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John DeShazier: Takeaways from Coach Sean Payton's Thursday teleconference

Former Saint Rafael Bush playing well for Lions

The Saints will don throwback uniforms for Week 13 as part of the team's 50th Season celebration.

Several briefs from New Orleans SaintsCoach Sean Payton'sThursday teleconference:

  1. Safety Rafael Bush, a former Saint, is having success with the Lions this season. Bush has two interceptions, one returned 39 yards for a touchdown, and 42 tackles for Detroit in 11 games, with two starts. The previous two seasons combined, he played 11 games for the Saints due to injury. "He's playing well," Payton said. "I loved him as a player here. He's one of those guys that's smart, tough, he's a great teammate. He's had production on the ball, he's around the ball. I think he's doing very well."
  1. The Saints continue to get high-level production at running back from Mark Ingram(136 carries for 721 yards and three touchdowns, and 30 catches for 248 yards and four touchdowns) and Tim Hightower(103 carries for 417 yards and a touchdown, 16 catches for 166 yards and a score), and often don't lose much when one replaces the other on the field. "I think both of them are good pad-level runners," Payton said. "You see them carry their pads well. There's not a lot of minus-yards plays, they finish runs. I think (running backs coach) Joel(Thomas) has done a good job with their rotation, of keeping them both fresh. And yet they're getting them plenty of work."
  1. Payton made it clear that he isn't a fan of a possible NFL developmental league. "I'm not in favor of the developmental league. I think you're going to see an increased number of practice squad players. The developmental league, I think, is just a way for more network programming."
  1. First-year tight ends coach Dan Campbellreceived a game ball after Sunday's victory over the Rams. Two of Campbell's pupils, Josh Hilland Coby Fleener, combined for 10 catches for 133 yards against Los Angeles. Campbell was tight ends coach for the Dolphins from 2011-15, and served as Miami's interim head coach for the final 12 games last season. "(Campbell) is doing well. I think he's a guy that has done an outstanding job with the tight ends, and there's a toughness about him that I think he brings to the team."
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