Bud Dupree

The Optimist’s Take: Edge Rush Back On Track

The Pittsburgh Steelers have, by and large, been on an upward swing over the course of the past two and a half seasons after they missed the playoffs for two straight seasons, and failed to win a postseason game in four straight years. Last season saw them gain that elusive…



Video: Steelers CB Artie Burns 2015 Miami Pass Targets (Games 1-4)

I have finally made it through all of the games that new Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns played in last season at the University of Miami. During that complete tape viewing I also identified all of the times he was targeted in coverage. While I have not yet compiled all…


Draft Do-Over: Would Steelers Select Martavis Bryant Again?

If you have been following my writing for very long, you may likely have noticed that I don’t often like to deal with hypotheticals about the past, or if you haven’t noticed, you probably can’t recall me having done so very often. But I recently stumbled upon a hypothetical question…


Browns’ Minicamp The Beginning Of Building Chemistry With Rookie Class

With Day One of rookie minicamp in the books for the Cleveland Browns, the franchise has plenty to smile about with the debut of the group of receivers selected in last month’s NFL Draft. After finally signing his rookie deal, first round pick Corey Coleman was able to showcase his…


Sammie Coates

2016 Steelers Stock Watch – WR Sammie Coates – Stock Up

With the 2016 NFL Draft now over and the bulk of the heavy lifting done with regard to the roster building process now out of the way, it is easier to begin to take stock of where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand at certain positions, and what the implications might be…



Ravens Add Power To Secondary On The Cheap

All along throughout the offseason, the Baltimore Ravens elected not to address the cornerback position in free agency in spite of the fact that that seemingly had a gap in their starting lineup—at least in their nickel package, which is effectively the starting lineup for just about every defense in…


The Pessimist’s Take: Cameron Heyward Gets His Due

The Pittsburgh Steelers have, by and large, been on an upward swing over the course of the past two and a half seasons after they missed the playoffs for two straight seasons, and failed to win a postseason game in four straight years. Last season saw them gain that elusive…


Burns And Davis Essential To Changing Of The Guard

It’s quite clear the need for speed and athleticism on the defensive side of the football in today’s NFL, as evidenced by this past season’s Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos. With the selection of Artie Burns and Sean Davis in back-to-back rounds, the Pittsburgh Steelers appear close to the finish…


Steelers Weighing Future Cap In Offseason Moves

I wrote an article yesterday about Pittsburgh Steelers veteran inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons and his contract status, in the final year of a six-year contract as he enters his age-30 season. While his base salary is south of $9 million for the season, his cap hit has ballooned to over…


Hidden Gems: Baltimore Ravens’ UDFA Sleeper

The Baltimore Ravens just can’t get enough pass rushers. After a draft that saw them add Kamalei Correa out of Boise State in the second round and Grand Valley State’s Matt Judon in the fifth, they signed potentially the best undrafted pass rusher: Victor Ochi from Stony Brook. Even though…


Punter Will Monday Looking To Push Jordan Berry

The only thing Mike Tomlin has gone through more than his famous “Tomlin-isms” are punters. Over the last five seasons, the Pittsburgh Steelers have ushered in seven different ones. Here’s your lineup: Daniel Sepulevda, Jeremy Kapinos, Drew Butler, Zoltan Mesko, Mat McBriar, Brad Wing, and Jordan Berry. That’s an NBA starting…


2016 Steelers Stock Watch – CB Doran Grant – Stock Up

With the 2016 NFL Draft now over and the bulk of the heavy lifting done with regard to the roster building process now out of the way, it is easier to begin to take stock of where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand at certain positions, and what the implications might be…


Steelers Losing Opportunities As Others Exploit Secondary Free Agent Market

Two days ago, the window closed on the period during which unrestricted free agents whose 2015 contracts had expired would factor into teams’ compensatory draft pick formulas. And for the past two days, I have written about potential targets at the cornerback and defensive end positions that the Pittsburgh Steelers…