No. 5: TE Vance McDonald Hauls in Two Touchdown Receptions
Here’s a lofty bold prediction for you — tight end Vance McDonald’s problem with the dropsies is all but over.
Perhaps. But let’s go with another bold prediction. San Francisco’s fourth-year tight end winds up hauling in not one, but two touchdown grabs from quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Why would this happen?
Well, the 49ers don’t have a lot of answers outside of No. 1 wide receiver Torrey Smith. And we can guess head coach Chip Kelly will utilize his tight ends a lot more than former head coach Jim Tomsula.
McDonald developed a bit of a rapport with Gabbert last season, which led to three touchdowns in what was the former Rice product’s best season as a pro. And the 49ers will be relying on him to make a substantial impact in 2016.
We saw some of this in the preseason. McDonald led all 49ers receivers with 94 receiving yards. Sure, these stats don’t exactly count. But we can gauge the use.
Los Angeles also gave up a total of 85 catches for 933 yards to tight ends last season. That’s an average of 5.3 grabs and 58.3 yards allowed per game.
The opportunities should be there.
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