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B/R Predicts the Falcons Biggest Bust

‘Tis the season of offseason predictions, and Bleacher Report (B/R) predicted edge rusher Bud Dupree to be the biggest bust for the Atlanta Falcons this season.

“Dupree is not going to save the Falcons pass rush,” wrote Alex Ballentine on B/R. “Just ask the Tennessee Titans how that plan plays out.”

“The Falcons—who were last in pressure percentage last season—have taken several stabs at solving their pass rush issues over the last few seasons. Dupree is one of the latest as they gave him a modest one-year, $3 million contract to see if he can return to his form from his days with the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

A big bust is a player that comes with big expectations. Dupree is an odd choice considering the mentioned $3-million contract. The Titans signed Dupree to a 5-year, $82.5-million contract in 2021 with $35 million guaranteed.

The Titans wanted Dupree to replicate his Steelers form when he had 19.5 sacks combined in 2019 and 2020.

The modest contract from the Falcons indicates modest expectations. The Falcons added Dupree as a veteran depth piece. If he can be an upgrade on Ade Ogundeji’s 42 tackles and two sacks in 16 starts, he’ll have earned his money.

If you’re going to choose a bust candidate for the Falcons, you need to swing higher than a reserve edge rusher making $3 million on a one-year deal.

How about Kyle Pitts?

Pitts had an excellent rookie season when he became the second tight end to break 1,000 yards in his first season. He fell off dramatically in year two with just 356 yards in 10 games before he was lost for the season with a knee injury.

The Falcons made him the highest drafted tight end in history with the No. 4 overall pick in 2021. He has 1,382 yards and three touchdowns in two years with the Falcons. If he were to only split the difference between his first two seasons and get 700 yards and a touchdown, that would still be considered disappointing.

Pitts is expected to have a much better year in 2023 with more help around him with the likes of Drake London, Bijan Robinson, and Cordarrelle Patterson. Desmond Ridder is expected to be a much more productive quarterback than Pitts had with Marcus Mariota.

Bud Dupree won’t be considered a bust no matter his production with the Falcons. He’s a low risk, high reward signing.

However, Kyle Pitts needs to meet expectations this season to avoid the ‘B-word’ being thrown around at season’s end.

Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy is an Atlanta native and 20 year media veteran including time as Director of Scouting at, Managing Editor at 247Sports, VP Content Operations at Sports Illustrated and more. Scott has appeared as a recruiting and NFL Draft analyst on dozens of media including ESPN, NFL Network, USA Today, NY Times, and more.

2 Replies to “B/R Predicts the Falcons Biggest Bust

  1. if you want your last nfl check the atl falcons will sign you its something wrong with the falcons .with no quarterbacks in the nfc south they will end up last. its just the way we are its hurts me to say this who ever the scout for players you getting a free check

    1. The last two years, the falcons have had to sign guys that are on minimum contracts. Winning seven games in back to back years with a bunch of cast offs was a pretty good feat

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