31-Year-Old Defensive Tackle – New York Jets
2017 Fantasy Football Outlook
McLendon had a career-high 3.5 sacks last season, his first in New York, but with the Jets in full rebuilding mode and McLendon on the wrong side of 30, there's no guarantee he'll even be on the roste...
Steve McLendon Contract Information:
Signed a three-year deal with the Jets in March of 2016.
McLendon (neck, hip) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Andy Vasquez of NorthJersey.com reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
McLendon will play his first season with the Jets in 2016 after spending his first six-years in the league with the Steelers. He never played more than 34.2 percent of Pittsburgh’s defensive snaps, but figures to start and see more time now that he’s with New York. That being said, McLendon is still a run stuffing defensive tackle who doesn’t rack up a lot of stats, as evidenced by his 14 tackles and one sack in 16 games played last year. Don’t expect big numbers, even if his role does increase.
McLendon returns as the Steelers starting nose tackle, but injuries, which have resulted in his missing 17 games over the past five season, creates opportunities for Cam Thomas and Daniel McCullers to get their share of defensive snaps.
The addition of Cam Thomas may result in McLendon moving from nose tackle to left end. Either way, he should still make an impact this season.
McLendon will be asked to fill the cleats of former nose tackle Casey Hampton this season. He's a better pash rusher than Hampton, and should help a Steelers' defensive unit that recorded just 37 sacks in 2012.
A former undrafted free agent, McLendon was expected to open the season as Pittsburgh's starting nose tackle, but Casey Hampton would still rotate in on obvious running downs.
McLendon, signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2009, has played in four games with one tackle and a fumble recovery.