Dupree credits Miller for Success in 2018

Steelers LB speaks about his off season with Broncos All-Pro

Noah Hiles
November 22, 2018 - 8:15 am

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – With the Steelers set to face the Denver Broncos on Sunday, one member of the Black and Gold will be able to give credit for the success he has had this season to a player on the opposing team.

Ten games into his 2018 campaign, Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree is on track to have a career high in tackles and sacks in his fourth professional season. According to Dupree, some of the improvements we have seen from him on Sundays are a product of what he learned this past off season at a pass rushing camp that was held by Broncos six time pro-bowl linebacker, Von Miller.

“There is always knowledge to be learned in the art of pass rushing,” said Dupree. “Just being around Von, along with the other greats that were there at the event allowed me to gain knowledge from all of them”.

While rushing the passer is more a physical activity than anything else, Dupree said that a majority of work that took place at Millers camp was not on the field but in a classroom. The members in attendance broke down film from some of the greatest pass rushers from both the past and the present to see what moves they used to get after the quarterback.

“Different guys do different moves,” said Dupree. “There is always a small thing you can add from their moves to make yourself better.”

“I took away a lot. A lot of snap count stuff and hand usage at the top of the wrist from Von.”

A camp like the one Miller held is both rare and exclusive. Dupree said that it is uncommon for an active NFL player to hold an event where others can come and exchange knowledge and there were less than 10 active players who received an invite. Dupree was one of the few players to attend that was not a member of the Denver Broncos.

Whatever Dupree learned at Millers camp, it seems to be working. The Steelers outside linebacker has 4.5 sacks this season and is just two away from surpassing his career high of 6.0, which he tallied last year.

Dupree is just one of many players on the Steelers defense who have been causing havoc in the opponents backfield this year. Pittsburgh enters week 12 of the season leading the NFL with 37 sacks, which has them well on pace to break the franchise record of 56 which they set in 2017.