Now with the 2022 Super Bowl champion* Tennessee Titans, Bud Dupree is working hard to be ready for Week 1. The former Cat suffered an ACL tear on Dec. 2 during Pittsburgh’s game vs. Baltimore and has been rehabbing his knee around the clock in hopes of suiting up for the Titans’ season opener vs. the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 12. On Wednesday, he hopped on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football to provide an update on his recovery.
“Just training hard every day right now, man,” Dupree said. “ACL recovery, rehab has been one of the most progress things I’ve dealt with so far. Each week you see different levels of progress. You see different things changing about it. I’m working hard to be back as soon as I can, but it’s up to the coaching staff at the end of the day, like when they want me to be on the field and how comfortable they feel with me coming off the injury.”
The Titans signed Dupree to a five-year, $82.5 million contract in March in hopes he will provide a boost to their pass-rushing efforts. Last season, Tennessee only had 19 sacks, 30th out of the 32 teams in the league. Before suffering his ACL tear in December, Dupree had eight sacks, 31 tackles, and 15 quarterback hits. In the 2019 season, he finished with 11.5 sacks and 68 total tackles, 16 for a loss.
“Anytime you get paid to pass rush, you go ahead and get sacks and make big plays in the run game, be an all-around player,” Dupree said. “You don’t just come in just to be a one-trick pony and just do pass rush. You’ve got to be able to be a tone-setter on the edge, as well, swarming to the ball, stopping the run, evolving your teammates, getting everybody hyped up. That’s what it is, man. That excites everybody around you, and that’s a big part of the game, in today’s game, especially. We’ve got to go out and be tough, tough as nails, go out there and just play to our best ability.”
To watch Dupree’s interview, head on over to NFL.com, or check out videos of him rehabbing below.
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