Tight End Vance McDonald
Fourth-year tight end Vance McDonald is enjoying the best preseason of his pro career. Through two games, he’s hauled in a combined five receptions for 92 yards and this incredible 43-yard touchdown grab versus Houston.
McDonald’s reputation thus far includes his poor hands, although efforts like the ones we’ve seen over these first two preseason games are a good sign.
It’s important, given the Niners’ questions at wide receiver and under center.
San Francisco is still trying to figure out which wideouts step up behind No. 1 guy Torrey Smith. Additionally, the 49ers haven’t exactly locked into a starting quarterback either.
If tight ends truly are a quarterback’s best friend, especially in the red zone, some sort of chemistry between McDonald and the Niners’ first-team passer will be inherent in ensuring San Francisco’s offense has some sort of rhythm.
Green Bay’s defense, while nothing on par with what the Broncos’ first-team unit offered last weekend, should prove to be a solid challenge.
If anything, fans should be able to tell whether or not McDonald is on an upward trend.
Even if it’s a little late in coming.
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