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Insider Only Steelers – Thursday: Dupree heading in right direction

STEELERS – THURSDAY

PITTSBURGH — Bud Dupree’s statistics from his first NFL game were rather modest, but the Pittsburgh Steelers No. 1 pick was among the few bright spots for a defense that still has a long way to go this season.

And Dupree showed that he should have a bright future as a pass-rushing outside linebacker after dropping New England quarterback Tom Brady for a loss, pressuring him and securing two solo tackles. Still, the Steelers lost to the Patriots, 28-21, last Thursday night.

“The sack was good, but we were focusing on getting a win,” Dupree said. “And that didn’t happen. But getting my first sack, that definitely was something I’ll remember. And I’m glad I got it out of the way in my first game.”

Sure, Dupree missed some plays and assignments as well, including a huge pass from Brady to tight end Rob Gronkowski, but he played that on a miscommunication with the secondary when safety help over the top never arrived. And the long reception led to a Patriots touchdown. Dupree said he blew it, but Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison believed the good outweighed the bad by Dupree.

“He did a good job, especially for his first time out, but we expect a lot from him,” Harrison said. “(But) it was just one game, and I don’t think he did anything to get Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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Dale Grdnic

TIOPS Steelers Beat Writer

Dale Grdnic is a contributor to Inside Pittsburgh Sports, covering the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Football. Dale has covered the Pittsburgh Sports scene for over 15 years with various publications

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