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Vance McDonald | Tight End | #89

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/13/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 267
College: Rice
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 2 (55) / SF
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Vance McDonald (back) is questionable for Week 2 against the Vikings.
McDonald was held out of practice on both Thursday and Friday and looks to be on the wrong side of questionable. Jesse James should again be the Steelers' primary tight end in Week 2. Sep 15 - 2:24 PM

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Steelers TE Vance McDonald was added to the injury report on Thursday, missing practice with a back issue.

McDonald's back must have seized up on him before practice. He should be considered highly questionable for Sunday's home opener against the Vikings. McDonald was held without a catch on just 19 snaps in Week 1.
Sep 14 - 4:20 PM

Vance McDonald tallied no receptions on one target in Sunday’s win over the Browns.

McDonald dropped his lone target and played just 19 snaps compared to 53 for Jesse James on Sunday. He is still far behind in getting acclimated to the Pittsburgh offense and hardly a fantasy option at this stage.
Sep 10 - 5:37 PM

Steelers acquired TE Vance McDonald and a fifth-round pick from the 49ers in exchange for a fourth-round pick.

Signed to a five-year extension by the previous regime in December, the 49ers tried to trade McDonald this offseason, but they had seemed content to stick with him the last couple weeks. Now they are giving him away for almost free. It is a great move for the Steelers, who lacked real weapons at the position. It will take him some time to settle in, but McDonald should push Jesse James for targets sooner rather than later.
Aug 29 - 12:08 PM

49ers GM John Lynch said the team is "very pleased" with TE Vance McDonald.

The 49ers attempted to trade McDonald earlier this offseason, but Lynch praised his work in the preseason opener last week. "Even though it didn’t show up on the stat sheet, it was as good as I’ve seen him block," Lynch said. "And he competed extremely hard. We were very proud of Vance." McDonald started that game, and with rookie George Kittle dealing with a hamstring injury, he has a good shot to establish himself as the lead option.
Aug 17 - 12:09 PM

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco writes that Vance McDonald "is not assured a roster spot" entering training camp.

The new 49ers brass went as far as to openly admit they tried trading McDonald before, during, and after the draft. The 49ers have "already identified" rookie George Kittle "as a legitimate red-zone option," and are expected to give Kittle every opportunity to beat out McDonald for the starting job.
Jul 25 - 10:18 AM

The San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch writes "it wouldn’t be a surprise" if 49ers TE Vance McDonald does not make the final roster.

The 49ers openly attempted to trade McDonald during the draft, but cutting him for nothing is another story, one which would cost the 49ers cap space this year or leave dead money in 2018 depending on how the move is designated. It is still unclear why outgoing-GM Trent Baalke was allowed to give McDonald a five-year, $35-million extension last December, and it looks like the 49ers will have to eat some money to reverse that poor decision.
May 22 - 11:59 AM

49ers GM John Lynch admitted the team was shopping TE Vance McDonald during the draft.

"That’s the reality of new regimes coming in, new schemes," Lynch said. "Nothing ended up happening, so Vance will come back and have an opportunity to compete." It always seemed odd ex-GM Trent Baalke was allowed to give McDonald a five-year, $35-million extension last December when it was clear he was on the way out, and now it looks like the new regime is stuck. It would cost San Francisco a little over $3.5 million against the cap to cut McDonald.
Apr 29 - 7:29 PM

The 49ers are shopping TE Vance McDonald.

A carryover from ex-GM Trent Baalke, McDonald is one season into a five-year, $35 million extension. There's unlikely to be any interest in him as a middling veteran coming off injury. The 49ers owe McDonald $5.8 million guaranteed over the next two seasons.
Apr 28 - 6:04 PM

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

McDonald suffered the year-ending injury literally one day after signing a five-year, $35 million extension. An athletic mismatch with some blocking ability but inconsistent hands, McDonald's outlook in Dynasty leagues is entirely contingent on where the 49ers' leadership heads and who they choose at quarterback.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 05:21:00 PM

Vance McDonald is done for the remainder of Week 14 with a shoulder injury.

The injury occurred in the second quarter and McDonald did not come out for the second half. McDonald signed a five-year, $35 million extension on Saturday.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 05:52:00 PM

Vance McDonald left Sunday's Week 14 game against the Jets with a shoulder injury.

He came off holding his arm after a long Carlos Hyde run. McDonald has been the 49ers' only reliable pass catcher and just signed a five-year, $35 million extension over the weekend.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 05:11:00 PM

49ers signed TE Vance McDonald to a five-year, $35 million extension with $16 million guaranteed.

The deal locks up McDonald through 2021. Turning 27 next June, McDonald has enjoyed a mini-breakout season in Chip Kelly's offense, parlaying 24 catches into 391 yards with four touchdowns and averaging 16.3 yards per reception. Long prone to dropped passes, McDonald has dropped only three balls this year and has always possessed adequate blocking ability. McDonald played a season-high 91 percent of the 49ers' snaps in Week 13.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 09:27:00 PM

Vance McDonald caught 2-of-4 targets for nine yards in Week 13.

The four targets were a team high. McDonald had at least 50 yards or a touchdown in four straight games going into Sunday. He was in a bad spot due to the conditions at Soldier Field. McDonald is a TE2 for Week 14 against the Jets.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 05:30:00 PM

Vance McDonald caught 4-of-8 targets for 60 yards in the 49ers' Week 12 loss to the Dolphins.

McDonald led the 49ers in targets and yards, but also lost three targets to Garrett Celek, who lost a fumble. McDonald is an important playmaker for Chip Kelly's offense, but it isn't translating to more than low-end TE2 value in fantasy leagues.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 06:37:00 PM

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