Originally posted by Joecool:
Is anyone else as stoked about McDonald as I am? This dude is the TE we have always needed to become a truly balance offense. What's even more awesome is that he is versatile in the passing game. It hasn't been since Eric Johnson when we have had a TE that is versatile in the passing game. Vernon makes this offense explosive but he was not a true TE in terms of his route-strength. Throwing to Vernon was always a small window as his catching range is not very good. We finally have a TE that has a large catching window.
Actually if you go back to one of my comments (from MY thread, which this is) I compared him to Eric Johnson. Both are cerebral studs, both played WR in college and are versatile. Plus their size is close together.. McDonald has the blocking and pass catching potential to become a great TE. On paper he's a lot like Gronk, but intangibly and intellectually McDonald has much more potential to excel in a wider range of aspects, due to his capacity to learn and assimilate the information attained. And I still believe as long as he's backing up Vernon, the best way to utilize his talents is to try him on defense once he learns how to sustain leverage. Imagine Paul Krueger type of pass rusher, who's faster, quicker and could cover as well as any OLB. If that were his primary position on the strong side, he'd get 10+ sacks, plenty of PD's and ints to go along with them.:-)
[ Edited by bdub2588 on Jun 24, 2013 at 12:48 PM ]