The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former North Texas and Hawaii wide receiver Rico Bussey to their practice squad, the team announced on Wednesday.
Bussey comes back to the Steelers after being waived on Tuesday by the Steelers. The rookie wide receiver will look to put a stranglehold on his spot in order to try and make the roster in 2022.
He bounced between the second-team and third-team during training camp and quickly developed a glowing rapport with third-string quarterback Dwayne Haskins. The highlight of Bussey’s preseason was a big 24-yard catch from Haskins against the Philadelphia Eagles. The pair hooked up for a number of touchdowns during camp practices.
Over the preseason, Bussey racked up five receptions for 49 yards. However, it was likely his performance in training camp that convinced the Steelers to keep him around on the practice squad.
Over five seasons at North Texas and Hawaii, Bussey racked up 2215 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns. He was a first-team All-Conference USA selection in 2018 with the Mean Green.
The Steelers also signed defensive end Daniel Archibong, running back Trey Edmunds, cornerback Mark Gilbert, tackle Chaz Green, safety Karl Joseph, offensive lineman John Leglue, outside linebacker Christian Miller, guard Malcolm Pridgeon, tight end Kevin Rader, running back Jaylen Samuels, wide receiver Steven SIms, safety Donovan Stiner, outside linebacker Derrek Teszka, and wide receiver Cody White to their practice squad. The team has one open spot remaining on the 16-player squad.