Bud Dupree spoke with Jeremey Fowler of ESPN as part of phase 2 of the off-season team activities, the former Kentucky star feels he can take his game to a whole new level this year.
Dupree spent much of the off-season agonizing over missed opportunities after watching film from last season, “I just left double-digit sacks on the field,” said Dupree, a fourth-year pass-rusher who finished with six in 2017. “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.”
The former first round draft pick knows he has a lot on the line this season as he can potentially earn a massive contract with a breakout year. The Steelers are counting on Dupree to increase his production after they exercised his 5th-year option in May.
“They see the ceiling that I have,” Dupree said. “I feel myself getting better and better each day. I know I’m going to be the best I can be, one of the most talked-about at my position.”
That’s exactly what the Steelers want from Dupree as they have not had a double digit sack outside pass rusher since James Harrison and Lamar Woodley did so back in 2010.
If the Steelers defense can make a jump next year the team will certainly be in a good position to compete for a Super Bowl considering the fire-power they have offensively.