Bradley Handwerger / Sports Reporter

METAIRIE, La. Though Jermon Bushrod is making a name for himself as one of the better left tackles in the NFL, you'd likely never know it.

The Saints' fifth-year man who protects quarterback Drew Brees' blindside isn't flashy. He's fairly soft-spoken. And he's not a self-promoter.

That few people have written about him the past two seasons and that few stations have run stories about him is a good thing, Saints coach Sean Payton said.

'Generally when at left tackle, there's no new, it's good news,' he said. 'When the cameras are on you, oftentimes it's because there's a pressure, a hurry, a sack.'

Bushrod took over for Jammal Brown in preseason in 2009 when the former starter suffered a sports hernia setback. Bushrod never relinquished the spot.

This season he hasn't had a penalty called on him, despite going against some of the NFL's to pass-rushing defensive ends in the Colts' Dwight Freeney and Chicago's Julius Peppers.

'He has come in and each year he has gotten better,' Payton said. 'You see some things that he has worked on. Each year he has gained that confidence. He's a very smart player. To some degree by his nature he's quiet.'

Payton added, 'I thought he did an outstanding job last week against one of the league's best rusher. That has been good for us and obviously good for our protection and running game.'

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