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Which Steelers player on defense will have a breakout season?

Discussion in 'Steelers Talk' started by steelersrule6, Jul 8, 2018.

  1. Burns

    2 vote(s)
    6.9%
  2. Davis

    2 vote(s)
    6.9%
  3. Tuitt

    7 vote(s)
    24.1%
  4. Dupree

    4 vote(s)
    13.8%
  5. Williams

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Bostic

    1 vote(s)
    3.4%
  7. Hargrave

    1 vote(s)
    3.4%
  8. Burnett

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Watt

    4 vote(s)
    13.8%
  10. Other

    8 vote(s)
    27.6%
  1. steelersrule6

    steelersrule6 Well-Known Member

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    For the Steelers sake, it would be best if it was Dupree it would mean he earned it by them picking up his 5th year option.
     
  2. mac daddyo

    mac daddyo Well-Known Member

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    I think sutton if healthy will make some noise, followed by matakevich.:cool:
     
  3. Roonatic

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    I might be the only one who votes for Davis. I think the kid has a better chance than Dupree to step up.
     
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  4. mac daddyo

    mac daddyo Well-Known Member

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    I think he did pretty well last year. Add Bradley teaching him and a position switch to where he should be and I think he gets even better. :cool:
     
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  5. Roonatic

    Roonatic Well-Known Member

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    I think he played better than alot of the other ten on the field also. His mistakes will hopefully get coached out of him & turn into a plus on this year's defense.
     
  6. AskQuestionsLater

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    Artie Burns for me. A new teacher and his third season of playing in the league should be beneficial for him.


    Perhaps we will not just see his abilities improve as a cover corner but as a run stopping corner as well overall.
     
  7. Iowasteeljim

    Iowasteeljim Well-Known Member

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    I really want Bud to be the man. I like the gifts he possesses, and I don't think he is nearly as bad as he is made out to be. However, I had to go with Tuitt. I watched him in college and have seen glimpses since he has been a Steeler. I think if he can play healthy, he can be the difference maker. More importantly, if he can be dominate he can make the rest of the line better!
     
  8. Formerscribe

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    I am going with Tuitt because he is the best player in the group. We saw it at the end of the 2016 season. We even saw flashes of it while he was playing with one arm last year. One of the primary reasons to hope the defense can be better is the hope that Heyward and Tuitt could be healthy and making plays together up front.
     
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  9. jeh1856

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    I was thinking the same thing with a healthy Tuitt.
     
  10. HeinzMustard

    HeinzMustard Well-Known Member

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    Poll needs a "none of the above" option.
     
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  11. troybellringer55

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    I think Watt could be poised to go further. He started out gang busters last year, but you could see that Rookie wall hit him mid-season on.

    They played him a ton in pre-season, and the Rookies aren't used to playing a 20 game schedule plus playoffs.

    I would also expect Tuitt and Hargrave to bounce back.

    As far as Dupree he better put up, or he's on his last go around here, if he doesn't.
     
  12. steelersrule6

    steelersrule6 Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure Sutton will get enough snaps unless there's injuries, Hilton has the slot CB role for now. And the Steelers drafted two safeties, and signed one in FA.
     
  13. Confluence

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    i want to live the dream of having two shut down corners, i went w Burns

    I would like to pick more than one
     
  14. TheSteelHurtin2188

    TheSteelHurtin2188 Well-Known Member

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    I think switching sides is going to help Dupree out big time.
     
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  15. Watt Wack

    Watt Wack Well-Known Member

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    We now have 4 starters on D switching positions? This staff must think moving players around is a panacea.
     
  16. mac daddyo

    mac daddyo Well-Known Member

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    Maybe 6 but Hilton was talking about them using 7 DBs on the field at once in ota's. This will be interesting to watch this year. Hilton is only signed for a year and we don't know how long haden will be kept after this year. Burns was also benched a game last year for sub par play. We go from not enough good ones to too many.:cool:
     
  17. TheSteelHurtin2188

    TheSteelHurtin2188 Well-Known Member

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    Or it could all go back to the orginized chaos that they are going for. You have multiple guys that can play multiple positions and line up all over the place. QBs are going to have to decide who’s a safety, who’s and ILB, where the OLBs are lined up and are they coming or dropping.
     
  18. M. Connors

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    I went with Bostic because I think he’s going to surprise some folks with his level of play this year. Shazier is impossible to replace so I think fans will collectively target that position for a huge let down. From what I’ve read he’s a high character, hard working guy that’s been bitten by the injury bug over his career. I think he comes in, stays healthy, and gels with a Williams to solidify the run defense. I’ll even say he produces a few timely splash plays as well.
    Hoping Tuitt recovers fully and has a stellar season. Hoping Hayden resembles a shut down corner. Hoping the safety play is far and away better than last year and hoping Watt doesn’t exhibit a sophomore slump. A lot of hoping and praying for this defense this year.
     
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  19. AskQuestionsLater

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    As do I. :)


    People need to remember that Dupree's get off and athletic abilities are crazy. His issue lies with his hand placement, hips and ankles. Granted, a side switch in itself would not be enough to warrant his improvement though.


    The reason Dupree can be better will be due to the fact that, as a "force" based pass rusher, he can use his skills with more confidence and comfort on the right side than he would on the left one.


    While the differences between the Left and Right tackle are essentially non existent, the core value of each remains the same; length and athleticism. Dupree's athletic abilities can match a good number of offensive tackles. Again though, the issue comes in the form of his "toolbox".


    I do believe, however that, should he be healthy for a full season, Dupree will showcase strides of being a quality pass rusher. How big those strides though, are up to him.
     
  20. Lizard72

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    Yup, he looked like he was either confused or he was trying to cover for someone else not being where they were supposed to be.
     
  21. AskQuestionsLater

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    Artie has all the "expensive remodelling materials" to succeed. He, along with the rest of the secondary, need a "professional contractor" to ensure that the "pristine renovation" comes into fruition.
     
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  22. SteelerJJ

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  23. Rambro

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    Tuitt. It's essential that he returns to form. When healthy he and Heyward have a chance to be a special duo.
     
  24. Lizard72

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    They really need a better rotation.

    Those guys are spent at the end of the season.
     
  25. Watt Wack

    Watt Wack Well-Known Member

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    Or they could run it up the gut, and say "F that F'n BS," like Fournette did.
     

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