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TE Vance McDonald - San Francisco 49ers

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

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2016 Week 14 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

After signing a contract extension during the week, McDonald did not see a target on San Francisco's first four drives. Unfortunately, on the first play of their fifth drive, McDonald suffered a season-ending shoulder injury while throwing the key backside block that sprung Carlos Hyde for a 43-yard run.

2016 Week 13 vs CHI (4 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Both of McDonald's receptions came on shallow crossing routes. The first resulted from a (rare) hands catch on a Colin Kaepernick pass thrown behind him. The second was routine basically. The second of McDonald's incomplete targets resulted from his notoriously bad hands rearing their ugly head again. The first, on the other hand, resulted from a woefully inaccurate pass. Perhaps the Kaepernick-McDonald connection would have produced more if not for Cthe 49ers' powers-that-be chosing to prepare for a game played in wind and snow by vacationing in Disney World.

2016 Week 12 vs MIA (8 / 4 / 60 / 0 rec)

All four of McDonald's receptions were via finding a hole in Miami's zone. The only one that wasn't completely routine was a 35-yard catch and run early in the fourth quarter wherein he ran unabated down the seam. Two of his four incomplete targets resulted from McDonald's bugaboo: stone hands. The worse of the two drops came just before Carlos Hyde's first-quarter touchdown. McDonald ran his signature red zone post route, deftly splitting the zone coverage of Isa Abdul-Quddus and Michael Thomas. Kaepernick delivered a perfect throw, but McDonald dropped it in the end zone.

2016 Week 11 vs NE (6 / 3 / 46 / 1 rec)

Both of McDonald's big catches came as the result of beating Devin McCourty's man-to-man coverage. On his touchdown, he beat McCourty to the inside on a crossing route. On his 24-yard reception in the third quarter, he got McCourty to bite on a shoulder fake to the outside as he was breaking inside on his skinny post route. Later in the game, Patrick Chung got in on the act, and McDonald promptly beat his man-to-man coverage too; but Kaepernick just slightly overthrew him on what would have been (at least) a 25-yard gain.

2016 Week 10 vs ARI (6 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)

McDonald may not have scored a touchdown, but he made three huge contributions to San Francisco's passing game. First, all but one of his receptions involved finding the hole in Arizona's Cover-3 pass defense. Second, McDonald prevented two Colin Kaepernick interceptions. Third, on his 32-yard reception, McDonald badly beat linebacker Kevin Minter in one-on-one coverage.

2016 Week 9 vs NO (6 / 3 / 84 / 1 rec)

Both of McDonald's receptions worth detailing were against defensive play calls requiring teamwork from New Orleans' pass defense rather than individual skill. One was a 14-yard catch in which McDonald found the soft spot in the Saints' underneath zone between linebacker Nate Stupar and cornerback B.W. Webb. The other was McDonald's 65-yard touchdown. On that play, miscommunication in man-to-man responsibilities between linebacker Craig Robertson and safety Kenny Vaccaro left McDonald wide open on a short in-and-out pattern, leaving McDonald wide open with vast room to run. To wit, he galloped untouched into the endzone.

2016 Week 7 vs TB (6 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)

The game started in a promising fashion for McDonald. On his first target, he beat free safety Bradley McDougald down the seam to set up San Francisco's opening-drive touchdown. McDonald beat McDougald on two other targets, but bad throws resulted in an incompletion and an interception. On a third, McDonald wasn't open, Kaepernick made the throw anyway (and poorly), and McDougald was a fingertip away from having his second interception of the game. McDonald's remaining incomplete targets involved a pass deflected by Brent Grimes and -- of course, because it's McDonald -- a wide-open drop.

2016 Week 6 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

When both are healthy, McDonald platoons with Garrett Celek. That's exactly what happened in this game. And like Celek, his meager stat line can be attributed mostly to having blocking responsibilities on 13 of his 21 plays before garbage time.

2016 Week 3 vs SEA (2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)

McDonald only played 10 of San Francisco's 57 plays due to a hip injury he sustained in the second quarter. Prior to said injury, he did nothing of note, catching two short out routes for 2 yards each.

2016 Week 2 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 75 / 1 rec)

McDonald's game was a tale of two targets. On consecutive plays, he was open downfield, with Blaine Gabbert delivering a perfect pass away from multiple defenders and hitting McDonald in stride. The first one, McDonald caught and went the distance for a 75-yard touchdown. The second one, he dropped, thereby costing the 49ers -- and fantasy owners -- another 75-yard touchdown.

2016 Week 1 vs LA (3 / 2 / 14 / 1 rec)

As was the pattern in San Francisco's third preseason game, McDonald started and essentially alternated drives with Garrett Celek, with both on the field for two tight end sets. McDonald was AWOL in the passing game for the entire first half, as his first target, which was deflected at the line, didn't come until four minutes into the third quarter. On his lone target worth discussing (i.e., his touchdown catch), McDonald was -- like the vast majority of San Francisco's successful passing plays -- the result of Los Angeles executing their zone defense poorly. On 3rd-and-goal, they were in their dime package and playing cover-2. Somehow, despite the Rams having a a 3-on-2 coverage advantage in tight space, McDonald was able to find an opening, and just sat down in the zone one yard into the end zone. Like other 49ers receivers in this game, a great demonstration of individual skill this was not.


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