With the final deadline for Le'Veon Bell to report to the Pittsburgh
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Steelers just a few hours away David DeCastro Jersey , it was perhaps unsurprising to note how much of Mike Tomlin’s press conference wasdominated by questions about his absentee running back. However, those hoping that Tomlin would have some news to share might be disappointing to note he had no new insights to offer when talking to reporters on Tuesday.After confirming that no one in the organization had heard from Bell over the weekend, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the running back will not be at team facilities ahead of the deadline, if it wasn't already clear enough for the hopelessly optimistic among us. Asked about his reaction to the prospect of Bell missing the entire season, Tomlin was matter-of-fact in his response.When asked a follow questions of “What if he never walks through the door”, Tomlin offered a rather blunt reply. If Tomlin feels personally let down by Bell, that will never be something he discusses with the media, no matter how much they try to pry. Acknowledging the realities of business in the NFL Darrius Heyward-Bey Jersey , Tomlin is perhaps more understanding of Bell’s situation than many fans.When asked about his expectations for Tuesday, Tomlin laughed at the question. With the final deadline to report set to pass at 4 p.m Tuesday 13, the Steelers coach is well aware that this cutoff will not put an end to the media’s endless line of questioning, even if Bell does not arrive. For my part, I can assure readers I will be keeping my posts about Le’Veon Bell to a minimum once this day is finally over. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 6th round draft pick is ready to prove he is more than just another Day 3 draft selection." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteBehind the Steel Curtaina Pittsburgh Steelers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsSteelersOddsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsSteelers Film Room2018 NFL Draft AnalysisLatest NewsFiled under:Latest NewsIsaiah Buggs ready to turn his Alabama pedigree into success with the SteelersNew,15commentsThe Pittsburgh Steelers’ 6th round draft pick is ready to prove he is more than just another Day 3 draft selection.EDTShareTweetShareShareIsaiah Buggs ready to turn his Alabama pedigree into success with the SteelersMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsOf all the positions which might be viewed as thin on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2019 roster, most don’t think about the defensive line. With Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and Javon Hargrave there to anchor the 3-4 base defensive front Jordan Berry Jersey , it is easy to forget about the men who are called in to spell them when necessary. This offseason the Steelers re-signed Tyson Alualu to provide veteran depth at the position and re-signed Daniel McCullers to help solidify the nose tackle position, but that was it. Until the 2019 NFL Draft.After letting L.T. Walton try his hand at free agency, the Steelers filled his spot with a sixth round pick from Alabama named Isaiah Buggs. Or as he is called, “Big Pooh”.Buggs joins the team in a position of need, and is hoping to ensure he doesn’t have the same fate as another late round Alabama defensive tackle from the 2018 draft, Joshua Frazier, who failed to make the team and is now retired from football after the AAF folded.Frazier was a 7th round pick, and Buggs a 6th round pick Alejandro Villanueva Jersey , but what is it about Buggs that separates him not only from Frazier, but other picks in the draft? It all starts with his college experience at Alabama.“Just a great coach, a great program,” he said. “Coach [Nick] Saban, you have to buy into his system, do what he tells you to do and you’ll be successful.”With the high number of players leaving Alabama and joining the NFL ranks, the players who play for the Crimson Tide don’t think about the next level.“Out of 100 percent of them, probably 99 percent of them are in the league Chris Boswell Jersey ,” Buggs told Teresa Varley of Steelers.com. “Just from Coach Saban, doing what you’re supposed to do and buying in. It’ll get you where you need to be.“When you get there you don’t think about the NFL. You think about getting better, working each day and the NFL will find you.”Despite his pedigree, Buggs saw the draft as a frustration thinking his name would be called earlier than when it was on Day 3 of the process.“I expected to be called earlier on draft day but things happen for a reason,” he offered during the Steelers’ rookie minicamp. And maybe that reason was to come to Pittsburgh and be a player who provides quality depth at a position of need.In 2018, Buggs registered 52 total tackles, 13.5 for a loss, and a whopping 9.5 sacks. Throw in 3 pass defenses Stephon Tuitt Jersey , one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles and it is safe to say Buggs had himself a tremendous Senior season for the Crimson Tide.Throughout his successful senior season, and frustrating draft process, Buggs knows his future will depend on one thing — getting better. “From here on out I just have to continue get better.”If he can continue to improve, the Steelers’ defensive front will benefit greatly from another player who can get after the quarterback and stop the run while Heyward, Tuitt and Hargrave need a rest.
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