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Steelers showing more trust in rookie Bud Dupree as season progresses

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree (48) and free safety Mike Mitchell (23) celebrate after sacking San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree (48) and free safety Mike Mitchell (23) celebrate after sacking San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) AP

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been starting their games with Arthur Moats and Jarvis Jones at outside linebacker, and then rotating series with 37-year-old James Harrison and Bud Dupree, their first-round pick out Kentucky.

But their showed signs of putting more faith in Dupree in the team's overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4. the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Harrison and Dupree started in overtime. They were in for the second series, too.

"I'm just trying to make them have faith in me each and every play," Dupree told the Tribune-Review on Monday. "Just being on the field, having my presence out there (in overtime) felt good."

Dupree told the newspaper that he split time during the game between pass coverage and rushing the passer.

"I always want to be a complete player, so being in coverage I can showcase my versatility," Dupree said. "Any things I can do for my team — it's not all about me, it's really the team. What do I need to do to win? I just wanna win."

Dupree had three tackles against the Ravens, giving him 11 overall for the season. He has two quarterback sacks.

"I'm starting to think a little less now," Dupree told the Tribune-Review, "but it's still a learning curve. It's not so much the plays; it's more the concepts and formations and stuff like that. Different things teams do out of the same formations. They're not running the same plays every week, like college. So that's the biggest takeaway and biggest thing in terms of getting better each week."

[Read the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's full story on Bud Dupree]

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