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Draft Scout Vance McDonald News
06/04/14 - TE Vance McDonald has gotten the lion's share of reps with the first-team offense with Vernon Davis still absent from the voluntary workouts. The 49ers are hoping McDonald can become more of a receiving threat this season after being used mostly as a blocker in 2013.
"Last year it was so new, and there was so much information you had to retain for the next day, you just could only focus on that," McDonald said.
McDonald registered just eight receptions for 119 yards last year after coming out of Rice as the team's top passing target. Draft projections said McDonald was further along as a receiver than a blocker, but the opposite proved to be true in his first season in the NFL.
With a slew of new receivers and a healthy Michael Crabtree, McDonald's development as a pass-catcher could be a plus for an offense that's hoping to spread out defenses after facing eight- and nine-man fronts more than any other offense in the league in 2013.
12/04/13 - TE Vance McDonald (ankle) did not practice Wednesday and is not expected to play against Seattle.
09/16/13 - TE Vance McDonald has a pair of catches through two games -- two more than former first-round pick A.J. Jenkins had his entire rookie season a year ago.
04/28/13 - With the departure of Delanie Walker to Tennessee in free agency, the 49ers filled the void with Rice tight end Vance McDonald with the No. 55 overall pick. They sent a sixth-round pick and the No. 61 pick to move up. McDonald, a converted wide receiver, often played in the slot. He caught 119 passes for 1,504 yards and 15 touchdowns in 48 games for the Owls. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 2/55 -- Vance McDonald, TE, 6-4, 267, Rice...Many had Zach Ertz pegged to the 49ers, but McDonald has a lot of similar traits. He's able to play in the slot and the converted wide receiver is a matchup nightmare for both corners and linebackers. - The Sports Xchange