November 8, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Isaiah Bugs. Compulsory Credit: Charles Leclerc – USA Today Sports.
The Minnesota Vikings are a bit deep inside the defensive line, but they’re still auditioning for a deeper defender from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Her name is Isaiah Buggs, And he spent three years in Pittsburgh with Mike Tomlin. The Vikings will try for a summer roster at the Bugs Rookie Minicamp.
Inside Ed Donatel’s new 3-4 Defense, the nose tackle work is probably that of Dalvin Tomlinson, a free agent signed by Minnesota in 2021. Due to traumatic illness, the Vikings severed ties with Michael Pierce this spring and he later joined his former team. , Baltimore Ravens.
Bugs also play a nose tackle, and current reserve nose tackle Tyris Stevenson and TY McGill could reasonably compete if General Manager Kiwis Adofo-Mensah were signed.
Drafted in the 6th round of the 2019 NFL Draft from Alabama, the Bugs played 29 games for the Steelers, including seven starting tournaments, most of which took place in 2021. Last year, he played 34% of Pittsburgh’s defensive snap, so he’s not completely inexperienced.
He never recorded a sack and instead fulfilled the run-stuffing role that is usually performed by run-of-the-mill nose tackles. Of course, she stands tall, stands 6’3 ″ and weighs 295 pounds.
With Bugs in mind, he recently made an initial snap with the Steelers, his brief Pro football focus CV:
- 2019 = 56.6
- 2020 = 46.5
- 2021 = 59.1
The Bugs won a national championship in 2017 with the Crimson Tide. He co-starred with Russian Evans (ATL), Minkah Fitzpatrick (PIT), Josh Jacobs (LV), Darren Payne (WAS) and Calvin Ridley (ATL).
Vikings TE1 Irv Smith Jr. He was also a teammate of Buggs in Alabama.
During the 2019 draft, the Bugs were directly selected players before the Vikings offensive lineman Oli Udoh.
Bugs, 25, was signed to the Las Vegas Riders practice squad on January 25, but it was clearly short-lived.
The Vikings’ Rookie MiniCamp is starting Monday.
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