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Vance McDonald | Tight End

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/13/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 267
College: Rice
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Vance McDonald caught 4-of-4 targets for 65 yards and one touchdown in the 49ers' Week 11 loss to the Seahawks.
In the first game without Vernon Davis, it was Garrett Celek who stepped up at tight end. This week, it was McDonald, who caught the 49ers' lone touchdown from Blaine Gabbert. He entered Sunday with nine catches for 64 scoreless yards. It's a toss-up who will be the one to go off Week 12 vs. Arizona. Nov 22 - 8:22 PM

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49ers TE Vance McDonald will enter training camp on the roster bubble.

The 55th overall pick in the 2013 draft, McDonald has been a bust through two NFL seasons, managing ten receptions across his first 23 NFL games. McDonald has been an effective blocker, but the 49ers drafted two tight ends in Blake Bell and Rory Anderson. They also have Vernon Davis and Derek Carrier.
May 4 - 4:23 PM

49ers placed TE Vance McDonald on injured reserve with a back injury, ending his season.

According to reporter Can Inman, McDonald's injury is "not a long-term issue." McDonald had been sidelined each of the past three weeks. He closes the book on 2014 with just two catches in eight games. He played 218 snaps, and was effective as a run blocker. The No. 55 overall pick of the 2013 draft, McDonald has only 10 grabs across 23 career games. He has vanishingly-little upside in dynasty leagues.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 02:51:00 PM

Starting in the absence of Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald was held without a catch on two targets in San Francisco's Week 5 win over the Chiefs.

No. 3 tight end Derek Carrier caught two passes for 16 yards. The 49ers don't feature the tight-end position in the absence of Davis, instead increasing the looks going Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd's way. Davis should be considered questionable for next Monday's game against the Rams.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 08:26:00 PM

Vance McDonald (knee) is questionable for Week 4.

McDonald is expected to play despite being listed as questionable. With Vernon Davis a game-time decision, he could start against the Eagles.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 05:32:00 PM

Vance McDonald (knee) remained out of 49ers practice Thursday.

With Vernon Davis (ankle) also sidelined and unlikely to play for Week 3, the 49ers appear poised to go with third-year UDFA Derek Carrier against a Cardinals defense that can't stop tight ends. McDonald is week to week.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 05:24:00 PM

49ers TE Vance McDonald is day to day with a knee injury.

McDonald played through the injury against the Bears, but ended up undergoing X-rays and an MRI, both of which came back negative. McDonald's health has taken on extra importance this week, as Vernon Davis is battling an ankle injury. Derek Carrier is the next man up on the depth chart.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 03:11:00 PM

49ers TE Vance McDonald left Sunday night's game with a knee injury, but later returned.

McDonald ended up missing only one quarter. He'll continue to play in two-tight end packages with Vernon Davis.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 10:01:00 PM

According to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 49ers TE Vance McDonald has "dropped a couple of passes" in every practice open to the media this spring.

It's notable because McDonald committed three drops on just 18 targets last season. He managed only eight total catches across 15 games as a rookie. Even with Vernon Davis angling for a new contract, McDonald won't come into re-draft value this season, and remains a low-upside option in Dynasty formats.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 10:17:00 PM

ESPN's Bill Williamson believes the 49ers will attempt to get second-year TE Vance McDonald more involved in the passing game this season.

McDonald only caught eight passes for 119 yards in 2013, so more involved is not a high bar to jump. McDonald seems locked into the old Delanie Walker role in the 49ers offense. In that role Walker never reached 30 receptions and was never fantasy relevant. McDonald has some value in Dynasty formats, but he is useless in redraft as long as Vernon Davis is healthy.
Sat, May 3, 2014 12:18:00 PM

CSN Bay Area believes 2013 second-round TE Vance McDonald will "never put up big numbers" in San Francisco.

McDonald plays around 50 percent of the Niners' snaps in the old Delanie Walker role, where Walker never reached 30 receptions. Beat writer Matt Maiocco anticipates McDonald's passing-game use to be "occasional," focusing on run blocking behind Vernon Davis. Even when Davis missed a game due to injury last season, McDonald managed one catch for six yards. He's a TE3 in Dynasty.
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 02:46:00 PM

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.
Sun, Jan 19, 2014 11:27:00 PM

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

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QB1Blaine Gabbert
2Dylan Thompson
RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3Kendall Gaskins
4Travaris Cadet
GLB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
FB1Bruce Miller
WR11Anquan Boldin
2Bruce Ellington
3DeAndrew White
4DeAndre Smelter
WR21Torrey Smith
2Quinton Patton
3Jerome Simpson
WR31Quinton Patton
TE1Garrett Celek
2Vance McDonald
3Blake Bell
LT1Joe Staley
LG1Alex Boone
2Ian Silberman
C1Marcus Martin
RG1Jordan Devey
2Brandon Thomas
RT1Erik Pears
2Trent Brown
K1Phil Dawson