LATROBE, Pa. —
"I just had to do it," said McLendon, who had two sacks while spelling Hampton last fall. "I had to be in better shape."
A decided departure from Hampton's more sedentary training plan. It wasn't exactly fun, but McLendon didn't have much of a choice. It took him four years to rise from undrafted free agent to the top of the depth chart, though he hasn't stopped to wonder if he's finally arrived.
"The journey hasn't ended, it's really just beginning for me," McLendon said. "It's really going to be a test right now. It's a lot of pressure. The best way to handle pressure is to apply it."