WR Shaun McDonald - Free Agent

5-10, 177Born: 6-13-1981College: Arizona StateDrafted: Round 4, pick 0

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Game Recaps

2008 Week 1 vs ATL (6 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)

There is still room for McDonald in the new Detroit offense, especially when they fall behind by 21 points early. He was a key target in third down situations and made some tough catches.

2008 Week 2 vs GB (10 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)

Seemingly the forgotten man in the Detroit passing attack, it is clear that McDonald has a role to play, particularly when his team is down three touchdowns in the early going. With fellow WRs Calvin Johnson and Roy Williams stretching the field and getting most of the attention from the Green Bay DBs, McDonald was targeted regularly underneath, including eight times in the second half. Unfortunately, McDonald was unable to reward QB Jon Kitna's decision to pay so much attention to him, and was rarely willing or able to gain any significant separation from defenders.

2008 Week 3 vs SF (4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

McDonald got four targets and came down with two receptions for 13 yards. He was targeted twice on third down.

2008 Week 5 vs CHI (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

McDonald only had one catch for five yards against the Bears.

2008 Week 6 vs MIN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

McDonald played sparingly but did not have a pass thrown his way.

2008 Week 7 vs HOU (6 / 0 / -7 / 0 rec)

McDonald was targeted six times, but did not record a reception. His -7 receiving yards came on a hook and ladder attempt on the last play of the game. WR Mike Furrey caught the pass and lateraled the ball to McDonald, who lost seven yards on the play.

2008 Week 8 vs WAS (8 / 5 / 68 / 0 rec)

With the Redskins defense focused on stopping fellow WR Calvin Johnson, McDonald ended the day tied with RB Kevin Smith as QB Dan Orlovsky's favorite receiver with eight targets. McDonald caught five of these to lead the team with 68 yards, but more than a third of the yards come on the Lions' first passing play of the second quarter. On that play McDonald was able to find some space between two defenders and make the easy grab.

2008 Week 9 vs CHI (6 / 6 / 65 / 1 rec)

McDonald was an important part of the Lions' passing game, hauling in all six of his targets for 65 yards and a touchdown. Midway through the second quarter, McDonald made a great diving catch in the end zone for a 14 yard touchdown. Later in the fourth quarter, McDonald made a great catch on third down where he managed to snag a pass thrown behind him and get the first down.

2008 Week 10 vs JAX (5 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)

WR Shaun McDonald was quiet in the loss. He had one sure touchdown pass bounce off his hands but the team eventually scored on that drive.

2008 Week 11 vs CAR (6 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)

McDonald was targeted the second most among Detroit players, yielding six targets, three catches, and 30 yards. He served as the second wide receiver, but was unable to create space from his routes against the Carolina secondary.

2008 Week 12 vs TB (8 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

McDonald led the team in targets with nine, but finished with just two receptions for 21 yards. Two passes thrown his way were picked off.

2008 Week 13 vs TEN (4 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)

McDonald had a nice pick up for 22 yards when he made the Titans defender bite on a fake to the middle of the field only to bust his route to the outside for an easy pitch and catch. The first Tennessee touchdown was a result of MacDonald coughing the ball up when he was stripped by free safety Michael Griffin.

2007 Week 1 vs OAK (7 / 6 / 90 / 1 rec)

A pleasant surprise for the fourth receiver on the depth charts, McDonald posted 90 yards receiving to lead the team and pulled in a 32 yard score to put the Lions ahead in the fourth quarter.

2007 Week 2 vs MIN (10 / 7 / 71 / 0 rec)

McDonald had another relatively big day, finishing with a game-high seven receptions and tied for the same number of looks as Calvin Johnson (second to Roy Williams' 16). Four of his targets came on the opening possession of the game, either suggesting that Minnesota wasn't paying attention to him or that Detroit wanted to make sure he was getting looks early on. Either way, it's good news for McDonald's prospects the rest of the way. Unless one player clearly separates himself between McDonald and Furrey, each player will have the opportunity to have a nice game on a weekly basis.

2007 Week 3 vs PHI (9 / 5 / 76 / 1 rec)

McDonald caught a 21 yard pass up the middle of the field on the Lions' second drive and almost scored. He was tacked on the two yard line, but the play set up Detroit's first score. Later on in the half, he caught an 11 yard pass for a touchdown and made a good effort to get the ball over the goal line from the two yard line. He caught a 22 yard pass over the middle late in the second quarter for first down. He finished the half with three catches for 55 yards and one touchdown. Kitna missed him early in the fourth quarter in the end zone when he overthrew him on potential second score for McDonald. He had three catches for 21 yards in the second half.

2007 Week 4 vs CHI (4 / 3 / 31 / 1 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

McDonald ran a reverse for nine yards and caught three passes including one for four yards and a touchdown. He filled in for Calvin Johnson and the offense didn't seem to miss a beat.

2007 Week 5 vs WAS (6 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)

McDonald managed to haul in four short passes, totaling 19 yards. McDonald led the team in targets, running primarily short underneath patterns.

2007 Week 7 vs TB (3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

McDonald had yet another extremely quiet game. All of his yardage came on one 17 yard reception, and his other catch went for no gain. Even his other passing target wasn't actually a pass thrown to him. It was supposed to be a pump fake, but Jon Kitna dropped the ball as it was coming forward and it fell to the turf for an incompletion. McDonald got credit for the target, but it was a target in name only.

2007 Week 8 vs CHI (6 / 6 / 64 / 0 rec)

McDonald caught three consecutive passes for 22 yards late in the first half. He added one other catch for two yards in the half. His longest pass would be a 29 yard reception in the second half. He would have an 11 yard catch late in the game. McDonald was one of QB Jon Kitna's favorite targets in the game.

2007 Week 9 vs DEN (9 / 5 / 78 / 1 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

McDonald led the Lions with five catches for 78 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown came on a short pass. McDonald followed a great block by Mike Furrey and raced to the end zone for the score. McDonald ran an end around for a six yard gain early in the game.

2007 Week 10 vs ARI (7 / 6 / 73 / 0 rec, 1 / -15 / 0 rush)

Shaun McDonald was targeted often on crossing routes and was the Lions' leading yardage receiver with 73 yards on six catches. He rushed on a reverse once and was stopped for a 15 yard loss, and fumbled when he was tackled resulting in a Lions' turnover.

2007 Week 11 vs NYG (14 / 7 / 113 / 0 rec)

McDonald saw a team high 14 targets in the game, as he was able to bring in seven of them for 113 yards. He was the most reliable target for Jon Kitna and was able to always find the soft spot in the zone. On the Lions last drive however, Kitna and the Lions were trying to put together a go ahead drive and found an open McDonald, who had the ball bounce off his hands, and into the waiting arms of cornerback Sam Madison to end the game.

2007 Week 12 vs GB (3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

McDonald had another quiet afternoon, though it was almost salvaged. He caught a first quarter pass that took him down to the one yard line, but it wouldn't have mattered even if he did score because a penalty against Detroit negated the seven yard catch.

2007 Week 13 vs MIN (7 / 6 / 54 / 0 rec)

McDonald quietly pulled in six of his seven targets. McDonald frequently worked shorter routes near the sideline, and rarely ventured deep down field. McDonald benefited from the quick passing game the Lions employed to combat the pressure brought by the Vikings and made his day working on underneath routes.

2007 Week 14 vs DAL (12 / 8 / 96 / 0 rec)

McDonald got the start in the place of the injured Roy Williams. McDonald was the receiver that Kitna looked to in the first quarter when the Lions were able to move the ball with ease. McDonald seemed to disappear as Kitna looked to Calvin Johnson in the middle quarters, but resurfaced with a vengeance in the fourth quarter as they were moving the ball on the final two drives. He proved to be a reliable receiver on those drives, catching five of the seven passes thrown his way.

2007 Week 15 vs SD (13 / 5 / 48 / 1 rec)

While Calvin Johnson is the most explosive player on the Lions offense, it is clear that Shaun McDonald is the guy Jon Kitna trusts in a big spot. McDonald led all players in passing targets, and caught the second of Kitna's two touchdown passes on the day. McDonald did have an uncharacteristic issue with dropped passes on two occasions, and he unluckily was the target on three of Kitna's five interceptions. Still, Kitna never stopped looking for him, as evidenced by the eight targets McDonald saw in the second half.

2007 Week 16 vs KC (6 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

McDonald was another of the two reception receivers for the Lions. He gained 26 yards but had some problems securing Kitna's throws. He dropped a couple passes that he should have had.

2007 Week 17 vs GB (11 / 5 / 69 / 1 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

McDonald led all Lions' receivers with 69 yards receiving, and he hooked up with Jon Kitna for Detroit's only touchdown of the game near the end of the second quarter. The score covered 30 yards as McDonald was left wide open by the Green Bay secondary. In addition to his pass catching he also had a rush on an end around play, but McDonald was only able to pick up two yards. He was targeted a number of times in the end zone, but he was unable to haul in any of those passes. McDonald was the intended receiver on Kitna's second interception.

2006 Week 1 vs DEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

McDonald was targeted for one pass but had no receptions in the game.

2006 Week 2 vs SF (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

McDonald caught the only pass thrown to him for eight yards.

2006 Week 4 vs DET (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

In the fourth quarter, McDonald was targeted but could not make the catch.

2006 Week 5 vs GB (3 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

McDonald was one of nine Rams to catch a pass in this game. He finished with 30 yards on a pair of catches.

2006 Week 6 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 28 / 0 rec)

His only catch of the game was a big 28 yard grab on a clutch third down play.

2006 Week 8 vs SD (1 / 1 / 7 / 1 rec)

McDonald made his only target count, hauling in a seven yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter as the Rams played catch-up.

2006 Week 9 vs KC (2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

McDonald helped as a fourth option at wide receiver for the Rams. He grabbed all three of his targets, two short passes surrounding a long 25 yard catch in the second quarter. The first catch for five yards was nullified by a penalty. All three targets came in the first half.

2006 Week 10 vs SEA (2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

McDonald caught both of his targets in the game, but netted only seven yards.

2006 Week 11 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

McDonald dropped a sure catch on third down to start the game, killing the Rams' opening drive. His only catch was on another third down in the third quarter. McDonald caught a short out on third and 8, but only ran the route five yards.

2006 Week 14 vs CHI (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

McDonald's only target came on third down on the Rams' opening drive, but he dropped the ball.

2005 Week 1 vs SF (10 / 7 / 73 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

McDonald received a lot of playing time and a lot of targets from Bulger in the game. He finished the game with seven receptions for 73 yards with one endzone target in the fourth quarter. McDonald also had an end around play that went for a seven yard gain.

2005 Week 2 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

McDonald was thrown to twice - catching his second ball for nine yards in the third quarter. His other target was an overthrow in the first quarter and McDonald had no chance to make the catch.

2005 Week 3 vs TEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

McDonald was targeted on the first play of the game, and other than a one yard punt return and three fair catches, did not touch the ball again all day. After catching eight balls and being targeted twelve times in the first two games, McDonald was a non-factor in this game, even with Isaac Bruce out.

2005 Week 4 vs NYG (13 / 9 / 121 / 0 rec)

McDonald had a lot of targets due to both WR Isaac Bruce's injury, and also the decision by the Rams to throw the ball on nearly every play of the game. He made the most of the passes that came his way, catching nine of 13 targets. McDonald caught the first three passes, gaining 49 yards in the first quarter, and added two more catches to enter halftime as the leading Rams receiver with 73 yards. He added just one 19 yard catch in the third quarter, but reeled in four more passes for 43 yards in the last period. His final two targets were both forced passes that were intercepted by the Giants.

2005 Week 5 vs SEA (8 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)

McDonald was targeted on almost exclusively on short underneath routes, quick outs, and receiver screens. The Rams seemed intent on getting the ball in McDonald's hands in space to allow him to make a play with his legs. Late in crunch time when the Rams had to move the ball in desperation McDonald saw three targets while WR Kevin Curtis disappeared.

2005 Week 7 vs NO (8 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

McDonald was asked to run a variety of routes, but did not capitalize on the opportunity, as he dropped several catchable passes. He ended the day with ordinary numbers, in large part due to him dropping passes, despite being targeted the most by Martin.

2005 Week 8 vs JAX (3 / 2 / 41 / 0 rec)

McDonald ran crisp routes, which enabled him to get open on two of the three times passes were thrown his way. However, he was not targeted in the second half, despite decent numbers in the first half.

2005 Week 11 vs ARI (5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)

McDonald had three receptions for 37 yards, and all three of his receptions resulted in first downs.

2005 Week 12 vs HOU (2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

McDonald was not utilized by the Rams until the fourth quarter. He caught two short passes for 18 yards in the fourth period.

2005 Week 13 vs WAS (2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

McDonald was targeted twice, both in the fourth quarter, and reeled in both passes for 27 yards.

2005 Week 14 vs MIN (3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

McDonald caught just two passes for 18 yards. He did have an end zone target late in the game but the pass was deflected and intercepted by Minnesota's Darren Sharper for a touchback.

2005 Week 15 vs PHI (10 / 6 / 51 / 0 rec)

Roughly half of McDonald's production came after Jamie Martin replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback. McDonald finished with a team high six catches for 51 yards.

2005 Week 16 vs SF (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

McDonald did not contribute much but turned his single catch into a first down.

2005 Week 17 vs DAL (2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

To watch the game, it is surprising that Curtis and McDonald only had a total of five receptions. They caught all five balls thrown their way and while the gains were modest, they provided needed outlets for Martin.