Tennessee Titans fans will know how good Bud Dupree is very quickly.
If you’re a Pittsburgh Steelers fan or a Tennessee Titans fan, you’ve probably heard this a time or two. It’s still pretty interesting, so why not throw it out there for the sake of argument. There are fans of both teams that believe a lot of what Bud Dupree did in the Steel City was because of the fact that he had T.J. Watt hanging out on the other side of the formation.
Now, in fairness, Dupree appeared in 28 games with 14 starts and notched 71 tackles and nine sacks before Watt was ever a part of the Steelers’ defense, but it can’t be denied that Watt benefited some by Dupree’s presence as well.
Dupree was placed on the team’s IR (injured reserve) on January 3rd. Watt missed Week 17’s game versus the Cleveland Browns, but again, Watt’s production, though stellar as always, from Week 13 to Week 15 wasn’t very Watt-like at times.
Oh, he was still impressive and better than so many of his peers. He turned in 15 tackles, two forced fumbles, and four sacks, but he probably could have been even better than that.
Let’s settle this though. Both guys benefited from having the other as teammates. Now, with Dupree joining the guys in Nashville, sure, he’s got some help there as well, but he can also prove he’s a star in his own right.
There’s no reason he can’t do it. Dupree has a good chance of earning a Pro Bowl nod, which will be his first, on this Tennessee Titans defense. Don’t be surprised if he does so. What might be more surprising is the fact that he hasn’t been given that distinction already.