San Francisco 49ers rookie tight end Vance McDonald, who was selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, has already begun to impress the team’s coaching staff. Obviously, that is great news for the 49ers, especially since the organization will rely upon McDonald to produce in his first season in the league.
There is no question Vernon Davis is the star tight end on the team. However, it is critical that other players step up in order for San Francisco to be successful. Even though McDonald is only a rookie, the 49ers are confident he will be able to contribute at a high-level immediately.
McDonald has not been able to show the team what he can do with pads on as training camp has yet to start. With that being said, he has shown the ability to get open in the field, haul in impressive catches away from his body and break away from defenders during the practices without pads. The fact is the coaches are excited to see the 6’4”, 267-pound receiver in pads, especially since he is known to be very physical on the gridiron.
“Vance is doing a nice job,” 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said, according to 49ers.com. “He’s progressing nicely. We threw everything at him at two different positions in the offense and he’s progressing really well. I like his demeanor and I like the progression he’s on.”
If McDonald is as good as the team hopes he can be the 49ers are going to have quite the 1-2 punch at the tight end position.