McDonald and Eric Ebron likely will compete for starting reps at tight end in training camp, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. McDonald played 69 percent of the offensive snaps as Pittsburgh's top tight end in 2019 and restructured his deal to remain with the team in March, but the signing of Ebron in free agency clouds the former's outlook for 2020. Despite seeing ample playing time last season, McDonald caught only 38 of 55 targets for 273 yards and three touchdowns, though the quarterback situation following Ben Roethlisberger's injury certainly played a part in the poor production. Regardless, McDonald's opportunities could become more sporadic if he doesn't separate himself in camp.
McDonald has restructured his contract with the Steelers, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports. As part of his new deal, he agreed to convert $5.5 million in base salary to signing bonus. The Steelers may have opted to move on from McDonald had his deal not been restructured, but regardless, he will remain in Pittsburgh, and the team now has more cap space with which to pursue free agents.
McDonald caught both his targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens. McDonald's season -- like most of the Steelers -- was derailed once Ben Roethlisberger suffered a season-ending elbow injury in Week 2. McDonald finished the 2019 season with 273 yards and three touchdowns on 38 catches (55 targets) in 14 games. This was a disappointing season after racking up a career-high 610 yards in 2018. McDonald has two years remaining on his current contract.
McDonald had three catches for nine yards in Pittsburgh's 16-10 loss to the Jets on Sunday. McDonald was targeted six times but fell victim to the poor quarterback play that has plagued the Steelers all season. He'll close out the campaign going up against a Baltimore defense that yields the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends in both standard and PPR formats. McDonald had three catches for 34 yards against the Ravens earlier this season.
McDonald (concussion) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jets. With McDonald having cleared the NFL's concussion protocol, he's ready to return to action this weekend. While the tight end will be out there if you need him Week 16, he's been a hit-or-miss option through 12 games this season, and two of his three TDs came back Week 2.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/14||@New York Giants||25||8.00|
|3 Year Avg||50||34||357||3||18||10.50||53|