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Steelers Bud Dupree Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

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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.

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.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20

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James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.

This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

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Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.

Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.

Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”

The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.

Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.

Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20

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The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.

Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

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