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89 Vance McDonald TE

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October 21, 2020 10:48 AM
Steelers' Vance McDonald: No catches against Cleveland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDonald was not targeted on any of his 40 offensive snaps during Sunday's 38-7 win against the Browns.

The veteran tight end was right on trajectory with his usual workload in Week 6, as he had averaged 39 offensive snaps per game over Pittsburgh's first four outings of the year. The Steelers ran 37 times compared to just 23 pass attempts against the Browns, having jumped out to a dominant 24-0 advantage by the 5:43 mark of the second quarter. McDonald may see more work in the passing game Week 7 against the Titans in what figures to be a highly competitive clash between undefeated squads, and he has a decent chance of falling into the end zone with Tennessee already having surrendered four touchdowns to opposing TEs on the season.

October 12, 2020 01:20 PM
Steelers' Vance McDonald: Records one catch in Week 5
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDonald recorded one catch for four yards in Sunday's 38-29 win over the Eagles.

McDonald was more involved in Week 3, logging a season-high three receptions and 35 yards, but he took on a minimal role once again following the Steelers' bye week. He remains entrenched behind Eric Ebron on the team's depth chart, which has resulted in McDonald being targeted just eight times over the first four weeks of the 2020 season.

September 27, 2020 10:32 PM
Steelers' Vance McDonald: Remains in Ebron's shadow
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDonald caught all three of his targets for 35 yards in the Steelers' 28-21 Week 3 win over the Texans Sunday.

Eric Ebron led Pittsburgh in receiving yards -- and finished tied with receiver James Washington for the most receptions and targets -- further widening the gap with McDonald as the primary pass-catching tight end. Week 4 opponent Tennessee has limited opposing tight ends to just 54 yards per game, but the Titans have also yielded a touchdown in each contest to the position. This favors Ebron, making it difficult to insert McDonald in fantasy lineups.

September 21, 2020 11:56 AM
Steelers' Vance McDonald: More of the same in Week 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDonald had three yards on one catch in Pittsburgh's 26-21 win over Denver Sunday.

Targeted twice, McDonald produced an identical stat line as in Week 1. He is behind Eric Ebron on the tight end depth chart and the offense just has too many receiving options to suggest McDonald has any fantasy value heading into Week 3 against the Texans.

September 15, 2020 02:16 PM
Steelers' Vance McDonald: One catch in opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDonald caught one pass for three yards in Monday night's 26-16 win over the Giants.

This was a disappointing outing for McDonald, who was only targeted twice all game and not at all in the second half. He saw fewer targets only twice all last season, but with Eric Ebron now in the mix at tight end, McDonald cannot be relied on heading into Pittsburgh's Week 2 home opener against the Broncos.

June 4, 2020 01:16 PM
Steelers' Vance McDonald: Role likely decided in camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 16, 2020 04:36 PM
Steelers' Vance McDonald: Restructures deal with Steelers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 30, 2019 07:48 PM
Steelers' Vance McDonald: Another disappointing effort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 22, 2019 06:28 PM
Steelers' Vance McDonald: Lackluster effort in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 20, 2019 02:56 PM
Steelers' Vance McDonald: Cleared to play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 18, 2019 07:12 PM
Steelers' Vance McDonald: Returns to full practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDonald (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday.

The activity is a step in the right direction for McDonald, but as of Wednesday, he remains in the NFL's concussion protocol. The tight end will thus look to gain clearance from an independent neurologist in the days leading up to Sunday's game against the Jets.

December 13, 2019 03:00 PM
Steelers' Vance McDonald: Ruled out for Week 15
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDonald (concussion) didn't practice Friday and has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bills, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

The Steelers will be down two of their key pass catchers in Week 15 with McDonald slated to join wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) on the inactive list. Nick Vannett, who played 38 offensive snaps in relief of a concussed McDonald in the Week 14 win over Arizona, is the leading candidate to start at tight end against Buffalo.

December 12, 2019 03:20 PM
Steelers' Vance McDonald: Upgrades to limited practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDonald (concussion) was limited at practice Thursday.

That's a step in the right direction for McDonald, who missed practice Wednesday, but as of Thursday, he's still in the NFL's concussion protocol. We'll revisit the tight end's status Friday, once the Steelers release their final Week 15 injury report in advance of Sunday's contest against the Bills.

December 11, 2019 08:36 PM
Steelers' Vance McDonald: Misses practice Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDonald (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday.

McDonald, who was forced out of Sunday's win over the Cardinals, remains in the NFL's concussion protocol at this stage of the week. If he's unable to gain clearance for this weekend's game against the Bills, Nick Vannett and Zach Gentry would be next in line for reps at tight end.

December 10, 2019 10:36 PM
Steelers' Vance McDonald: Concussion confirmed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDonald suffered a concussion this past Sunday in Arizona, Brooke Pryor of reports.

McDonald left the eventual victory in the second half to be evaluated for a head injury, the nature of which wasn't confirmed until Tuesday. With his entrance into the concussion protocol, he's now subject to an evaluation from an independent neurologist before getting clearance for game action. Nick Vannett and rookie Zach Gentry are next in line for TE reps for the Steelers.

December 8, 2019 07:56 PM
Steelers' Vance McDonald: Possible concussion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDonald was forced out of Sunday's game against the Cardinals with a possible concussion, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Prior to his exit from the game, McDonald hauled in his only target for three yards. Nick Vannett is next in line at the tight-end position in McDonald's absence.

December 2, 2019 04:36 PM
Steelers' Vance McDonald: Three catches in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDonald had three receptions for 21 yards in Pittsburgh's 20-13 win over Cleveland on Sunday.

This was yet another lackluster performance for McDonald, although he made the most of his limited opportunities. He now has four or fewer targets in seven games this season. Pittsburgh travels to Arizona in Week 14 and faces a defense that has yielded 13 touchdowns to opposing tight ends. McDonald could potentially take advantage, but he's scored only once in the past nine games and is a risky fantasy play.

November 24, 2019 07:04 PM
Steelers' Vance McDonald: Worst game this season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDonald caught his only target for one yard in Pittsburgh's 16-10 win over Cincinnati on Sunday.

McDonald wasn't targeted until the second half after being targeted seven times in each of his last three games. The one yard was his lowest production in 32 games dating back to October 2017. McDonald had three receptions for 33 yards against Week 13 opponent Cleveland two weeks ago and offers little value as fantasy playoffs approach.

November 15, 2019 01:40 PM
Steelers' Vance McDonald: Three receptions in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDonald caught three passes for 33 yards in Pittsburgh's 21-7 loss to Cleveland on Thursday night.

McDonald saw a team-high seven targets, but was unable to do much with them on a night the entire Pittsburgh offense struggled. Injuries to JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion), Diontae Johnson (concussion) and James Conner (shoulder) -- all forced out of action and unable to return -- could dictate that McDonald has a significant role in the offense in Week 12 against the Bengals. Still, the tight end has scored just one touchdown in the last seven games and has yet to exceed 40 receiving yards in a game this season.

November 11, 2019 11:56 AM
Steelers' Vance McDonald: Struggles in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDonald caught three of seven targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 17-12 win over the Rams. He also gained two yards on one carry.

Mason Rudolph spread the ball around, with McDonald among five players receiving either six or seven targets. The tight end couldn't do much with his volume though, and he hasn't reached 50 yards receiving in 18 consecutive games dating back to last season. With only two weeks with bye considerations remaining on the NFL schedule, fantasy owners have little reason to roster McDonald in Week 11 against the Browns.

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