In his second season, inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney developed into one of the better players at his position. He was the only player in the league with at least 100 tackles and five sacks.
"He's a pro," coach Bill O'Brien said. "He loves the game. He prepares. He loves meetings and practice -- everything about football. "He's one of our leaders now.
"He's on the inside there with Cush (Brian Cushing), and that's a good duo. He's come a long way since his rookie year, and he's one of our better players; there's no doubt about it."
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