."

Bush has largely stayed away from returning during his NFL career. In 105 career games, he has just one kick return, a 32-yarder in 2010. He did field at least one punt in each of his first six years in the league -- returning 98 punts for 772 yards and four touchdowns.

He has not, though, returned a kick or punt in a game since the end of the 2011 season.

Bush does have dynamic return skills. In his three seasons at USC, Bush returned 67 kicks for 1,522 yards and a touchdown along with 44 punts for 559 yards and three touchdowns. Those skills were part of what made him the No. 2 pick in the 2006 draft.

However, as he hits his late 20s, he would prefer to just focus on his role as an all-purpose back and receiver for the Lions this season. That Detroit has a dynamic young returner in Jeremy Ross probably helps that as well.

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