Dunlap: Bud Dupree Is Allegedly Good

Colin Dunlap
May 30, 2019 - 7:01 am
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Apparently Bud Dupree is good.

That's what I keep hearing. His outside-backer mate T.J. Watt said it on Wednesday. Watt couldn't have heaped more praise at OTAs. He spoke as if it was common knowledge just how good Dupree has been. 

Kevin Colbert said it in the offseason. Man, does he always have Bud's back or what? The GM glowed about Alvin. 

Mike Tomlin has complimented Dupree multiple times. He does it time and time again. 

Keith Butler sings his praises whenever he gets the chance, too. 

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It seems a common theme; it appears like there is a ton of talk --- but am I missing something on the action? Heck, I can't figure it out. 

When I look at the stats, I see 20 sacks in 54 career games for a guy who was taken in the first round in the 2015 Draft out of Kentucky. A guy who we were told could dominate games with his speed; who had a mixture of size and speed where he could quickly get around end or roar powerfully through a potential roadblock and absolutely devastate the quarterback. 

We have, to be fair, only seen it a few times. 

And as Dupree had his fifth-year option picked up by the franchise, he is truly faced with a make-or-break season. 

All this talk --- again the latest by Watt on Wednesday --- forces me to wonder again: Are we missing something about Dupree? Is he actually good and impacting games? What's the truth in all of this?

Perhaps it is in the middle. Maybe he's that player who hasn't been as bad as the fans have rattled about but not been as good as his team will have you believe. 

Or is this just a concerted effort by many in the Steelers organization to talk Dupree up even as they know he isn't performing at a level that matches their words? Maybe to try to motivate him? Maybe to try to reassure him? Maybe to try to (finally) get a really good campaign out of him as he has averaged five sacks per season? 

I can't read it, to be honest. I don't know what to think in all of the words. 

I know what I see, however. I see the action. And to this point the action --- in my estimation --- hasn't been good enough. Dupree can change all that with a good 2019. If he wants to remain a Steeler beyond this season, the truth should be that he had better have a very good 2019 to earn that chance. 

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