Steelers Training Camp Battles: Defensive Line

Defensive LineLocks: Cam Thomas, Steve McLendon, Cameron Heyward, Stephon TuittBattling: Nicholas Williams vs. Daniel McCullers vs. Josh Mauro vs. Hebron FangupoAvailable: 2 spotsThe Skinny: Let me first say that it would not surprise me one bit to see Pittsburgh keep seven active defensive linemen if they have the roster space. This group figures to be more of a rotational bunch...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Steve McLendon Working To Be A 60-Minute Player

Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon has taken his fair share of criticism over the past season from fans of the organization who don’t believe that he has the size or strength to fulfill the traditional roles of the position. And that was fine by him. In truth, there’s no bigger critic of McLendon than […] Steve McLendon Working To Be A 60-Minute Player is a post...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steve McLendon Weight, Offense Expectations & More Episode

Season 4, Episode 109 of The Terrible Podcast is up and with co-host David Todd still not back settled after his weekend off, Alex Kozora joins me once again to talk about all of the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers. In this episode, Alex and I talk about the recent reports concerning the weight and current health of […] The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steve...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Versatile Steeler Thomas grateful for new opportunity

Steve McLendon didn't answer the question, but it was more like he couldn't answer it about new teammate Cam Thomas. “I would rather not say what he brings because I want people to see what he brings,” McLendon said. Maybe a better answer might be from where will Thomas bring it? The Steelers signed the 330-pounder nicknamed “Baby Zilla” to a two-year, $4 million...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

New-Look Steve McLendon Will Better Serve Team Needs This Season

From the sounds of it, Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon would very much like to forget about last season. It was his first year as a starter, and at times, it showed. But he knows that he can’t forget, because he knows that it taught him so much on his journey to preparing for […] New-Look Steve McLendon Will Better Serve Team Needs This Season is a post from:...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Version Of Steelers NT Steve McLendon Includes Stronger Ankles, 17 Extra Pounds

Last week during his podcast, former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Craig Wolfley, who also serves as the team’s sideline reporter for radio network, said nose tackle Steve McLendon has put on weight during the offseason. On Thursday, McLendon told the media that he has indeed added 17 pounds since last season and that he now […] 2014 Version Of Steelers NT Steve McLendon...
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Projecting the Steelers 2014 Defensive Starters

#462921727 / The Pittsburgh Steelers have some interesting battles along their defense.  The Steelers defense was down production wise last season, but this year the are looking to improve.  They made moves in the off-season to get better and younger through the draft and through free agency. A little while back, I projected the Steelers offensive starters, and...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Steelers NT Steve McLendon Has Weight Up To About 325 Pounds

Former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman and current radio color man Craig Wolfley has been busy taking in the OTA practices and during his most recent podcast, he had an interesting piece of information concerning starting nose tackle Steve McLendon. “I didn’t realize it, his weight dropped,” said Wolfley of the 2013 version of McLendon. “He was […] Report: Steelers...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Steelers Film Room: The Steve McLendon Myth

By Alex Kozora Throughout the rest of the offseason, we’ll examine specific plays from the Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 season. We won’t be focusing so much on individual play, though that inevitably comes with any breakdown, but instead, we will focus on concepts used in the pro game to show not just what happened, but why […] Steelers Film Room: The Steve McLendon Myth is a...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Steelers John Mitchell Told NT Steve McLendon To Be Steve McLendon

While he only played 355 snaps last season, Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon played reasonable well in his first full year as a starter. During his Friday evening press conference following the selection of Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, defensive line coach John Mitchell […] Steelers John Mitchell Told NT Steve...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Steve McLendon primed for bigger role?

Cameron Heyward may have provided a glimpse earlier this week into a subtle yet significant shift that appears to be taking place in the Steelers’ defensive philosophy. When asked if nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme has become devalued with teams playing more nickel or dime than their base defense, Heyward said, “The nose tackle position is vital. I think it’s the most critical...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Steelers NT Steve McLendon Could See More Time In Sub Packages In 2014

Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon played a career-high 355 snaps in his first full season as a starter last year, but that number figures to increase significantly if what defensive end Cameron Heyward said this past week comes to fruition. “I think our nose tackles have to be ready to play in sub package […] Steelers NT Steve McLendon Could See More Time In Sub...
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May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

NT Interest Says Less About McLendon Than It Does About Fangupo

When it was reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers were meeting with a free agent nose tackle yesterday, this move was no doubt received as a bit of a pleasant surprise by many fans who question the decision to play Steve McLendon at nose tackle. As I have written previously, while McLendon is the best candidate on the roster to fulfill the duties of the nose tackle in this defense...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Cam Thomas Would Not Be An Upgrade Over Steve McLendon

For all of the grief that Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon has received, he is by far a more superior player than San Diego Chargers unrestricted free agent Cam Thomas is. Thomas, who is scheduled to meet with the Steelers on Friday, has played well at times during his short NFL career, but found himself on the back end of a rotation behind Sean Lissemore last season...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

On Steve McLendon: Right Man For The Job Versus Right Job For The Man

It would be hard to argue that there’s a better candidate on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster right now to play nose tackle than Steve McLendon. After all, that is why the team signed him to a three-year contract last offseason. And when all was said and done, the run statistics suggest that by and large, McLendon held his own when he was on the field. He may not have done everything...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pessimist’s Take – Light Nose Tackles

For a team facing so much adversity in the past season and heading into the next with a litany of questions to address, it’s natural to consider the issues and how they can either go right or wrong, as well as how they will affect  the broader dynamics and future success of the team, both heading into this season and into the future. Though not statistically true, it is technically...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Steelers End Of Season Player Exit Meetings – NT Steve McLendon

By Matthew Marczi End-of-season player exit meetings are not something that we are often privy to as outsiders of the football world. Generally, we only get a glimpse into that world when a player is asked by a reporter how the meeting went, if the player is willing to discuss it. Still, it’s not generally a hard concept to grasp, and we have a pretty good feel by now of how Mike...
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February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

State of the Steelers: Defensive Line

With the offense completely finished, we now turn our attention to the defense. They say games are won in the trenches, so might as well start there. The Steelers finished the season with the 21st ranked defense against the run. While that was an improvement over the 2012 ranking, it’s clear that the Steelers defense just doesn’t scare running backs like it used to. I will say...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

So You Think Steve McLendon Was Bad Against The Run In 2013?

There a lot of fans that are wanting the Pittsburgh Steelers to draft a nose tackle early in the 2014 NFL Draft because they feel like Steve McLendon isn't doing his job against the run. I'm here to tell you, McLendon played well against the run in his first full season as a starter when he was in the game. While I certainly can't walk you through every running play,...
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December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers NT Steve McLendon Leaves Browns Game With Ankle Injury

Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon has left the game against the Cleveland Browns early in the second half with a left ankle injury. McLendon had to be helped off the field and has been carted to the locker room. The Steelers starting nose tackle has missed time this season with an ankle injury that suffered in the last game against the Browns. The Steelers currently...
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December 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers’ Injury Report: Bret Keisel, Steve McLendon, Kelvin Beachum

The Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.  Who is in?  Who is out?  Find out, in your Pittsburgh Steelers Week 16 injury report. All the Terrible Towels are probable this week and they are:Defensive end Brett Keisel (foot) limited participation Wednesday and Thursday with full participation Friday.Nose tackle Steve McLendon (ankle) full participation.Guard...
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December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers’ Injury Report: Bret Keisel, Steve McLendon, Kelvin Beachum

The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.  Who is in?  Who is out?  Find out, in your Pittsburgh Steelers Week 15 injury report. The Steelers have one player listed as out; defensive end Brett Keisel (foot) did not participate all week.Nose tackle Steve McLendon (ankle) did not participate and is questionable.The rest of the yellow towels are listed as probable...
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December 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers Injury Report: Beachum Practices; Gilbert, Keisel, Hood, McLendon, Polamalu All Sidelined

The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night at Heinz Field and the first practice report for the week is now out. Not practicing on Wednesday were tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle), defensive end Ziggy Hood (ankle), defensive end Brett Keisel (foot), nose tackle Steve McLendon (ankle) and safety Troy Polamalu (shoulder). Video from […] Steelers Injury Report...
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December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers Get NT Steve McLendon Back For Dolphins Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers won't have the services of defensive end Brett Keisel on Sunday for their home game against the Miami Dolphins, but they will get back an important member of the defensive line. Nose tackle Steve McLendon, who sat out the Thanksgiving night game against the Baltimore Ravens with a left ankle injury suffered […] Steelers Get NT Steve McLendon Back For...
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December 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Steelers Injury Report: Beachum, DeCastro And McLendon Sit On Wednesday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now wrapped up their Wednesday practice as they prepare to host the Miami Dolphins Sunday at Heinz Field and the first injury report of the week has now been released. Missing practice on Wednesday were defensive end Brett Keisel (foot), tackle Kelvin Beachum (knee), guard David DeCastro (foot) and nose tackle Steve McLendon (ankle). Keisel has already...
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December 04, 2013  |  Discuss
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