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Ex-Cat Bud Dupree down 20 pounds ahead of second NFL season

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree arrives for NFL football camp at the team training facility in Latrobe, Pa. on Thursday, July 28, 2016.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree arrives for NFL football camp at the team training facility in Latrobe, Pa. on Thursday, July 28, 2016. AP

Several second-year Steelers players reported to camp significantly lighter than they were as rookies, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Outside linebacker Bud Dupree, last year’s first-round pick out of the University of Kentucky, dropped 20 pounds and now weighs 254 pounds.

“No carbs,” Dupree said with a smile, according to ESPN.

Fellow outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo and tight end Jesse James also dropped about 20 pounds.

“I think what you’re seeing is, a lot of times guys come into the professional ranks thinking it’s a big man’s game,” Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said. “But more than that, it’s a highly conditioned game. These guys are showing you they understand the level of conditioning is much more important to what they weigh. All second-year guys have done a lap around the track. Their weight is reflective of that.”

Tomlin said he’s not worried about Dupree playing at a lighter weight.

Dupree, who said playing at a lighter weight will allow him to play with more energy and remain on the field longer this season, also told ESPN that he relied on boxing training with noted pass-rush trainer Chuck Smith to stay fit.

Dupree said he’s way ahead of where he was as a rookie.

“Conditioning-wise, and playbook-wise,” Dupree said.

“My No. 1 thing is speed,” he told ESPN. “I have to make sure people know that’s my threat. I have to have counter moves (to complement speed).”

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