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Monday, July 9, 2018, 7:14pm
"Can TE Vance McDonald untap his vast potential?" That was the question posed by Steelers beat writer Joe Rutter.
"The Steelers thought enough of McDonald to trade for him in the final week of the preseason last summer. Team officials believe a full season learning the Steelers system will benefit McDonald, who has never surpassed 30 catches or 391 receiving yards in five NFL seasons. Of course, he needs to stay healthy, which was a difficulty for McDonald in his first year with the Steelers. He also has been plagued by drops in his career," Rutter went on to answer.
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James is entering the final season of his rookie contract, but don't forget, McDonald had the best game of his career in the divisional playoffs with a line of 10-112-0. The story said the Steelers think McDonald can be among the top tight ends if healthy. McDonald is our No. 20 ranked TE and is another late option in drafts.
Posted by Dale Lolley
Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:23pm
Vance McDonald will clearly be the Steelers' top tight end this season and that could add up to some very big games, as his 10-catch, 116-yard effort in the playoffs would suggest. He's a breakout candidate in 2018 who should see upwards of 75 targets if he stays healthy.
That health is a big issue for McDonald. He has yet to play in more than 15 games in his five NFL seasons, missing a game or two here and there. Also, with all of the stars in this lineup, he's the fourth or fifth option.
2018 Bottom Line
The Steelers acquired McDonald just before the season started last year and because of that, some minor injuries forced the team to limit his usage and hold him out of a couple of games because he didn't practice all week. That won't be an issue this season. McDonald should easily surpass his career-highs of 30 catches and 391 receiving yards. His current ADP is in rounds 13-16. He could surpass that in value with a really good season. But expect 40+ catches for 500 or so yards.
2018 Strength of Schedule - PIT
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2017 Game Stats
|Per game||1.40||18.80||0.10||2.30||13.43||0||0||0||0||0.00||2.48||3.88||27.00/68.70||39.90% |