When the Pittsburgh Steelers traded for Vance McDonald

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just days before the start of the 2017 season https://www.steelerssportshop.com/Anthony-Chickillo-Jersey , little was known about the former second-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers beyond a reputation for drops and the inability to stay healthy. During his first year with the Steelers, it appeared those traits had followed him to Pittsburgh, but in 2018, fans are warming to a very different version of the oft-maligned tight end of last season.Although McDonald technically suited up for 10 games in his debut year with the Steelers, he finished far fewer games than he started due to a variety of injuries — ultimately seeing only 270 snaps on offense out of the 1038 available (24.4%). The five drops he recorded marked the highest total of his professional career, matching a feat he achieved in 2015, but because of far fewer targets, this earned him his worst drop-rate percentage in five seasons. Fast forward a year, and McDonald looks like a different player. He’s lost only one game to injury so far and he’s close to doubling his production from 2017 in the first six games of 2018. After a mere 14 receptions for 188 yards last season, McDonald has already recorded 23 catches for 321 yards and, perhaps most importantly, no drops. His connection with Ben Roethlisberger is clearly showing signs of growth, with the quarterback enjoying a 126.3 rating when targeting his tight end and only five of his 28 passes to McDonald having fallen incomplete. With increased production comes increased playing time and he has already seen 223 snaps with less than half the year gone and at over double the rate of his previous season at 54 percent.As he’s become more comfortable in the offense, his play on the field has flourished. As several defenders can attest this season, McDonald is playing a much more physical game this season. Punishing would-be tacklers has become something of a signature move for the tight end this year and we’ve seen notable highlights almost weekly. As the Steelers struggle to find consistency with a third wide receiver, McDonald continues to stake his claim as the go-to option and he currently finds himself fourth on the team in yards and receptions, just two yards shy of James Conner’s total. Martavis Bryant ended the year fourth in yards and receptions in 2017 with 50 catches for 603 yards — numbers McDonald would easily surpass on his current trajectory. Once considered by many sports pundits and fans as a candidate likely to be released, his violent playing style has won over the detractors in 2018. If he can continue to progress during the second half of the season and also remain healthy, he could be a vital piece in the push towards another divisional title. Welcome to Week 10 of the college football season!Headlined by the meeting of the Alabama Crimson Tide, currently ranked No. 1 in the country, and the No. 4 LSU Tigers. If ‘Bama wins they all but secure the SEC West.In another SEC match up James Conner Jersey , the No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs travel to Lexington to face the No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats. This meeting could decide the outcome of the SEC East.Michigan has won seven in a row after losing to Notre Dame on opening weekend. A win against a scrappy Nittany Lions team could help their chances at getting one of the four playoffs spots. West Virginia and Texas battle it out in a Big 12 showdown with conference championship ramifications. A win by the Mountaineers and a win out makes the November 23rd meeting with Oklahoma significant. A win by Texas and a win by WVU against OU could put Texas as the conference champ.No. 6 Georgia (-10) at No. 11 Kentucky 3:30 CBSNo. 12 West Virginia at No. 15 Texas (-2.5) 3:30FoxNo. 14 Penn State at No. 5 Michigan (-10) 3:45 ESPNNo. 1 Alabama (-14) at No. 4 LSU 8:00 CBSThis week’s draft highlight game:No. 12 West Virginia at No. 15 Texas (-2.5) 3:30FoxTexas LonghornsCalvin Anderson #66 OT 6’5” 300Collin Johnson #9 WR 6’6” 220Lil’ Jordan Humphrey #84 WR 6’4” 225Kris Boyd #2 CB 6’ 195Longhorn BreakdownCB Kris BoydI love Boyd’s feistiness and aggressiveness as a whole. Boyd is one of the best press man guys in the class and it shows. His hands are great and he bumps guys off their route often. He consistently sticks with team’s top receiver easily. He shows great ball skills, with tracking being a key, but his hands are like Ike’s. He has fluid hips and his mirroring skills are fantastic as a result of it. He processes well in zone and makes plays, or deflections on them. In run defense, he is fantastic, as he is a sure tackler and shed blocks easily. He does need to add bulk to his upper half, as bigger bodied receivers can give him issues. Even though he is good in zone, he has a limited time playing in zone, and sometimes can lose his zone awareness, which could leave him open to a big play every now and then.Round Grade: Early 2ndNFL Comparison: Darius SlayWR Collin JohnsonA huge 6’6” frame that has speed on it. He turns on the burners in the open field and it is already over. Combined with the fact that it is incredibly tough to jam him due to his fantastic footwork and strong frame, it is tough to stop Johnson. His breaks are so crisp with those fluid hips and he leaves guys on the ground at times. His contested catch ability combined with fantastic body control might be the best in the class, bar Hakeem Butler. He high points it consistently and goes all out in all areas that he possibly can to make fantastic catches. He even is a great blocker.However, I would like to see him get more vertical more often and work out of different alignments, including the slot more. While he is fantastic with leverage, he needs to not overplay that and open up windows for overhanging safeties. Round Grade: Mid 2ndNFL Comparison: Robby AndersonWest Virginia Mountaineers Will Grier #7 QB 6’1” 214Yodny Cajuste #55 OT 6’4” 316David Sills V #13 WR 6’3” 203Gary Jennings #12 WR 6’ 210Mountaineer BreakdownQB Will GrierGrier is going to be someone that is debated as being a first round pick, and should Justin Herbert not declare, I can see that happening. Something about Grier is that he just insanely smart. He dissects defenses at will pre-snap and post-snap, which is why I like him a decent bit. Combine that with good arm strength and you have an intriguing prospect. He just does not get bogged down in bad decision making. The guy has some really nice ball placement and makes back shoulder throws all the time. And combine that with an ability to truly extend the play from the pocket, in which he is comfortable in even under pressure, is a huge plus. His mobility reminds me of Sam Darnold’s ability to scramble and throw on the run. However, his deep accuracy is a huge question for me. It is spotty at best Roosevelt Nix Color Rush Jersey , even if he gets it down there and he will consistently miss his open guys for should be touchdowns. And while he can be good at recognizing coverages, he does not manipulate with his eyes well enough to deceive as one would like. His release could be more efficient and I wish it was, as with the accuracy issue, it does tank him a bit.Round Grade: Early 3rd RoundNFL Comparison: Chad PenningtonWR David Sills VSills is a big bodied receiver and plays like one through-and-through. He bullies people at the line and is not affected by press at all due to good hands and solid footwork. His release is thus impeccable and his stems always end with vertical angles, which allows him to always win the leverage battles. He knows how to win leverage in contested catch situations and makes them consistently. His smart play allows him to find soft spots in zones constantly. His hips are fluid and his breaks look quick for a man of his size, which make a route runner than one would think for his size. He always shows how aware he is of the sideline and becomes a great red zone threat, but also a threat after the catch.However, he has the dropsies unfortunately. His hands fail him in traffic and sometimes just in the open field. Add in that his route tree is sparse and you’re looking at a guy that while a great deep threat, is limited as a receiver. He needs to add bulk to his frame as he can beat by lengthy corners and has to be schemed open as a result. He lacks the overall awareness of where the ball will be thrown and misses back shoulder throws far too often.Round Grade: Mid 3rdNFL Comparison: Kelvin Benjamin (with work ethic)SleepersWR Keesean Johnson #3 - Fresno StateYes, he has the same name as Keyshawn Johnson, and he is really good too. He has some stupidly fluid hips that not only allow super quick breaks, but in addition to all that, exquisite route running. He has absolute titanium hands that simply do not drop a ball in sight. He high points everything and goes up to make contested catches all the time. His awareness of the field allows him to be a fantastic sideline receiver. He knows how to use his leverage and wins with it easily. He plays with a high motor consistently and flies around giving it his all.His athleticism is not great, and I would like to see him utilize his frame a bit more of jump catches, to make them less 50-50 and more 70-30. He is only decent at best after the catch and can be tackled rather easily. Round Grade: Mid 3rdNFL Comparison: Mahamed SanuTE Josh Oliver #89 - San Jose StateThe one tight end that needs to be getting so much more attention than he is. He is a deadly receiver that can win to all parts of the field. With him being 6’5”, it is no doubt not shocking at all to see him be a great red zone threat and contested catch target. The way he uses his frame and leverage to just box everyone out is quite impressive though. He is athletic enough to go up and get the ball from just about every DB. His rounds are not fantastic but they are crisp and allow him to work out of the slot still. He is also so slippery and tough to bring down in the open field.He is a capable blocker and shows great flashes, but lanky, raw frame that still needs filled out means he can be bullied at times. Often gets taken out of plays in chips, and needs to work on that much more. He needs to expand his route tree to become a premier NFL TE.Round Grade: Early 3rdNFL Comparison: David Njoku...Tell us who you have your eye on and what games you will be tuning in to on Saturday.

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