Healthy in 2017, Bud Dupree prepares for a breakout year

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The Steelers have had plenty of great outside linebackers over the years. They think their next one will be Bud Dupree.

A first-round pick in 2015, Dupree’s second season was marred by a groin injury suffered during offseason workouts. This year, he’s healthy and on track (the team hopes) for a huge season.

“I’m all with it,” Dupree said during the offseason workouts, via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I like the pressure, but there really isn’t any pressure for me. It’s expectations. People expect me to be the guy, and they see a lot of good things in me.”

One of the team’s current great inside linebackers agrees.

“I definitely feel like [Dupree] can be a huge difference-maker for us,” Ryan Shazier said, according to Rutter. “He’s a big, huge guy. You’re not going to be able to run the ball on him. He’s going to keep his leverage so he can make plays. He brings a lot of things to the table that we didn’t have before. . . .

“It’s just good to see him healthy. Last year, he wasn’t really that way. Jumping on the train during the season is kind of hard. I know it was tough on him because I’ve had to do it a few times, going back and forth, back and forth.”

Last year, Dupree didn’t play until November. He arrived with a flourish, notching 2.5 sacks against the Browns. He finished the year with 4.5 sacks, second on the team to James Harrison’s five.

The fact that no Steelers player had more than five sacks last year is a bit of an eye-opener, and it helps explain why they hope Dupree can get it done in 2017. For now, like most players, he’s 100 percent. But we know that will change for most if not all players as the season unfolds.

The question is whether Dupree can stay healthy enough to do for 16 games what he did in only seven last year — and then some.

20 responses to “Healthy in 2017, Bud Dupree prepares for a breakout year

  1. I’m not buying it. I heard a lot of the same things about Jarvis Jones. Now Jones is in Arizona. When you over-draft players, you make excuses. Then you move them around in your scheme. Eventually, they’re playing for a different team who also mistakenly put a high draft grade on the guy. Dupree was more of a fifth rounder. He has talent, but it doesn’t lead to great production on the field. He might look good on a highlight tape (doesn’t everybody), but not on a game tape. You don’t draft guys like that early.

  2. Bud looked great when he saw the field in the last few games of the season. It’s easy to see why the Steelers have high hopes for this guy after seeing what he is capable of when healthy. After getting a full training camp under his belt and starting the season health, I would expect nothing less than 8 sacks from him this season.

  3. lol!

    this guy will end up like jarvis jones

    who goes into their 3rd year as a 1st rd
    pick after being a bust so far, acting like they
    are a good player?

    jarvis jones
    sucked, this guy sucks and shazier is mediocre

    it is why their defense is so mediocre

    colbert should be on the hotseat

  4. tonebones says:
    Jul 9, 2017 10:38 AM
    I’m not buying it. I heard a lot of the same things about Jarvis Jones. Now Jones is in Arizona. When you over-draft players, you make excuses. Then you move them around in your scheme. Eventually, they’re playing for a different team who also mistakenly put a high draft grade on the guy. Dupree was more of a fifth rounder. He has talent, but it doesn’t lead to great production on the field. He might look good on a highlight tape (doesn’t everybody), but not on a game tape. You don’t draft guys like that early.

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    nailed it

    the longer the fans think colbert and tomlin
    have been doing a good job, the longer and deeper
    their fade will be

  5. He’s going to be a 5 sack a season guy who has a single game every year where he picks up 2 -3 sacks that excites the fan base into expecting more out of him.

  6. Jervis was an outright fail. It was obvious watching OSU tape the only reason he got sacks was the pressure Alex Ogltree was bringing. Most Steelers games were dismayed by the pick. Time has shown it was an utter waste.

    Dupree has a higher level of talent, and his floor is arguably above Jervis ceiling.

    No comparison.

  7. no one can stop the PITT OFF . the DEF will have big #s in sacks and TOs because teams will be force to throw to catch up. as a Browns fan this is not good news

  8. Was curious about his sacks so I clicked for last years game log. He returned against the Browns but his 2.5 sacks didn’t come until a december BUF game. Then he finished with one each against the Ravens and the Browns.

  9. Fun fact: Steelers led the entire league in sacks beginning in week 11.

    Coincidence that Dupree returned around that time? I don’t think so. He may have only notched 4.5 himself, which at ~.75 sacks/game is damn good, but pressure opened up around him as well.

  10. tylawspick6 says:
    Jul 9, 2017 11:47 AM
    tonebones says:
    Jul 9, 2017 10:38 AM
    I’m not buying it. I heard a lot of the same things about Jarvis Jones. Now Jones is in Arizona. When you over-draft players, you make excuses. Then you move them around in your scheme. Eventually, they’re playing for a different team who also mistakenly put a high draft grade on the guy. Dupree was more of a fifth rounder. He has talent, but it doesn’t lead to great production on the field. He might look good on a highlight tape (doesn’t everybody), but not on a game tape. You don’t draft guys like that early.

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    nailed it

    the longer the fans think colbert and tomlin
    have been doing a good job, the longer and deeper
    their fade will be

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    So the ignorant troll took one day off from his hate posting routine. I know you went to the dog rescue and rejected for adoption again. Sorry.

    Dupree came on last year and he has the potential to be good, but not great.

  11. nailed it

    the longer the fans think colbert and tomlin
    have been doing a good job, the longer and deeper
    their fade will be

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    Fade? Lol. We made it to the afc championship last year. And it wasn’t because of our offence either. Our defence is on the rise. And I’m not stating we are better then the Pats cause we aren’t until we actually beat them. We have one of the youngest defences in the league right now. And they will get better.

  12. magnumpimustache says:
    Jul 9, 2017 4:25 PM
    Tomlin is the greatest Cheerleading coach of all time.

    I wish him a very long career.

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    A cheerleader with a 103-57 record. With stats like that I hope he keeps cheerleading on those sidelines for a long time as well.

  13. LOL!So Shazier is mediocre?That means Hightower is a downright bust according to some poster who does not care one iota about stats.When you check their stats out come back and post again.Cant wait to hear your next response,which hopefully won’t be a bunch of blabbering without actual facts.

  14. Rustbelt,you have a lot of room to talk as seeing the team you support has a few players that can’t seem to stay out of trouble.Its called talking out of both sides of your mouth.By the way,how is Gio?Shazier sends his regards.

  15. tylawspick6 says:
    Jul 9, 2017 11:43 AM
    lol!

    this guy will end up like jarvis jones

    who goes into their 3rd year as a 1st rd
    pick after being a bust so far, acting like they
    are a good player?

    jarvis jones
    sucked, this guy sucks and shazier is mediocre

    it is why their defense is so mediocre

    colbert should be on the hotseat
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    shazier, mediocre???? hahaha. your bias is clouding your brain more than your bong

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