McDonald
Vance McDonald
Vance McDonald
Vance McDonald
Vance McDonald
28-Year-Old TE
2017 Receiving Stats
2018 Receiving Projections
REC
14
YDS
188
TD
1
AVG
13.4
TAR
-
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Knee, ankle, back and shoulder problems dogged McDonald throughout his Pittsburgh debut campaign, limiting him to 10 regular-season games and 270 offensive snaps. Take his seasonal stats and throw them in the garbage. He was finally healthy for the playoffs, when he threw a... read more
Knee, ankle, back and shoulder problems dogged McDonald throughout his Pittsburgh debut campaign, limiting him to 10 regular-season games and 270 offensive snaps. Take his seasonal stats and throw them in the garbage. He was finally healthy for the playoffs, when he threw a 10-catch, 112-yard effort at the Jaguars. Pittsburgh didn't draft a tight end or make a move in free agency, so McDonald only needs to push past the ordinary Jesse James to enter our fantasy plans. It's hard to get a ton of targets in a city that also includes Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Le'Veon Bell, but Ben Roethlisberger has always looked for big targets around the goal line. And heck, McDonald found a way to score seven times in 2015-16 with the 49ers, despite drawing only 91 targets while dealing with some messy quarterback play. There's legitimate sleeper value here if he can overcome an August foot injury.
STATUS: questionable    INJURY: Foot   
HT: 6'4"   WT: 267 lbs.   DOB: 6/13/1990   College: Rice   Drafted: 2nd Rd, #23 Overall in 2013Show Contract
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Vance McDonald Contract Info:
Signed a three-year, $19.65 million contract extension ($9.1 million guaranteed) with the 49ers in December of 2016. Contract runs through the 2019 season and includes $5.5 million club options for 2020 and 2021. Traded to the Steelers in August of 2017.
Watches team drills from sidelines
TEPittsburgh Steelers
Foot
August 20, 2018
McDonald (foot) sat out of team drills during Monday's practice, Mike Prisuta of the Steelers' official site reports.
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2017 Depth Chart Status
Snap Counts
  • 2017 Offensive Snaps:
    270
  • 2017 Special Teams Snaps:
    38
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2015
473
107
2016
442
46
2017
270
38
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other TEs)

Height:   6' 4"
AVERAGE
Weight:   267 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.69 sec
GOOD
Shuttle Time:   4.53 sec
WEAK
Cone Drill:   7.08 sec
GREAT
Arm Length:   34.38 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   10.13 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   34 in
GOOD
Broad Jump:   119 in
GREAT
Bench Press:   31 reps
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Pittsburgh Steelers Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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  1. Vance McDonald 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Vance McDonald 2017 Preseason Outlook
    After spending the majority of the offseason preparing to serve as the No. 1 option in San Francisco, McDonald was shipped off to Pittsburgh in the final week of the preseason. He'll join incumbent starter Jesse James as the main guys at tight end there, but McDonald -- and his second-round pedigree -- averaged a cool 16.3 yards per reception with the Niners last season and should take over as the primary receiving option at the position. However, McDonald is notorious for his penchant to drop passes, which certainly inhibits his upside in any case. Also, it's possible the Steelers opt for a tight-end-by-committee approach, which would obviously cap McDonald's upside even further -- despite playing the Steelers' powerful pass attack.
  3. Vance McDonald 2016 Preseason Outlook
    While it didn't result in fantasy relevancy, McDonald received the most playing time of his three-year career in 2015, finishing the season with 326 yards on 30 receptions to go along with three touchdowns. He enters 2016 listed at No. 1 on the depth chart, but he will share snaps with Garrett Celek due to Chip Kelly's heavy usage of two-TE sets. In an offense that doesn't boast many quality options at wide receiver, McDonald could be relied upon heavily in the passing game, especially if Blaine Gabbert -- who makes his living off of short, safe passes -- wins the starting job.
  4. Vance McDonald 2015 Preseason Outlook
    The 49ers expected McDonald to take a step forward in 2015, but he could never get things going after dealing with a slew of injuries. His career 14.9 YPC shows that he can be a big play tight end, but he will need to stay on the field in order showcase his abilities. The team retained Vernon Davis and Derek Carrier and added two more tight ends in the 2015 draft, so McDonald will have to fight for a roster spot during training camp.
  5. Vance McDonald 2014 Preseason Outlook
    McDonald is currently listed as the backup to Vernon Davis on the 49ers' 2014 depth charts. While he only had eight catches in 2013, his 14.9 YPC shows that he has big-play ability. His stock would skyrocket should Davis go down with an injury.
  6. Vance McDonald 2013 Preseason Outlook
    McDonald has received positive reports so far at rookie camp as a pass catcher and could see some targets in two-tight end sets if he wins the backup TE job.
More Fantasy News
Watches team drills from sidelines
TEPittsburgh Steelers
Foot
August 20, 2018
McDonald (foot) sat out of team drills during Monday's practice, Mike Prisuta of the Steelers' official site reports.
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Stuck on sideline
TEPittsburgh Steelers
Foot
August 12, 2018
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Sunday that nothing has changed with McDonald (foot), Joe Rutter of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
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No practice Saturday
TEPittsburgh Steelers
Foot
August 11, 2018
McDonald (foot) is not practicing Saturday, Jeremy Folwer of ESPN reports.
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Won't play against Eagles
TEPittsburgh Steelers
Foot
August 7, 2018
McDonald (foot) will not play in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, Jacob Klinger of PennLive.com reports.
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Leaves practice with foot injury
TEPittsburgh Steelers
July 29, 2018
McDonald left Sunday's practice with a foot injury, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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