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Mehta’s Top 20 Jets Countdown: No. 20 – DT Steve McLendon, a veteran with key leadership skills

McLendon is the oldest member of Todd Bowles’ defense (and second oldest on our countdown). His leadership has been invaluable during the team’s rebuilding phase. Although 6-3 and 310, McLendon isn’t the behemoth that Damon Harrison used to be in the trenches for Gang Green, he’s made his presence felt replacing Snacks the past two seasons. Bowles will likely use a 1-2 punch at nose tackle with McClendon and Mike Pennel again this season. McLendon still has enough juice to make a difference in his ninth season. The former undrafted free agent will also mentor the influx of younger defensive linemen, including third-round pick Nathan Shepherd. The Jets made a wise choice adding McLendon via free agency two years ago. His third season might be his last with Gang Green, but it was a wise investment.

Manish Mehta

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