Some might call it a formality, while others might take the depth chart a bit more serious than others; however, there has been a change at the outside linebacker position for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Arthur Moats, the starter at the position since the beginning of training camp, has now been replaced with rookie Bud Dupree as the starter on the team's depth chart.
Another change to the @Steelers depth chart: Bud Dupree us now the starter at LOLB, with Arthur Moats No. 2 there.— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) December 15, 2015
The change won't mean much other than who is on the field for the first defensive series, as the team deploys a rotation at OLB, but it will have significance in terms of who Dupree is paired with on the other side of the field.
Dupree had benefited from being paired with James Harrison on the right side, which often had the offense slide protection towards Harrison, leaving Dupree with a one-on-one matchup. Early in the season Dupree took advantage of those opportunities and registered 4 sacks.
Dupree has hit a cold spell in terms of his sack production. He hasn't registered a sack since the Week 8 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field, and hasn't had a multiple tackle game since the team's Week 9 win over the Cleveland Browns.
Dupree will now be paired primarily with Jarvis Jones as the starting left and right outside linebackers, while Moats will settle in across from the man they call "Deebo". Dupree, who still has a ways to go in terms of his refined skills as a pass rusher, will hopefully thrive in his new role as a starter and help the defense continue their knack for getting after the quarterback.
The team has registered 38 sacks in 2015, which has them 5th in the NFL.