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Vance McDonald | Tight End

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 6/13/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 267
College: Rice
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Vance McDonald caught one pass for 13 yards in San Francisco's NFC Championship Game loss to the Seahawks.
McDonald's first-quarter grab was his lone target of the game. The No. 55 pick of last April's draft ends his rookie season with eight catches for 119 yards. He played 494 snaps on offense, with the majority of his work coming as a run blocker. McDonald was an intriguing size/speed prospect coming out of Rice, but committed three drops on only 18 targets this season. He has a long way to go as an NFL pass catcher, and won't be a big part of the 49ers' passing attack in 2014 with Vernon Davis atop the depth chart. Jan 19 - 11:27 PM

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49ers TE Vance McDonald (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Week 16.

McDonald will likely miss his second straight game after being limited in practice throughout the week. Garrett Celek will replace him in two-tight end sets behind Vernon Davis.
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 10:29:00 PM

49ers declared TE Vance McDonald (ankle) inactive for Sunday's game against the Bucs.

McDonald's absence could lead to an extra target or two for Vernon Davis. Meanwhile, LG Mike Iupati (knee) isn't ready to return, giving Frank Gore a slight downgrade against the Bucs' strong run defense. The rest of the 49ers inactives: WR Quinton Patto, WR Jon Baldwin, LB Nick Moody, DL Quinton Dial and G Ryan Seymour.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 12:04:00 PM

Vance McDonald was held without a catch in Sunday's Week 10 loss to the Panthers.

McDonald saw a big bump in snaps after Vernon Davis (concussion) and Garrett Celek (hamstring) both left early on. But he failed to haul in a perfectly thrown seam pass deep down the field, getting his arm pulled at the last second by Luke Kuechly. Still, McDonald is a talented rookie that would have to be a part of the gameplan if Vernon Davis sits in Week 11. He's someone to put on watch lists.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 07:42:00 PM

Vance McDonald caught one pass for nine yards in Week 4 against the Rams.

McDonald was mostly a blocker in two-tight end sets and only targeted twice in the passing game. He has just four receptions for 59 yards through four games.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 02:13:00 AM

Filling in for an injured Vernon Davis (hamstring), Vance McDonald caught one pass for six yards in the 49ers' Week 3 loss to the Colts.

Playing through an ankle injury of his own, McDonald drew only three targets. He won't be a fantasy option for Thursday Night Football against the Rams if Davis misses his second straight game.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 08:18:00 PM

49ers TE Vance McDonald (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 3.

The Niners' beat writers expect McDonald to play against the Colts despite the "Q" tag, though his game-day role is uncertain. He's banged up, and starting tight end Vernon Davis (hamstring) is in danger of being inactive.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 06:07:00 PM

Vance McDonald caught one pass for 19 yards in Week 2 against the Seahawks.

McDonald played in all two-tight end sets, but saw just two targets. He could be asked to take on a bigger role with Vernon Davis dealing with a hamstring injury.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 02:12:00 AM

Vance McDonald caught one pass for 25 yards in Sunday's Week 1 win over the Packers.

McDonald flashed his athletic ability on the catch, going up the seam and making a play in traffic. However, the second-round rookie played sparingly and saw just two targets. McDonald is a Dynasty hold only.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 08:41:00 PM

Second-round TE Vance McDonald (undisclosed) will be out 7-10 days.

McDonald, an oversized slot receiver/move tight end at Rice, posted four catches for 66 yards in the preseason opener. His injury is not considered serious and he could play in the third preseason game, therefore losing only a little momentum as he presses for snaps in two-tight end sets. At 6'4/262 with 4.69 speed, McDonald can help the Niners' depleted pass-catching corps.
Wed, Aug 14, 2013 09:17:00 AM

SI's Peter King believes 49ers rookie TE Vance McDonald "could get a very long look in the preseason."

King made the observation after taking in Niners practice on Sunday. McDonald supposedly opened camp behind Garrett Celek on the depth chart, but it shouldn't be long before he settles in behind Vernon Davis. McDonald consistently stood out in OTAs. An impressive receiver at 6-foot-4, 262 pounds with 4.69 wheels, McDonald could very much be a part of the solution as the 49ers look to make up for Michael Crabtree's lost production.
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 09:06:00 AM

Second-round rookie Vance McDonald opened camp as the 49ers' No. 3 TE.

McDonald was the Niners' most impressive rookie during pad-less offseason sessions. But he was essentially an oversized receiver at Rice, while Garrett Celek is known for his blocking. Still, McDonald has the skill set to rapidly improve as a run-blocker and climb the depth chart quickly. Coach Jim Harbaugh has compared him to Mike Ditka, and even gave McDonald Ditka's old number. He remains a prospect for deep leaguers to keep an eye on, especially if Vernon Davis sees significant time as a wide receiver.
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 03:32:00 PM

According to CSN Bay Area, TE Vance McDonald was the "most impressive rookie" in the 49ers' offseason program.

The Sacramento Bee made the same proclamation earlier this month. McDonald usually lined up in the slot at Rice, but was rarely called on to block. If McDonald continues to impress in camp and the preseason, it could embolden the 49ers to give a healthy amount of snaps to Vernon Davis as a receiver.
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 11:35:00 AM

The Sacramento Bee called second-round TE Vance McDonald the "biggest standout" among the 49ers' draft class at OTAs and minicamp.

In non-contact spring drills, pass catchers are always going to stand out. McDonald was a "favorite" of all the quarterbacks in practices, and he reportedly "showed a knack" for catching difficult passes. If he can prove to be a strong blocker, like he was at Rice, McDonald could see a lot of snaps as a rookie.
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 02:37:00 PM

49ers signed second-round TE Vance McDonald to a four-year contract.

McDonald played mostly off the line and in the slot at Rice, but he showed good blocking skills when asked to do so. He ran a 4.69 forty and posted a 33.5" vertical at the Combines, and he'll look to fill the old Delanie Walker role. We could see more two-tight sets with Michael Crabtree (Achilles') out.
Thu, May 23, 2013 06:15:00 PM

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FB1Bruce Miller
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3Jon Baldwin
4Kassim Osgood
5DeMarco Sampson
WR21Anquan Boldin
2Quinton Patton
3David Reed
4Chuck Jacobs
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WR31Quinton Patton
TE1Vernon Davis
2Vance McDonald
3Garrett Celek
4Derek Carrier
K1Phil Dawson