Detroit Lions NFL Isaiah Buggs scouting report
Isaiah, your NFL career isn’t over.
Defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs, a recent acquisition as a free agent from Brad Holmes and the Detroit Lions, thought his playing days in the National Football League were over before the Lions picked him up on Friday.
“I thought my NFL career was over once the Steelers released me,” Buggs posted on his Instagram account, after signing his contract with Detroit. . I want to thank God for allowing me to continue what I have worked hard for all my life‼️ Thank you Detroit Lions for giving me this opportunity. Let’s work.
The 25-year-old, who is expected to turn 26 on August 24, was a sixth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2019 NFL Draft. He played 29 games (seven starts) over three seasons with the Steelers, raising 31 total tackles, including two tackles for loss, only one QB hit and only one pass defended.
That wasn’t enough production for the Steelers’ liking, as they placed him on a waiver the day before their 2021 regular season finale. He then joined the Las Vegas Raiders‘ practice squad the following week. , just before the Raiders’ loss in the playoffs to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Now, with training camps set to open in the NFL next week, the Alabama product finds himself a member of the Lions.
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Detroit is a bit thin along the defensive line, with Michael Brockers as the only returning veteran lineman who played in at least 100 snaps a season ago.
Levi Onwuzurike has also seen plenty of playing time in 2021, playing in 16 of a possible 17 games. However, he is only a second-year professional and had a disappointing rookie campaign. He will therefore have to experience an increase in production in order to obtain consistent playing time throughout the 2022 season.
That leaves Buggs, who weighs 6-foot-3 and 295 pounds, a chance to prove his worth in training camp.
He’s the definition of a deep piece for Detroit’s young defensive line, and more importantly, he’s done most of his work as a pro inside the D line.
It’s a major need for the Lions defense, so Buggs could end up being very useful if the team’s defensive lineman group gets hit with the injury bug.
That said, I expect him to start the season with the Lions practice squad. But, if any of the linemen ahead of him on the depth chart (i.e. Brockers, Onwuzurike, Alim McNeill) should run out of time, he will be one of the first players promoted on the active roster to fill the next gap.