Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after his dominating week 8 performance against the Colts.
In the Steelers 26-24 home win, Dupree filled the stat sheet with two sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, three quarterback hits and three solo tackles.
1️⃣ forced fumble
1️⃣ fumble recovery
2️⃣.0️⃣ sacks@Bud_Dupree has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. the Colts!
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 6, 2019
Dupree is having his most productive year of his career in 2019. Through his first eight games, Dupree has racked up eight tackles for loss, six sacks, two forced fumbles, and nine quarterback hits.
The Steelers management gave Dupree another chance by picking up his fifth-year option a year ago after his productive 2017 campaign. This year is the final year before Dupree will be looking for a new contract.
After having only 5.5 sacks all of last season, the talented but inconsistent linebacker is clearly playing for a new contract when free agency comes around. Being healthy for the first time in a few years has been beneficial to the energized play that Dupree has showcased during the first half of this 2019 season.
Dupree has done well causing havoc for opposing quarterbacks all season long and has also stepped up his tackling in the running game and that played a role in him being named AFC DPOY. His tackle on 3rd-down forced the Colts to attempt a field goal instead of running the clock down, a field goal that Vinatieri went on to miss.
Dupree and T.J. Watt have one of the best current outside linebacking tandems in the league and have been key in the Steelers getting back to .500 on the season–and will be even more important when it comes down to the team’s playoff push.
JuJu Smith-Schuster Delivers Pizzas to Steelers Fans
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is bringing some joy to fans during tough times.
Smith-Schuster spent his Tuesday afternoon delivering pizzas for PizzaHut, and even took the time to snap a pic with a young fan, courtesy of JimStamm22 on Twitter.
Hopefully, this gives everyone a little lift today. @TeamJuJu just delivered @pizzahut to our house in Pittsburgh. He even took a little time to take a picture with our son, Ben. Thanks Juju, you made our day!!! 👍😁🍕#Steelers #HereWeGo pic.twitter.com/u7u561SheP— ForTheCity_412 (@JimStamm22) June 2, 2020
A fan favorite, Smith-Schuster is entering his fourth season in Pittsburgh.
After an explosive sophomore season in 2018, Smith-Schuster battled injuries and inconsistent quarterback play that combined for a lackluster 2019.
With the return of franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Smith-Schuster appears primed to deliver more than pizzas this upcoming season.
Report: Steelers to Hold Training Camp at Team Facility, Not at Saint Vincent College
It looks like the Steelers will be staying home for training camp this August.
According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday, the league has informed teams that they must hold training camp at their facilities later this summer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And so the NFL has told all its teams that they must stay at their team facilities for this summer's training camps.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 2, 2020
The Steelers will now be conducting training camp on the South Side, instead of their traditional summer home of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, snapping a 54-year streak.
The league still plans for training camp to begin on time, but has made no announcement on changes to the season or whether games will have fans.
Steelers Honor 2020 Graduates at Heinz Field
The Pittsburgh Steelers are showing love to the 2020 graduates that had their senior years cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The team honored this year’s graduating class by displaying a congratulatory message on the scoreboard at Heinz Field Friday night.
You worked hard.— Heinz Field (@heinzfield) May 30, 2020
You did your best.
You gave it your all.
You earned this.
Congratulations to the class of 2020! pic.twitter.com/bzykmUF6u7
A few current and former Steelers players also voiced their support on social media, including running back James Conner, defensive end Cam Heyward and retired defensive end Brett Keisel.
“Keep focused, keep chasing your dreams,” Conner said. “I know 2020’s been a wild year, but just stay focused, stay locked in. I know you guys are all going to go and accomplish great things.”
Congratulations to the graduates of the Class of 2020!— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 29, 2020
Tonight at 8:20 pm, we honor you by displaying a special congratulatory message on the videoboard at @HeinzField!@JamesConner_ | @CamHeyward | @bkeisel99 pic.twitter.com/HaG5SVofNi
Students across the Pittsburgh area have been forced to finish the school year from home, and have unfortunately had to miss out on some of life’s biggest milestones, such as prom and graduation day.
It’s great to see the Steelers doing their part to make students feel celebrated and recognized.