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Vance McDonald

Vance McDonald

Tight End #89
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 267 lb.
College:Rice
Age:30
Born:June 13, 1990
Drafted:2013 / Rd. 2 (55)
Draft Team:SF

Vance McDonald: Targeted twice against Titans

McDonald hauled in both of his targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Titans.

Analysis: After seeing just one target over the past two weeks, McDonald was slightly more involved in the offense in the team's Week 7 matchup. While it was encouraging to see the 30-year-old get some involvement, his target share was quite limited, especially considering that the Steelers attempted 49 passes in a favorable matchup against the Titans. McDonald has been targeted just 10 times over the first six weeks of the season, recording eight receptions for 59 yards.

October 26, 2020 9:50 AM EST

Vance McDonald: No catches against Cleveland

McDonald was not targeted on any of his 40 offensive snaps during Sunday's 38-7 win against the Browns.

Analysis: The veteran tight end was right on trajectory with his usual workload in Week 6, as he had averaged 39 offensive snaps per game over Pittsburgh's first four outings of the year. The Steelers ran it on the Browns 37 times compared to just 23 pass attempts, having jumped out to a dominant 24-0 advantage by the 5:43 mark of the second quarter. McDonald may see more work in the passing game Week 7 against the Titans in what figures to be a highly-competitive clash, and he has a decent chance of falling into the end zone with Tennessee already having surrendered four touchdowns to opposing TEs on the season.

October 20, 2020 5:49 PM EST

Vance McDonald: Records one catch in Week 5

McDonald recorded one catch for four yards in Sunday's 38-29 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: McDonald was more involved in Week 3, logging a season-high three receptions and 35 yards, but he took on a minimal role once again following the Steelers' bye week. He remains entrenched behind Eric Ebron on the team's depth chart, which has resulted in McDonald being targeted just eight times over the first four weeks of the 2020 season.

October 12, 2020 10:17 AM EST

Vance McDonald: Remains in Ebron's shadow

McDonald caught all three of his targets for 35 yards in the Steelers' 28-21 Week 3 win over the Texans Sunday.

Analysis: Eric Ebron led Pittsburgh in receiving yards -- and finished tied with receiver James Washington for the most receptions and targets -- further widening the gap with McDonald as the primary pass-catching tight end. Week 4 opponent Tennessee has limited opposing tight ends to just 54 yards per game but have allowed them to score a touchdown in each game. This favors Ebron, making it difficult to insert McDonald in fantasy lineups.

September 27, 2020 2:59 PM EST

Vance McDonald: More of the same in Week 2

McDonald had three yards on one catch in Pittsburgh's 26-21 win over Denver Sunday.

Analysis: Targeted twice McDonald produced the identical stat line as in Week 1. He is behind Eric Ebron on the tight end depth chart and the offense just has too many receiving options to suggest McDonald has any fantasy value heading into Week 3 against the Texans.

September 21, 2020 7:08 AM EST

Vance McDonald: One catch in opener

McDonald caught one pass for three yards in Monday night's 26-16 win over the Giants.

Analysis: This was a disappointing outing for McDonald -- who was only targeted twice -- and not at all in the second half. He saw fewer targets in a game only twice all last season and cannot be relied on heading into Pittsburgh's Week 2 home opener against the Broncos.

September 15, 2020 8:36 AM EST

Vance McDonald: Role likely decided in camp

McDonald and Eric Ebron likely will compete for starting reps at tight end in training camp, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: McDonald played 69 percent of offensive snaps as Pittsburgh's top tight end in 2019 and restructured his deal to remain with the team in March, but the signing of free-agent Eric Ebron clouds his outlook for 2020. Despite the playing time, McDonald caught only 38 of 55 targets for 273 yards and three touchdowns, though the quarterback situation after Ben Roethlisberger's injury certainly played a part in the poor production. Regardless, McDonald's opportunities figure to be more sporadic if he doesn't separate himself in camp.

June 3, 2020 6:17 PM EST

Vance McDonald: Restructures deal with Steelers

McDonald has restructured his contract with the Steelers, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports. As part of his new deal, he agreed to convert $5.5 million in base salary to signing bonus.

Analysis: The Steelers may have opted to move on from McDonald had his deal not been restructured, but regardless, he will remain in Pittsburgh, and the team now has more cap space with which to pursue free agents.

March 16, 2020 1:34 PM EST

Vance McDonald: Another disappointing effort

McDonald caught both his targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: McDonald's season -- like most of the Steelers -- was derailed once Ben Roethlisberger suffered a season-ending elbow injury in Week 2. McDoanld finished the 2019 season with 273 yards and three touchdowns on 38 catches (on 55 targets) in 14 games. This was a disappointing season after catching a career-high 610 yards in 2018. McDonald has two years remaining on his current contract.

December 30, 2019 9:38 AM EST

Vance McDonald: Lackluster effort in loss

McDonald had three catches for nine yards in Pittsburgh's 16-10 loss Sunday.

Analysis: Targeted six times McDonald fell victim to the poor quarterback play that has plagued the Steelers all season. He had three catches for 34 yards earlier this season against Week 17 opponent Baltimore that yields the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends in both standard and PPR formats.

December 22, 2019 3:10 PM EST

Vance McDonald: Cleared to play

McDonald (concussion) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Analysis: With McDonald having cleared the NFL's concussion protocol, he's ready to return to action this weekend. While the tight end will be out there if you need him in Week 16, he's been a hit-or-miss option through 12 games this season and two of his three TDs came back in Week 2.

December 20, 2019 10:59 AM EST

Vance McDonald: Returns to full practice

McDonald (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday.

Analysis: That's a step in the right direction for McDonald, but as of Wednesday he's still in the NFL's concussion protocol. The tight end will thus look to gain medical clearance in the days leading up to Sunday's game against the Jets.

December 18, 2019 1:26 PM EST

Vance McDonald: Ruled out for Week 15

McDonald (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bills, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: The Steelers will be down two of their key pass catchers in Week 15 with McDonald slated to join wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) on the inactive list. Nick Vannett, who played 38 offensive snaps in relief of a concussed McDonald in the Week 14 win over Arizona, is the leading candidate to start at tight end against Buffalo.

December 13, 2019 11:56 AM EST

Vance McDonald: Upgrades to limited practice

McDonald (concussion) was limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: That's a step in the right direction for McDonald, who missed practice Wednesday, but as of Thursday, he's still in the NFL's concussion protocol. We'll revisit the tight end's status Friday, once the Steelers release their final Week 15 injury report in advance of Sunday's contest against the Bills.

December 12, 2019 12:18 PM EST

Vance McDonald: Misses prcatice Wednesday

McDonald (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: McDonald, who was forced out of this past Sunday's game against the Cardinals, remains in the NFL's concussion protocol at this stage of the week. If he's unable to gain clearance for this weekend's game against the Bills, Nick Vannett and Zach Gentry would be next in line for the Steelers' Week 15 tight end reps.

December 11, 2019 2:14 PM EST

Vance McDonald: Concussion confirmed

McDonald suffered a concussion this past Sunday in Arizona, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: McDonald left the eventual victory in the second half to be evaluated for a head injury, which wasn't confirmed until Tuesday. With his entrance into the concussion protocol, he's now subject to an evaluation from an independent neurologist before getting clearance for game action. Nick Vannett and rookie Zach Gentry are next in line for TE reps behind McDonald.

December 10, 2019 9:57 AM EST

Vance McDonald: Possible concussion

McDonald was forced out of Sunday's game against the Cardinals with a possible concussion, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from the game, McDonald hauled in his only target for three yards. Next up for the team's tight and looks in his absence is Nick Vannett.

December 8, 2019 3:29 PM EST

Vance McDonald: Three catches in win

McDonald had three receptions for 21 yards in Pittsburgh's 20-13 win over Cleveland on Sunday.

Analysis: This was yet another lackluster performance for McDonald although he made the most of his limited opportunities. Targeted just three times he now has four or fewer targets in seven games this season. Pittsburgh travels to Arizona in Week 14 and faces a defense that has yielded 13 touchdowns to opposing tight ends. McDonald could score but has done so only once in the past nine games and is a risky fantasy play.

December 1, 2019 6:51 PM EST

Vance McDonald: Worst game this season

McDonald caught his only target for one yard in Pittsburgh's 16-10 win over Cincinnati on Sunday.

Analysis: McDonald wasn't targeted until the second half after being targeted seven times in each of his last three games. The one yard was his lowest production in 32 games dating back to October 2017. McDonald had three receptions for 33 yards against Week 13 opponent Cleveland two weeks ago and offers little value as fantasy playoffs approach.

November 24, 2019 4:01 PM EST

Vance McDonald: Three receptions in loss

McDonald caught three passes for 33 yards in Pittsburgh's 21 - 7 loss to Cleveland Thursday night.

Analysis: McDonald saw a team-high seven targets but was unable to do much with them on a night the entire Pittsburgh offense struggled. Injuries to JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion), Diontae Washington (concussion) and James Conner (shoulder) -- all forced out of action and unable to return -- could dictate that McDonald has a significant role in the offense in Week 12 against the Bengals. Still, he has scored just one touchdown in the last seven games and has yet to exceed 40 yards receiving in a game this season.

November 14, 2019 9:58 PM EST

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