Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/19/14

PITTSBURGH - 2009: Steve McLendon of the Pittsburgh Steelers poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by NFL Photos)

Pittsburgh Steeler defensive tackle Steve McLendon, at 280 lbs beleives he can play nose. As a DT, he considered 'undersized', who what description as a nose tackle would he receive, 'under-undersized'?

But Steve insists that he’s the right size for the job.

People may say I am not the classic nose tackle, but what is the classic nose tackle? Some nose tackles are big, some small,” McLendon told Steelers.com. “If you look at Jay Ratliff for the Cowboys he is not a big nose tackle, but he plays very well. You look at Casey Hampton and he is a big nose tackle and plays well. I figure I will be in between. If I can move quick at nose and play strong at nose, it’s all going to work itself out for me.”

Casey Hampton, most likely will go on the PUP list to start the season, so that makes McLendon the defacto starting nose tackle, and he's ready for it:

“I want to be great,” McLendon said. “I have taken my work ethic to the next level. I am pushing myself every day. If the stars are where I want to reach, I need to reach past them. The expectations are really, really high. That should be of everybody in the Steelers organization. The expectation is to win the Super Bowl and be great.”

 


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