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Vance "Big Mac" McDonald Thread

Originally posted by SofaKing:
Yup. I look at Luke Willson and he's basically the same guy McDonald is. No reason why we can't use Vance the same way. But the coaches don't seem to flex him out wide and give him an opportunity to play like he did in college. At Rice he was used as a big slot WR. Here we're trying hard to turn him into an in-line TE and blocker. His strength is running routes and catching passes. Wish we played him more to his strength.

yup
or wish they would have him do BOTH

block

and spread out

consistently

makes it harder to defend
Originally posted by 1swift:
Originally posted by ginseng1000:
where has this guy been? Why aren't any passes going his way? I would assume the focus on Vernon Davis would open up some looks for this guy?

I'd assume some combination of:


  1. He has no hands,
  2. Kaep not trusting him,
  3. Kaep doesn't make it through his progressions very well under fire

Cuz only VD and Q catch touchdowns. That's the only thing you need to know.
Delanie Walker had two receptions in his first year. McDonald is raw. He's had opportunities but he's dropped those. He'll keep developing.
Originally posted by BrianGO:
Delanie Walker had two receptions in his first year. McDonald is raw. He's had opportunities but he's dropped those. He'll keep developing.

he needs to go work on his hands like vernon did. now vernon is one of our most sure handed targets, when he came in i thought he would be nothing but a more athletic lineman after all the drops he had. mcdonald needs work but he can be legit, his size is really good
Inactive today.
Originally posted by DatNyjerSireez:
Inactive today.

like a boss!
Originally posted by DatNyjerSireez:
Inactive today.

Saw that. Is Carrier active?
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Originally posted by Travisty13:
Originally posted by DatNyjerSireez:
Inactive today.

Saw that. Is Carrier active?

yes Carrier and Celek will back up Davis.
Originally posted by DatNyjerSireez:
Inactive today.

lame
Originally posted by sfout:
Originally posted by Travisty13:
Originally posted by DatNyjerSireez:
Inactive today.

Saw that. Is Carrier active?

yes Carrier and Celek will back up Davis.
Wow! Is there an injury I hadn't heard about?
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Originally posted by Travisty13:
Originally posted by sfout:
Originally posted by Travisty13:
Originally posted by DatNyjerSireez:
Inactive today.

Saw that. Is Carrier active?

yes Carrier and Celek will back up Davis.
Wow! Is there an injury I hadn't heard about?

ankle injury. probably a minor sprain and they want him healthy for the playoffs.
Originally posted by BrianGO:
Delanie Walker had two receptions in his first year. McDonald is raw. He's had opportunities but he's dropped those. He'll keep developing.

See, i really kind of disagree with that. He had two tough catches that he did not make. Then he gets put on ice. What does that do for a players confidence, that you are in the doghouse with OC/HC. And those were really tough catches. This guy walks with his knuckles on the ground. We should be targeting him for medium yards all over the place, and keep throwing it to him until he starts to catch them. Within reason.
Originally posted by BrianGO:
Delanie Walker had two receptions in his first year. McDonald is raw. He's had opportunities but he's dropped those. He'll keep developing.

Exactly!!!

Plus what a lot of fair weather's on here are missing his he is being honed on the blocking scheme of the NFL. Huge my fellow fans. This he needs to grasp first. He shows lots of upside.
Originally posted by brodiebluebanaszak:
Originally posted by BrianGO:
Delanie Walker had two receptions in his first year. McDonald is raw. He's had opportunities but he's dropped those. He'll keep developing.

See, i really kind of disagree with that. He had two tough catches that he did not make. Then he gets put on ice. What does that do for a players confidence, that you are in the doghouse with OC/HC. And those were really tough catches. This guy walks with his knuckles on the ground. We should be targeting him for medium yards all over the place, and keep throwing it to him until he starts to catch them. Within reason.
pretty sure he is injured and not in the doghouse. no way carrier would push him out of his spot. I think McDonald is just being underutilized. it is hard to make plays when the TE ahead of you is the best in the league
Originally posted by brodiebluebanaszak:
Originally posted by BrianGO:
Delanie Walker had two receptions in his first year. McDonald is raw. He's had opportunities but he's dropped those. He'll keep developing.

See, i really kind of disagree with that. He had two tough catches that he did not make. Then he gets put on ice. What does that do for a players confidence, that you are in the doghouse with OC/HC. And those were really tough catches. This guy walks with his knuckles on the ground. We should be targeting him for medium yards all over the place, and keep throwing it to him until he starts to catch them. Within reason.

One play a few games ago that sticks in my mind (and might be one of the two you refer) hit him right in the hands and was immediately stripped. Had no chance due to defender, but no separation from the defender. I didn't buy many saying our passing game was suffering due to all receivers not gaining separation, but there is a hint of truth in past games with our lesser WRs, and a little with McDonald. Also wasn't Delanie a WR in College?