NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Four seasons have passed since then Tennessee Titans Most recently, a player registered two-digit bag numbers.
The lack of a groundbreaking pass rusher hampered the Titans’ defense last season when they allowed an NFL worst enemy conversion rate of 51.8% and had 19 sacks, placing them 30th in the league.
Which is why add Bud DupreeIt was so important to sign a five-year free hand contract worth $ 82.5 million. The linebacker finished last season with eight sacks in eleven games and had 15 QB hits. Despite missing five games in 2021, Duprees 19.5 sacks rank eighth among all NFL pass rushers in the past two seasons.
Adding 28 year old Dupree characters to make Tennessee’s defenses a more menacing unit. He wants to give the titans an advantage.
“I’m going to go out there and play with my hair burning and go after the quarterback as much as possible. Try to put pressure on,” Dupree said at his introductory press conference. “Just chase the ball. Run to the ball no matter where it is. If there is a pile, get in the pile and get dirty. Never turn the contact down.”
But there is more to Dupree than blowing up ball carriers. He’s a lover too – especially when it comes to his pit bulls. Dupree has been with dogs all his life and loves a certain type of pit bull known as a “tyrant”.
“The bully breed is a special breed,” said Dupree. “None of them look the same. A lot of people use them as companion dogs. I have 13 dogs right now. It’s always fun to go home and let them out at the same time. Let them run around the yard. I don’t feel right if I don’t have one Dog. It’s only part of my life. “
Dupree has a mindset that drives him to always look to make the big game when his team needs it. He wants the entire team to follow the same “lead dog” approach.
“It’s just an attitude I have and I think everyone on the field should think the same way,” said Dupree. “On this team we’re going to use 11 lead dogs in defense. If we instill this in everyone, there’ll be 11 guys in the field and 11 guys who want to take your face off your face. I can already see these guys move this. I’ll come in and.” bring some things from my game and they can show me the ropes too. “
Dupree plays with a chip on his shoulder that makes him one of the most violent players in the NFL. This chip evolves from feeling like you’ve been overlooked your entire life – especially when he played soccer at Wilkinson County High School in Irwinton, Georgia.
According to Dupree, doubters thought he wouldn’t mind. He was only receiving scholarship offers in his senior year after camp at the University of Tennessee, in which he and his coach traveled more than 300 miles.
Their trip was almost derailed when his trainer’s broadcast went down. But they made it to the camp, where Dupree made a name for himself.
“Since then, I’ve just wanted to make sure I was one of the people they talked about,” Dupree said.
Dupree was a first choice Pittsburgh Steelers He had 8.5 bags in his first two seasons, but over the next four seasons he had 31 bags with All-Pro teammate T.J. Watt in the same lineup.
His success against Watt raised the question of whether Dupree could be just as successful without an all-pro pending with him. But the Steelers took a turn for the worst last season after a torn ACL Dupree landed in injured reserves at Week 12. They followed an 11-0 start with a 4-1 finish and a loss in the wildcard round of the playoffs.
Dupree had an answer when asked if his success in Pittsburgh was the result of his sideline.
“Turn the tape on. If I get one on one, I’ll win,” said Dupree. “I win with chips. In the running game, no external linebacker in the league plays the run like me.
“If you turn the tape on and see me run back ten feet back from the border, how can you say it’s someone else’s? Or if I’m winning a rush in a second, how can you say it’s someone else’s other lies? ” ? “
The seventh year veteran was well on his way to a sacked and QB hit pre-injury career. Dupree said he trained at EXOS in Arizona and vowed to be ready for training camp.
He joked about a forecast for his sack count in 2021, but changed his mind about giving an exact number.
“I don’t like to limit my bags because sometimes you think of a number and you are satisfied with that number,” said Dupree. “I just want to make sure that I can take advantage of every opportunity I have.”