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 tips the scales at 330 pounds.

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, McLendon claimed that he was asked by the coaches to drop down to 313 pounds last season and that in doing so it took a toll on him as the season wore on.

“Me gaining the weight was the most important thing for me, I felt, to be a healthier and better player,” said McLendon, according to Bouchette.

In order to add the weight, McLendon said he did more heavy lifting and less long-distance running.

In addition to adding weight this offseason, McLendon also said he has worked on strengthening the muscles in his ankles. Last season, the former undrafted free agent out of Troy missed two of the final five regular season games after suffering an ankle injury in the Week 12 win over the Cleveland Browns.

“I want to make sure I keep those ankles strong because I want to be a player for my team,” said McLendon. “I am going to be a player for my team. They need me as I need them.”

Last year was McLendon’s first full year as a starter after serving as the primary backup to Casey Hampton in 2012 and there’s no reason to think that he won’t improve in 2013.

“It was a learning season for me,” McLendon said. “I started off pretty good, I thought. As the season went on my body started to get beat down. It started to get tough for me.”

Now that he’s added some weight, 2014 figures to be tough for the offensive lineman that McLendon faces.

“I have confidence in myself. I don’t want to talk about it, I just want to show what I’m capable of.”

  • Jake Marion

    Need a little grammar edit in paragraph 3, Dave. I won’t be offended if you delete my comment. I got your back.

  • dgh57

    That’s my guy Steve McLendon! Good news from the most important position on the Defensive side of the ball. I agree if he does indeed improve it will be tough on opposing OL and I’m sure Shazier and Timmons among others will be appreciative of any improvement from the NT position. GO STEELERS!!!!

  • shawn

    Dammmmmn …. this is what i like to hear … Thanks for the article … Great News … gotta like this guy … so many team players with great attitude, i cant ever remember if we have had more quality team guys than we do now …. please chime in if i am mistaken … but really gotta like the team first attitude that seems to be apparent in so many of the Steeler players !!!

    footnote … very peculiar that the team had asked him to drop the weight last season … any thoughts anybody ?? seems to go against the philosophy of the past of plugging the middle …

  • shawn

    I dont know about all of you’s but i cant help but find myself more giddy by the day about our prospects for the new season … now while it wouldnt shock me to struggle thru another rebuilding 8-8 season … it also wouldnt surprise me too much if we were one of the dominant teams and found ourselves near the top of the AFC pack !!!!

  • Axe Skot

    Of all the players, McLendon is the most proficient at talking with the media for my taste.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Maybe they wanna see what he’s got to play OLB..? (Joke)

  • RedCarpetDefense

    “Can’t wait…!!” -Bart Scott


    19-0, Baby! (Until proven otherwise, of course)

  • Eric MacLaurin

    My guess would be that they wanted to see if he could play a little faster and stay on the field in obvious passing situations.

  • steeltown

    I think he weighed close to 335lbs in 2012 so I think the idea last year is they asked him to drop some in order to stay on the field on obvious passing downs to rush the passer (which didnt happen much) I think this year with guys like Tuitt, Shazier, Mitchell and others on roster they probably want him alittle more stout to truly eat up more blockers and cover up

  • steeltown

    Nice. I like hearing players identify the problem areas or weakness they may have and work hard to correct it.

  • dkoy85

    Really looking forward to watching this guy play in 2014! I’m a big fan of McLendon and think he can become a dominant force if he puts in the work. Hopefully he can prove those doubters wrong.

  • shawn

    that kinda makes sense !

  • shawn

    ya .. thats what im taking from it.

  • srdan

    It didn’t work out for him.

  • Jake Marion

    OK, you caught it.