Bud Dupree wants to be a double-digit sack guy for Steelers

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As he gets set to enter his fourth season in the NFL, Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree wants to be more productive as a pass rusher.

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, Dupree believes he can get to double-digit sacks with Pittsburgh this year after feeling he left too many sacks on the field last season.

“I just left double-digit sacks on the field,” Dupree said. “I still can get double-digit sacks even though I’m in coverage a lot. I just have to capitalize on my opportunities. I’ve just got to close the deal.”

Dupree had a career-high six sacks last season with the Steelers. He has 14.5 sacks in 38 career games over his first three years in Pittsburgh.

While the Steelers have been able to produce talented linebackers for years, they haven’t had an outside linebacker get at least 10 sacks since James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley had 10.5 and 10 sacks, respectively, in 2010. As a former first-round pick, the Steelers will have a decision to make on Dupree’s fifth-year option after this season. A double-digit sack season from Dupree would certainly ensure the team will do so.

6 responses to “Bud Dupree wants to be a double-digit sack guy for Steelers

  1. BD is definitely capable. He had 6 last year and seems like he dropped into coverage a lot. He best attain 10 or more sacks this year if he wants to stick around.

  2. How many times did Dud sack Bortles in that one and done playoff game. None? Hmmm. Keep dreaming, Dud.

  3. The Steelers have been swapping Dupree and Watts on the opposite sides from last year during otas. Now Dupree has Cameron Heyward, with his 12 sacks and first pro bowl in front of him. Then the very promising and versatile TJ Watts has Tuiit in front of him. I think that gives better balance for the front.

    With Alualu and LT Walton backing them up, and Hargreaves and either Frazier from Alabama or the last chance of Daniel McCullers in the middle, Pittsburgh has some youth, depth and talent. They have to stop the run better than they did last year though, that’s for sure. After Shazier went down the front hemorrhaged yards to nearly everyone.

    Go Steelers!

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