Rehabbing Bush expects more of a leadership role

Reggie Bush will be expected to take on a leadership role in 2009 with the departure of Deuce McAllister. (Chris Graythen / Getty Images)

Reggie Bush (left) says he will take on a leadership role for the Saints in 2009 after the departure of veteran RB Deuce McAllister. (Chris Graythen / Getty Images)

After the Saints passed on selecting a running back with one of their four picks in last month’s NFL draft, Reggie Bush took that as a sign that he needed to be more of a leader in 2009, he told the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

    “The fact that we didn’t draft (one) speaks volumes to what they are looking from me this year,” Bush said Saturday during a break in his youth football camp at Tulane. “I don’t know how much my role is going to change, but I think it’s going to step up a lot more, especially in the leadership role position. That obviously, naturally, will increase.
    “I’m excited about the task, and it’s going to be a great task.”

But if Bush expects to be a team leader, he must stay healthy. Injuries cost him six games last season, when Bush had 106 carries for 404 yards and two touchdowns and 52 catches for 440 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games. He said his rehabilitation is going well this summer, though he’s still not at full strength, according to the Times-Picayune:

    “I’m feeling really good; I’m about 75 percent,” Bush said. “The coaches are pleased with my rehab and the way it’s going. I’m pleased. I feel like I’m ahead of schedule. I’m pretty much doing everything right now (in offseason workouts).”

Bush and Pierre Thomas should see the bulk of the carries after Deuce McAllister‘s departure, though the Saints also have RBs Mike Bell, Lynell Hamilton, P.J. Hill and Herb Donaldson on the roster.

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