TE Vance McDonald - Pittsburgh Steelers

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

Main      Career stats      Game Logs      Game Recaps      Split Stats      Play-by-play      Latest News

Photo: Ken Blaze, US Presswire

Traditional view      FanDuel view      DraftKings view     

Preseason player page

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Oct 22): McDonald gets the Dolphins this week and still has the Cardinals left on the schedule. He could be part of a streaming approach at tight end.

Week 8: vs Miami Dolphins

All TE vs MIA

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
4 vs CIN 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
5 vs BAL 37 3.0 34 0 0 3.4
6 at LAC 39 1.0 5 0 0 0.5
8 vs MIA PROJ-Dodds * 2.3 * * * *
8 vs MIA PROJ-Tremblay * 1.9 * * * *

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 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.

More

Latest News

Steelers | Vance McDonald invisible on SNF (Mon Oct 14, 12:41 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (shoulder) caught one pass for five yards against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Oct. 13.

link to story   

Steelers | Full practice for Vance McDonald (Fri Oct 11, 04:29 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 11, and is not on the injury report for Week 6.

link to story   

Steelers | Vance McDonald still sidelined (Thu Oct 10, 05:28 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (shoulder) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 10.

Our View: McDonald returned and he was productive last week, but he might not be ready for Sunday night's game. He has had trouble staying healthy in the past, so this isn't a shock. New acquisition Nick Vannett would start if McDonald can't go vs. the Chargers.
link to story   

Steelers | Vance McDonald does not practice (Wed Oct 9, 04:51 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 9.

link to story   

Pittsburgh Steelers Team Links

Depth Chart      Season Stats      Targets      Red Zone      Game Logs

Footballguys Articles

Roundtable Week 5
  FBG Staff - October 2
Roundtable Week 3
  FBG Staff - September 18
Lie Detector Test: How to Sniff Out Coachspeak
  Ryan Hester - August 22
Cutting the Cord: Week 8
  Chad Parsons - October 21
Waivers of the Future: Week 8
  Daniel Simpkins - October 21
Vegas Value Chart: Week 8
  John Lee - October 21
Gameday Injury Expectations: Week 6
  Jene Bramel - October 12
Winning on FantasyDraft - Week 6
  David Dodds - October 12
Week 6 Tight End Tiers
  Sigmund Bloom - October 10
Week 6 Offensive Sleepers
  Sigmund Bloom - October 10

Articles from around the web

Fantasy football preseason preview: Quarterbacks
  David Dorey - June 6
Tight End Drafting: Finding the Next George Kittle
  Justin Weigal - June 7
Which Duds From 2018 Will Be Studs in 2019?
  Mike Tagliere - June 12
Target Share Risers
  Josh Shepardson - June 13
Fantasy Football Preseason Preview: Receivers
  David Dorey - June 21
100 facts for the 2019 fantasy football season
  Matthew Berry - July 2
Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Is the third-year receiver theory still relevant? JuJu Smith-Schuster and Kenny Golladay lead the class
  Jamey Eisenberg - July 5
Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Projections Week -- TE tier rankings
  Heath Cummings - July 5
Fantasy Football Sleepers 2.0: Rookies Kyler Murray, Darrell Henderson lead the way
  Jamey Eisenberg - July 5
Fantasy Football Busts 2.0: Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown among those set to disappoint
  Jamey Eisenberg - July 5

Schedule

8vs Miami Dolphins
9vs Indianapolis Colts
10vs Los Angeles Rams
11@ Cleveland Browns
12@ Cincinnati Bengals
13vs Cleveland Browns
14@ Arizona Cardinals
15vs Buffalo Bills
16@ New York Jets
17@ Baltimore Ravens