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TE Vance McDonald - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-4, 267Born: 6-13-1990College: RiceDrafted: Round 2

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General News (Wed Nov 22): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 12: vs Green Bay Packers

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FBG says: Great matchup. Ben Roethlisberger is mired in his worst season in years, posting near-career-lows in completion rate, yardage, and touchdown rates and his lowest fantasy output in nearly a decade. But at times - as we saw last week - this volatile passing game is rescued by its dynamic pass catchers. Antonio Brown remains the league's best all-around receiver, still excelling on underneath, intermediate, and deep routes, and he comes fresh off a massive 10-catch, 146-yard, 3-touchdown show from Week 11. LeVeon Bell is still arguably the league's premier receiving threat out of the backfield, and the emergence of rookie wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster, who's averaging 17.2 yards and 0.15 touchdowns per catch, has boosted Roethlisberger's sagging efficiency. This no longer looks like a passing game that can dominate solely on its quarterback's arm, but it's one that can erupt in any matchup thanks to its wildly dynamic weaponry. Unsurprisingly, they're especially productive against weak secondaries, and the Packers look woefully unprepared to face them in Week 12. The Packers simply can't piece together a solid, or even passable, group of starting cornerbacks. Just three years ago they boasted the likes of Casey Heyward and a pre-concussion Sam Shields among their personnel, but are now grasping for starters from an exceptionally shaky pool of candidates. Davon House has been up-and-down at best on one side, while rookie Kevin King has been fighting through an injury and looks unlikely to play, and Damarious Randall has looked terrible in the slot. In fact, aside from safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, there's very little coverage ability throughout this secondary as a whole. As a result, they've been shredded in each of their last 3 reasonably-close games, including a 297-yard gem by Bears rookie Mitchell Trubisky. Along the way, they've allowed 6 opposing wideouts to reach 88+ yards over their last 6 games, with a total of 8 wideout touchdowns across that span. Those are terrifying numbers for a defense set to face Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and what's left of Martavis Bryant's dynamism.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 at IND 30 2 16 1 0 7.6
12 vs GB PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * * *
12 vs GB PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * * *
12 vs GB PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs IND (2 / 2 / 16 / 1 rec)

Early fourth quarter on a third and goal, Vance McDonald ran a crossing-route for a seven-yard touchdown reception. On the play, McDonald was able to escape coverage and was wide open for the easy touchdown.

2017 Week 7 vs CIN (3 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec)

Vance McDonald finished with two receptions for 37 yards. Early 2nd quarter, McDonald found some open space in the middle of the field for a 28-yard reception. Late 2nd quarter, McDonald was targeted in the end zone but dropped the pass after it hit him in the hands.


Latest News

Steelers | Thursday injury report for Steelers (Thu Nov 23, 02:29 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers CB Joe Haden (fibula) and TE Vance McDonald (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 23. FS Mike Mitchell (ankle) was limited. LB James Harrison (back) was a full participant.

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Steelers | Pittsburgh's Wednesday injury report (Wed Nov 22, 05:51 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers CB Joe Haden (fibula) and TE Vance McDonald (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 22. LB James Harrison (back0 and FS Mike Mitchell (ankle) participated fully.

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Steelers | Week 11 Steelers inactives (Thu Nov 16, 07:06 PM) - The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared LB James Harrison, OT Jerald Hawkins, CB Joe Haden, QB Joshua Dobbs, OT Matt Feiler, FS Mike Mitchell, TE Vance McDonald inactive for Week 11.

Steelers | Vance McDonald questionable for TNF (Wed Nov 15, 06:15 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 15, and he is listed as questionable for Week 11 against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, Nov. 16.

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Steelers | Pittsburgh injury report for Week 11 (Wed Nov 15, 06:15 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers CB Joe Haden (fibula) and TE Vance McDonald (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 15. Haden has been ruled out for Week 11 against the Tennessee Titans. LB James Harrison (back) and S Mike Mitchell (ankle) were limited in practice. Both players, and McDonald, are listed as questionable. WR Martavis Bryant (illness), OG Ramon Foster (rest), CB William Gay (rest), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (rest) and QB Ben Roethlisberger (rest) practiced in full and are off the injury report.

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