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Former Steelers draft pick working for Falcons: Report

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers sixth-round pick Isaiah Buggs trains for the Atlanta Falcons at the team’s mini-camp after Aaron Wilson by Pro Football Network.

Buggs — who was ranked No. 192 out of Alabama in 2019 — has been looking for a new NFL home since he was waived by the Steelers on Jan. 8, 2022, just before the team’s regular-season finale against the Baltimore Ravens. It was considered an odd move at the time, and one insider called it a “strange end” to a Steelers career that appeared to be on the rise three or four months earlier. Recall that he was the organization’s choice to replace nose tackle Tyson Alualu in the starting lineup after Alualu sustained a broken ankle in Week 2, but was inactive/unable by the end of the year due to illness and injury issues of his own available.

In three seasons with the Steelers, Buggs appeared in 29 total games (seven starts) and received 31 tackles, including two tackles for losses and one quarterback hit, according to Pro Football Reference. Last season, he missed time with the aforementioned ankle problem and also spent 10 days on the COVID-10 reserve list, which combined limited him to 10 game appearances.

Arguably the most memorable moment of his Steelers career came in early January 2021 when he walked into a sideline with teammate Carlos Davis during a game against the Browns.

He said a heartfelt goodbye to the Steelers nation when he signed with the Las Vegas Raiders practice team three days after being fired by the Steelers. However, the Raiders decided not to keep him. In May, he received an invitation to the Minnesota Vikings rookie mini-camp, but was not signed.

If there’s one player responsible for the end of Isaiah Buggs’ time in Pittsburgh, it would have to be defenseman Montravius ​​Adams, who was poached from the New Orleans Saints practice team last November. Adams started four of the five games he played for the Steelers and was so effective that the team signed him to a two-year, $5 million contract in mid-March.

In all likelihood, Adams will be the primary backup for nose tackle behind Tyson Alualu, but he has indicated he can play in multiple positions.

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Meanwhile, there was a new development regarding former Steelers inline backer Joe Schobert.

Late last week, a report surfaced that Schobert was visiting the New Orleans Saints. As it turns out, Schobert does more than that. According to The Times-Picayune’s Luke Johnson, the former Pro Bowler trains with the team on a Test basis at the team’s mini-camp.

Schobert has been unemployed since the Steelers fired him on March 17, 2022, just days after the team acquired former Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack.

If he doesn’t make it to the Saints, Schobert, 28, will likely find a new home before the regular season begins. At least one NFL analyst thinks he would be an ideal fit for the Chargers. He recorded 112 tackles with the Steelers last season, including 70 solo stops.

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