Steelers LB Bud Dupree Working To Improve His Explosion For 2016 Season

Bud Dupree

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree is currently hard at work getting his body ready for the 2016 season and the teams 2015 first-round draft pick has one element of his game that he’s really looking to improve in his second year in the NFL.

“I try to focus on explosion,” Dupree recently told Teresa Varley of steelers.com. “I try to use my get-off as an advantage and my speed and quickness. I try to be the most explosive person on the field. I want to work on getting faster, stronger.”

Dupree’s get-off was his calling card when he played at Kentucky and while he started his rookie year off with two sacks in the Steelers first two games of the season, he would only go on to register two more the rest of the way.

“I learned about going through adversity,” Dupree said of his rookie season. “We went through it the whole season and overcame it. Myself in college I didn’t play as long. Here the season is real long. I now know what to look forward to next year. You have to experience it and go through it. I also learned about being in shape. The shape level is two different levels, from college to the pros. You have to take care of your body.”

The Steelers really need to get a lot more production out of their outside linebackers in 2016 as not only did that unit only register 15 sacks combined in 2015, the league also only credited that group with a total of 36 quarterback hurries over the course of the regular season.

Dupree figures to be the Steelers starting left outside linebacker in 2016 after ending his rookie season with that designation on the team’s depth chart. However, veteran outside linebacker Arthur Moats is currently expected to see some snaps on that side this year just as he did in 2015.

Dupree recently posted this video of him doing drills on his Twitter account.

  • WreckIess

    I mean he was plenty explosive. It was his technique that needed work.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    I find his total inability to come up with even one alternative pass rush move to add to the outside speed rush to be very troubling. Had 17games and pro coaching to add something…anything.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Amen

  • D.j. Hoy

    Yeah IMO he needs to work on technique. He has physical abilities beyond belief. His sacks came off relentless pursuit instead of just beating the guy across from him. If he can refine his moves and keep up that motor… man that will be special.

  • PaeperCup

    I’m hoping the Technique comes in time. Until then, if his God given talents and athleticism can give him the advantage so as to not have to rely on technique as much, I’m all for it. When the two come together, he will will be beastly.

  • Jonny Panic

    He didn’t have a position coach at Kentucky, it takes awhile for those movements to become natural and instinctive. He’ll be fine.

  • 58Steel

    He is working on technique in those drills. Hands are extremely important for pass rush. JJ Watt is incredible with his hands.
    Need to have Deebo teach Bud his rip move!

  • RickM

    Yes, agree with you guys and others. I was expecting him to talk about different moves, but I guess they’re being taught and practised. His advancement is critical to any 2016 success.

  • H.K. northern cali

    He needs a young kickass tag team partner opp-him!!!

  • Daniel

    Bud better than jarvis in 2016 I said it here first

  • Daniel

    Why aren’t we seeing Jarvis Jones improving himself?

  • 20Stoney

    I know what you’re saying but you have to give him at least 2 seasons.

  • Daniel

    Well he already surpassed Jarvis Jones in his rookie season

  • Tim Goetz

    He sure is an impressive athlete.

  • Tom Jackson

    It’s kind of nice to hear actually that he thinks he can do a lot to get better. 2015 really just could’ve been the beginning and thats how it should to be. Not that it was astronomically bad but we want him to be a very dangerous player especially against the pass moving forward and that wasn’t close his rookie year.

    But I get it the transition from college to NFL is a big deal and he wasn’t quite ready for big things last year. Hopefully he makes a big jump from that in 2016. We need a pass rusher from the outside bad.

  • deuce_seven

    Exactly what I was going to say. Peezy was no slouch. Maybe he can coach him up.

  • Timothy Rea

    Quite a stretch there Dan… (sarcasm)

  • PaeperCup

    I thought he did improve in 2015. That’s not saying much, because he still has a way to go and I have my doubts that he’ll ever get there. But he was better last year.

  • NinjaMountie

    Way too soon to be worrying about that. He had a lot on his plate and made remarkably few errors as a rookie. It’s no surprise that he didn’t come out killing the QB. As mentioned, he didn’t have a position coach in Kentucky. We should see some good improvement from him this year and know more what he can provide. I hope it’s a lot because he has the physical skills.

    Just FYI, Mack had 4 sacks his rookie year and 15 this year. Watt only had 5 so there is a realistic reason to hope for the best.

  • Donald Tillman

    He needs to grab some tape of Tama Hali and Justin Houston. You have to have some counters.

  • Big Joe

    I’m glad he’s working hard but he needs to also change his approach to gap coverage and his angle to QB. If I can drive a bus thru your gap on a regular basis, you’re too wide and too far up field. Put another way, if they had to bring in a cartographer to map out a new Interstate between you and the tackle, then you have to believe that you won’t be able to hit anything from way out there. I am glad he’s working on his strength and other areas, truly.

  • Big Joe

    Need Deebo to teach him how to bend the corner.

  • Big Joe

    Agreed. As much as I poke at him for his bad angles and gap coverage last year, he did really well for a rookie who had no position coach in college.

  • Xclewsive

    I know Jarvis Jones gets it quite a bit, but this is something positive to see. Last year we knew Jarvis was in Az, but didn’t see him participating in any works like some of the others. I guess with social media you at least see something with him working out or something.

  • frednash

    with #48 on left#91 on his right and #50 playing backside
    they have to better than
    #92,97 and 74
    and the end of last season #91 was the man..

  • Ike Evans

    This kid worries me…..hes already explosive….hopes he works on his flexibility to bend the corner and converting that speed and explosion to power

  • Nathanael Dory

    maybe hes trying to be at Von Miller’ explosiveness level lol

  • VaDave

    And good luck with that. Nobody can bend and rip a corner like Harrison.

  • VaDave

    Agreed! Tuit was tearing it up…

  • Spencer Krick

    Michael Bay is probably working on the same thing.

  • Applebite

    ….technique and develop a pivot move, his fortune will change quite a bit.

  • RickM

    Agree with you about way to early to worry. But would feel a heck of a lot more comfortable if all his sacks came in the 2nd half of the year (i.e. good development) as opposed to the 1st half (teams quickly learned all they had to look for was the explosive outside move).

  • Keith Evans

    Nastiness, aggressiveness, competitiveness go a long way too – Bud doesn’t possess that yet, his play demeanor has to change for him to be great. Too much pile watching and lacksidaisyness in 2015.

  • Dshoff

    Bingo. He’s plenty explosive, he just needs the BIG TIME lean in to the Offensive Tackle so he doesn’t CONSTANTLY get pushed past the qb. Seriously, he would have had over 5 more sacks if he could have done that.