TE Vance McDonald - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-4, 267Born: 6-13-1990College: RiceDrafted: Round 2, pick 2013

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Week 11: at Cleveland Browns

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Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
8 vs MIA 60 3.0 19 0 0 1.9
9 vs IND 51 5.0 30 1 0 9
10 vs LAR 72 3.0 11 0 0 0.3
11 at CLE PROJ-Tremblay * 3.1 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Vance McDonald's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 9 vs IND (7 / 5 / 30 / 1 rec)

With Mason Rudolph pass plays stay close to the line of scrimmage and playmakers will be left to work on their own. McDonald does well in those situations. In the third quarter, after recovering a fumble from the Colts. The Steelers were marching down the field. On third and goal at the seven-yard line, Rudolph finds McDonald right in front of the end zone. Because of where the pass was delivered, McDonald shields the ball from the defenders and lunges for the only offensive touchdown of the evening.

2019 Week 8 vs MIA (4 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)

McDonald's performance was forgettable in Week 8 against the Steelers. When McDonald was targeted, it was as a fourth option behind Juju Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson and James Conner. Even with Mason Rudolph finally throwing the ball more than five-yards beyond the line of scrimmage, McDonald was only able to achieve an 8.8 aDOT.

2019 Week 6 vs LAC (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

McDonald, like most of the non-running back skill position players, was not involved much in the receiving game. McDonald's line pass was on a speed out. Devlin Hodges' timing, rhythm and placement of the ball, but McDonald was not targeted again for the entire game. Fortunately, not all big impacts happen on the stat sheet. McDonald was active all night in the blocking game. In fact, McDonald's combination block is what sprung James Conner for his first touchdown of the game.

2019 Week 5 vs BAL (3 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)

Welcome back to the offense Vance McDonald. In McDonald's first game back after a severe shoulder injury, his presence was immediately felt in the short game. McDonald was targeted on Mason Rudolph's third pass attempt of the game. In the third quarter, after Rudolph left the game, McDonald was hit for a short pass on a simple out route. McDonald exploded up the field and broke a tack to take the ball all the way to the 1-yard line to set up a Steelers touchdown for the lead.

2019 Week 3 vs SF (2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Things started slowly for McDonald, again, after not seeing his first target until the Steelers' fourth drive of the game in the second quarter. McDonald was able to take a short screen pass for a first down. McDonald saw his second target on this same drive, but the pass was high and McDonald injured his shoulder. He would not return for the rest of the game and was replaced by plodding Xavier Grimble.

2019 Week 2 vs SEA (7 / 7 / 38 / 2 rec)

After not seeing a target until the fourth quarter of Week 1, the Steelers were making an effort to get McDonald involved early and often. In fact, Vance McDonald's first reception came on the first play of the game. While it was only a simple screen, McDonald almost broke away from potential tacklers. McDonald provided good yards after the catch ability, which Ryan Switzer was lacking in Week 1, and a good end zone presence once Mason Rudolph entered the game. In fact, both of Vance McDonald's touchdowns on the day were from Mason Rudolph. On the first touchdown, Vance McDonald sat down in a soft spot of the coverage. After he made the reception, McDonald turned into a running back and carried defenders into the end zone with him. If McDonald's first touchdown catch was a class on power running after the catch, we should consider McDonald second touchdown reception a class on hands and being where you are supposed to be. After turning his back to the defense, Mason Rudolph turned around to find Vance McDonald in position for an easy touchdown pass.

2019 Week 1 vs NE (4 / 2 / 40 / 0 rec)

The reports during the offseason often talked about how involved Vance McDonald would be, how he would rarely come off the field, and how he would step up as the second impact receiving option to Juju Smith-Schuster. In Sunday night's match-up Vance McDonald was impactful in his lack of production. McDonald was held in check until deep in the fourth when he managed his first reception of the game on a third down and long. McDonald's second reception only came because the Patriots, for some reason, chose to call a timeout before the past play of the game which allowed the Steelers to run one more plan.

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Latest News

Steelers | Vance McDonald ready to play (Fri Nov 8, 06:11 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 8, and is not on the injury report for Week 10.

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Steelers | Week 10 injury report for Pittsburgh (Fri Nov 8, 03:15 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder), OG Ramon Foster (concussion), RB Benny Snell (knee) and FB Roosevelt Nix (knee) did not practice Friday, Nov. 8, and have been ruled out for Week 10 versus the Los Angeles Rams. WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (foot) was added to the injury report after a limited practice Friday and is listed as questionable. RB Trey Edmunds (ribs), LB Mark Barron (non-injury), WR Ryan Switzer (back), TE Vance McDonald (non-injury), C Maurkice Pouncey (non-injury) and DE Tyson Alualu (knee) practiced in full Friday and no longer appear on the injury report.

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Steelers | Vance McDonald takes part in practice (Thu Nov 7, 05:39 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 7.

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Steelers | Vance McDonald sits out (Wed Nov 6, 06:52 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 6.

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Steelers | Vance McDonald posts touchdown (Sun Nov 3, 05:18 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald registered five grabs for 30 yards and a touchdown on seven targets in Week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts.

Our View: McDonald had a good day as Mason Rudolph concentrated on short, safe passing. He'll be worth a streamer look against the Rams next week.
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Schedule

11@ Cleveland Browns
12@ Cincinnati Bengals
13vs Cleveland Browns
14@ Arizona Cardinals
15vs Buffalo Bills
16@ New York Jets
17@ Baltimore Ravens