The Titans announced this morning that they are activating edge rusher Bud Dupree off of the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and he is expected to participate in practice today for the first time since signing his five-year, $82.5-million contract to join Tennessee in March.
To make room for Dupree on the 90-man roster, the Titans released offensive lineman Patrick Morris.
Getting Dupree onto the practice field is a big step for the Titans. He was brought in this offseason to join forces with Harold Landry and help fix a pass rush that tallied a paltry 19 sacks in 2020. Over the past two seasons, Dupree’s 19.5 sacks rank 8th among NFL pass rushers.
Expect the Titans to ease him back into the mix as they have done with Caleb Farley and other players coming off injuries. Dupree will probably be limited to just individual drills initially before ramping up to more full-contact team period work later in camp.
Getting him activated more than a full month ahead of opening day is a good sign for his availability against the Cardinals in Week 1. Expect Dupree to quickly become the leader of an outside linebacker room that also includes Harold Landry, John Simon, Rashad Weaver, Derick Roberson, and Ola Odeniyi.
After starting camp with five on either the NFI or PUP list, the Titans are now down to one: backup offensive lineman Aaron Brewer.