The Titans had already agreed to terms with historical Colts defensive lineman Denico Autry to shore up what modified into once a pathetic cross skedaddle idea in 2020, and the addition of ex-Steelers edge-rusher Bud Dupree without a doubt does originate issues extra attention-grabbing. Per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Dupree has agreed to terms on a multi-twelve months deal worth a maximum of $16.5 million per twelve months.
Dupree is a larger player than folk believe he’s, and we haven’t seen the genuine contract numbers yet, but when he’s being paid fancy an elite edge guy ($16.5 million per twelve months would exactly match the contracts given to Arizona’s Chandler Jones and Green Bay’s Za’Darius Smith), Dupree can must elevate his game pretty to envision that scratch, but he modified into once on his formulation to that overall neighborhood in 2020 sooner than accidents bought in the formulation.
Even supposing his sack numbers have varied moderately wildly from season to season, Dupree has confirmed to be moderately consistent by formulation of total quarterback pressures — he’s had as a minimum 42 every twelve months since 2017, and 43 in a 2020 season that ended for him in Week 12 attributable to a torn ACL. Of course, when your bookend on the defensive line has 75 pressures (hi there, T.J. Watt), and you’re on the identical line with a guy fancy Cameron Heyward who can shatter half of an offensive line on every occasion he needs to, the automatic assumption is that Dupree is extra a constructed from his atmosphere than a power on his possess.
Whereas there also can honest be some truth to that in a overall sense, in the event you isolate Dupree on tape, he’s completely succesful of constructing his possess statements with a great array of cross-speeding ways.
Right here, in Week 11, he correct bombs Jaguars left address Cam Robinson (who’s also in our Top 101 free brokers checklist) with a prolonged-arm vitality switch straight out of the Von Miller playbook to sack quarterback Jake Luton…
…and here, in Week 8, he shows his skill to work in internet page internet page visitors to shut immediate to and thru the pocket to power a Lamar Jackson fumble. Surely one of the extra impressive effort sacks of the 2020 season.
Dupree modified into once on tempo to have his most attention-grabbing season sooner than he modified into once injured, and as prolonged as all the pieces assessments out in that regard, he’ll cease very successfully in Tennessee’s entrance, and as an occasional off-ball linebacker. It’ll be very attention-grabbing to notice how the Titans pick to align Dupree and Autry in the identical entrance.